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Albanese government fails to monitor deforestation, leaving it to citizen scientists to uncover potentially illegal clearing

The work of citizen scientists has laid bare the staggering lack of federal government monitoring of deforestation in Australia, after six instances of potentially unlawful land clearing were uncovered in the last four months through a volunteer monitoring program.

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Joint deforestation investigation exposes broken national environment law

A joint investigation by three of Australia's leading environmental organisations has uncovered multiple instances of large-scale deforestation which were not referred to the federal government for approval.

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Illegal clearing of National Park wetland an “international embarrassment”

The bulldozing of a 2km-long driveway through Bowling Green National Park near Townsville is an international embarrassment for Queensland, highlighting critical problems in the state’s ability to respond to illegal clearing across the state.

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New figures reveal scarcity of site visits to check on over 1m hectares of land clearing in Queensland

With more than 340,000 hectares of bushland cleared each year, Queensland continues to push threatened species to the brink of extinction. Only 21 field visits were carried out in 2022-2023, demonstrating that the Palaszczuk Government is leaving broadscale clearing unchecked. With the majority of clearing taking place in 'unregulated' lands known as Category X, it can now be revealed that there are remnant ecosystems, home to koalas and endangered reptiles within these areas that are not being protected. 

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Dire Threat to Koalas from Urban Sprawl in SEQ, new report reveals

A new report to be launched on the Sunshine Coast today shows koalas face an existential threat from urban sprawl and greenfield development in South East Queensland.

The Holding the Line report (PDF 6mb), commissioned by Queensland Conservation Council, shows the new update to the ShapingSEQ regional plan risks taking one of Australia’s fastest growing regions below the 'bare minimum' international benchmark of 30% bushland coverage. Almost 6% of bushland is at risk of being lost to urban sprawl and new developments over the planning time period.

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New land clearing figures show Qld continues to lead deforestation crisis despite global sustainability shifts

Yesterday on National Trees Day, the Queensland Government released the latest Statewide Landcover and Trees Study (SLATS) report. The report shows 349,399 hectares of land was cleared during the reporting period of 2020-2021, cementing Queensland as the national leader in deforestation and continuing Australia’s unenviable international status as a hotspot for deforestation.

While welcoming the decrease in land clearing as shown in the 2020-2021 SLATS yesterday, the Wilderness Society and Queensland Conservation Council have recently acquired new footage, taken this year in Central Queensland, highlighting the devastating reality of broadscale land clearing. Land clearing and deforestation are still driving environmental destruction in Queensland.

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New Report Shows Deforestation Impacts of Beef Industry

UPDATE 28 February: 100,000 hectares of Queensland forest has been lost in unexplained land clearing and require further investigation, according to the latest government data. Read the release here.

A recent report highlights the extent of Queensland's deforestation problem, with recently decimated landscapes including more than 1 million hectares of forest cleared for beef from 2014-2019.

The report also found that:

  • Land clearing in Queensland has increased, but was also underestimated in the past
  • Deforestation for beef pastures destroyed habitats for 388 nationally threatened species and 14 threatened ecological communities over the five year study period.

In 2017, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk promised that "a re-elected Palaszczuk Government will once again drive down tree clearing rates by legislating to end broad-scale clearing of remnant vegetation."

In 2018 some improvements to the Vegetation Management Act 1999 (VMA) were made but those changes did not go far enough, loopholes remain that allow broadscale clearing.

This latest report clearly details the impact of those loopholes and the effect they are having on Queensland’s iconic plant and animal species like the koala, squatter pigeon, ooline and shiny-leaved ironbark.

Queensland has already lost far too much of our iconic natural landscapes and wildlife habitat to land-clearing.

Will you email the premier to ask her to to protect our forests and put an end to mass deforestation once and for all?

Will Australia Sign on to Forests and Climate Leaders Partnership force Queensland to address the deforestation crisis?

Released 8 November 2022

The Queensland Conservation Council welcomes the Australian Government signing the Forests and Climate Leaders Partnership at the Conference of Parties in Egypt yesterday. 

The question is whether this commitment will lead to action to address out of control deforestation in Queensland? 


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Alliance to protect forests and bushland from deforestation launched

Every year in Queensland, hundreds of thousands of hectares of forests and bushland are bulldozed. Threatened species habitat, forests in catchments for the Great Barrier Reef and mature forests are destroyed by deforestation—mostly for grazing and pasture for beef production.

As exposed on the ABC, much of this deforestation occurs with little to no government assessment, due to the state’s weak categorisation of native vegetation and a systemic failure at the Commonwealth level to call-in deforestation for assessment under Federal environment law.

Dave Copeman, Queensland Conservation Council Director said, “the strong community response to the media story shows Queenslanders are shocked at the continuingly high rates of deforestation in our state that make us a global deforestation hotspot.”

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Death by a thousand cuts: out of control deforestation risks wildlife extinction in Queensland

A joint Queensland Conservation Council and Wilderness Society investigation found over 3700ha of legal land clearing of potential threatened species habitat in a Consolidated Pastures property, called Wrotham Park. As covered by the ABC on 7:30 last night, the clearing was undertaken throughout 2021, and is an example of broad scale legal land clearing leading to species loss.

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