MEDIA RELEASE:November 2, 2017: Peak conservation body releases priority policies for the 2017 Queensland election
With the Queensland State Election several days into the campaign, peak environment body the Queensland Conservation Council (QCC) has written to the main political parties in the state, laying out the key conservation policy priorities for the election and seeking responses and commitments.
Under the banner of ‘Protecting Queensland’s future should come naturally’, QCC has identified twelve key policy priorities for nature in Queensland. These concern:
Land clearing; Renewable energy: Climate change mitigation: Economic and social transitions; Protection of the Great Barrier Reef; Adani and NAIF; Protected Areas; Cape York Peninsula; Biodiversity protection; Rivers protection and water legislation; Queensland environmental protection legislation and Environment Department; and Funding for state and regional conservation groups.
“We are reminding the state’s political parties that Queensland’s natural values and special places need to be front and centre of policy commitments this election”, said Queensland Conservation Council head Dr Tim Seelig.
“Protecting Queensland’s future should come naturally. Our nature is our future.
“Our amazing lands, freshwater and ocean environments and the incredible wildlife that live in them are what makes Queensland such a great place in which to live, work and play.
“But we should not take these for granted. The next government in Queensland will need to address key threats to our native animals and natural places.
“Queensland is in the midst of an environmental crisis from land clearing, which is the largest single factor in losing wildlife and habitats. Responding to that is a high priority.
“We also need to see more renewable energy and action on climate change, expanded protected areas, specific, stronger environmental laws for lands and rivers, and dealing with destructive development and mining.
“We have now formally written to all the main political parties, and we look forward to receiving their responses to our set of priority conservation policies. This will inform an assessment of how each party proposes to ensure protection of the environment into the future.”
Copies of the QCC Conservation Policy Priorities full and summary documents are attached, and can be downloaded from: http://www.queenslandconservation.org.au/state_election_2017
For further comment contact:
Queensland Conservation Council Coordinator Dr Tim Seelig on 0439 201 183