MEDIA RELEASE: September 13, 2018 -
On the back of a national Senate inquiry into Australia’s faunal extinction crisis, this week Queensland saw a leaked report from the Department of Environment and Science that showed 955 threatened species are without protection due to inadequate funding, poor departmental coordination, a lack of critical habitat declarations and a reliance on weak federal government environmental protection instruments such as the EPBC Act.
QCC would like to highlight the critical role that an engaged community of environmental non-government organisations, such as those in Queensland, play in holding decision-makers to account. Australia is in the midst of a steep slide towards an extinction crisis due to climate change, land clearing, rampant urban development and an over-investment in fossil fuel industries.
The leaked report shows concern for the diminishing state of critical habitat for our unique biodiversity and ecosystems is wide-spread. It is reassuring to know that staff at DES see the need for an internal audit into current threatened species management and recognise the abandonment of threatened species by successive governments.
QCC will be following up on the Department’s response to the Queensland Audit Office’s report and looks forward to working with conservation and sustainability staff to develop an overall strategy. Such a strategy is needed to address the cumulative impacts of habitat loss on biodiversity and ecosystems and to direct adequate resources to improve monitoring and compliance for the effective protection and management of Queensland’s threatened species.
At QCC we see passionate people in the Queensland community working hard every day to speak up for the species and ecosystems that cannot speak for themselves. We call on the Queensland Government to follow the lead of our community and take bold steps to do what is required to protect nature for future generations.