Janne Torkkola at Queensland Conservation Council
Janne Torkkola

Janne Torkkola

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  • endorsed 2018-04-27 12:47:31 +1000

    Sign the Letter!

    Add your voice to our letter calling on our political leaders to take action on Land Clearing!


    Dear Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Since laws, policies and enforcement processes were substantially weakened in 2012 and 2013, Queensland’s land clearing rates have risen dramatically to levels not seen for more than a decade.  Clearing is out of control again in Queensland.

    Clearing has a major impact on native wildlife and threatened species which depend on woodlands for habitat. Clearing is also bad for the Great Barrier Reef, waterways, and the climate. State land clearing legislation, planning legislation, enforcement policies and monitoring processes all need to be strengthened and used to achieve a new level of protection from clearing threats.

    I welcomed the introduction of the Vegetation Management and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 into Parliament. Now that the Parliamentary Committee examining the Bill has completed its Inquiry, we look forward to our land clearing laws being strengthened as a matter of urgency.

    While I support the main thrust of the Bill, I also believe it needs to be improved before being passed.  I fully endorse: 

    • scrapping so-called ‘high value agriculture’ as a relevant clearing purpose, introduced by the Newman government;
    • protecting high value regrowing woodlands, re-protecting many woodlands deregulated by Newman, but with a widened definition of ‘high conservation value’ regrowth;
    • scrapping the self-assessed code for thinning, and tighter rules for 'managing thickened vegetation';
    • extending Great Barrier Reef riparian protections to all reef catchments; and
    • phasing out existing Area Management Plans which have allowed for regional clearing.

    I urge you and your government to ensure these provisions are passed, but I would also like to see:

    • removing the capacity to manage thickened vegetation under development application processes;
    • terminating all existing Area Management Plans now; and
    • greater restrictions on fodder harvesting, including smaller limits on volume and a drought declaration trigger.

    The government must also make sure additional protection for koalas, other threatened species and their habitats is achieved.

    I recognise the Vegetation Management and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 represents an important milestone in Queensland’s land clearing law reform. While the Bill alone will not fully address Queensland’s land clearing crisis, it is a significant step forward and I believe it will make a big difference.

    Over time, Queensland needs to ensure its land clearing laws bring down clearing rates, and deliver permanent protection for all old-growth native woodlands and forests, and permanent protection of all other high conservation value native woodlands and forests in the state.

    It is time for much stronger land clearing laws in Queensland. Please make sure this happens to help protect our native woodlands, and native wildlife.

    Yours sincerely

    (Your name here)


  • signed up on Land Clearing 2017-10-05 13:53:36 +1000

    Queensland is in the midst of an environmental crisis from land clearing.

    Land clearing of Queensland’s woodlands and forests is out of control again. A new government report shows an area the size of 550,000 soccer pitches was cleared in just one year in Queensland. Every second in Queensland, a tree is bulldozed and a native animal dies as a consequence of land clearing.  This has to stop. But we need your help to make this happen.

    Take these 4 actions to bring an end to out of control land clearing in Queensland:

    1. Add Your Voice to QCC’s letter to our political leaders calling for stronger action on land clearing

    2. Sign The Pledge to spread the word and have 5 conversations with friends, family, and colleagues

    3. Donate and help us make the fight to protect native habitats bigger and stronger

    4. Raise Community Awareness by sharing our message on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter


    Over the last five years, more than one million hectares of native forests and bushland has been cleared in Queensland. Queensland is the land clearing capital of Australia. Our current clearing levels lock in continued widespread devastation to wildlife and the habitats they depend on.

    This clearing has destroyed tens of thousands of hectares of koala habitat, as well as the habitat of hundreds of other species. Clearing is the primary cause of significant declines in koala populations in several parts of Queensland. In addition, tree clearing and deforestation is a direct contributor to dangerous climate change as landscapes devoid of vegetation no longer store carbon from the atmosphere.

    This clearing crisis has come about through changes to Queensland's land clearing legislation in 2012-2015 under the Newman LNP Government. These changes dramatically weakened the legislation protecting habitat across Queensland and has led to a unprecedented rise in clearing rates.

    An area the size of the Gabba stadium is now bulldozed every three minutes in Queensland.

    With the upcoming state election in mind, QCC along with an alliance of other organisations, is asking all political parties to end the destruction of habitats by strengthening our land clearing laws by committing to 7 Key Priorities to Reduce Tree Clearing:

    7 Key Priorities to Reduce Tree Clearing

    1. Permanent protection for all old-growth native woodlands and forests

    2. Permanent protection of all other high conservation value native woodlands and forests

    3. Removal of ‘Self-Assessable Codes’ for land clearing

    4. Strong monitoring and resourcing for the enforcement of land clearing laws

    5. Improved mapping for vegetation and a halt to exemptions via property maps

    6. Establishment of a substantial ecological carbon fund and support for restoration opportunities

    7. A commitment to prompt, transparent and regular (minimum annual) release of clearing data
    and reporting on impacts.

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