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QLD clears 323,676ha of native forest and bushland in a year, threatening koalas

New data released today shows 323,676 hectares of native forest and bushland - the equivalent of 43,600 Suncorp Stadiums - has been cleared in just one year, a devastating result for Queensland’s native animals. 

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Turkey Station among today's new national parks

Queensland has announced a raft of new national parks totalling 59,000 hectares, as it works toward doubling the State's protected areas.

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Locals 'overjoyed' as 12,000 hectares of new SEQ national parks announced

In a win for people and nature, 12,000 hectares of Southeast Queensland native forests will become national park and conservation park as logging winds up in SEQ State Forests this year.

On Friday the Miles Government started the process to dedicate a selection of former logging zones to protected areas.

Areas that will soon be protected include

  • More than 1000 hectares of Peachester, Beerburrum West and Luttons State Forests which will be added to Glass House Mountains National Park and Glass House Mountains Conservation Park, including habitat for the greater glider and koala
  • About 780 hectares of Yabba, Elgin Vale and Jimna State Forests which will be added to Wrattens National Park north west of Kenilworth, protecting habitat of the tusked frog, glossy black-cockatoo and koala
  • More than 6,400 hectares of Squirrel Creek State Forest between Conondale and Nanango will become Squirrel Creek National Park.
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Dutton to ‘force poisons’ onto the lands of Traditional Owners, can’t be trusted with nuclear

Queensland Conservation Council strongly opposes the introduction of nuclear power into Australia, and calls on opposition Leader Peter Dutton to abandon his dangerous proposal to site nuclear power on the country of First Nations people.

Australia has a shameful history of forcing nuclear harm on First Nations, with the explosion of nuclear bombs for the British Government at Maralinga on the lands of the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara peoples, at Emu Field on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands, and Monte Bello Islands off the WA Coast, and the forced imposition of mining of uranium on the lands of the Mirarr People in Kakadu, and elsewhere.

High level nuclear waste remains radioactive for hundreds of thousands of years. Currently, there are no long duration storage facilities for nuclear waste anywhere in the world, and most nuclear waste is kept in temporary storage near to the nuclear power stations that generate it. This waste will be stored in a temporary and unsafe manner, in storage devices that themselves will become radioactive.

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Regional Queenslanders deserve better than nuclear fantasies

The Federal Coalition's focus on uneconomic nuclear power stations is a dangerous distraction from real climate action.

The Coalition has today earmarked Callide and Tarong as possible sites for nuclear power plants that would be built if it were elected.

Spruiking this false solution creates uncertainty for regional communities when they deserve a well-planned and actionable pathway for transitioning their local economies.

The Queensland Conservation Council calls on the Federal Coalition to provide genuine solutions to the climate crisis that will actually reduce pollution this decade, not divide the community with this new unrealistic proposal designed to delay climate action.

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State LNP needs to show Queensland their renewable energy plan

Queensland Conservation Council has called on the State LNP to come clean on their plan to meet our emissions reduction targets, after David Crisafulli’s budget response confirmed the LNP would not support the Pioneer-Burdekin pumped hydro project.

The LNP also did not vote for the renewable energy targets of 70% by 2032 and 80% by 2035 in April, meaning they do not have a plan to meet the 75% emissions reduction target which they profess to support.

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Miles Budget locks in cleaner, greener future for Qld, but where does Crisafulli stand?

Queensland Conservation Council welcomes the investment into Queensland’s renewable energy future in the 2024 State Budget. This is crucial to protect our environment, particularly the Great Barrier Reef and also build long term opportunities right around Queensland.

The State LNP now needs to confirm how they will support Queensland’s environment and economy through renewable energy to meet our 2035 climate targets.

Queensland has a huge opportunity in the move to renewable energy, but we still have a lot of work to do to build it in a way that protects nature and communities. Queenslanders need certainty on how their Government will be able to lead the energy transformation post October.

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Crisafulli's uncertainty on renewables targets is cause for alarm

Conservationists are concerned the State Opposition is leaving the door open to lower renewable energy targets if it were elected, putting Queenslanders, the Great Barrier Reef and future green economy jobs at risk.

State Opposition Leader David Crisafulli revealed to 7 News last night that he would look at lowering legislated renewable energy targets if he became Premier, despite professing his support to pass the landmark environment laws only seven weeks ago in Parliament.

The Queensland Conservation Council is calling on the Opposition Leader to come clean on his plan for the energy transition before the next election.

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A crack down on deforestation on the way with EPA and EIA

With rampant deforestation across the country and a biodiversity crisis playing out, a new nature watchdog and transparent conservation data are welcome developments, but don’t go far enough to stop more Australian plants and animals dying out this decade.

The second stage of nature positive reforms were introduced into parliament today, setting up Environment Protection Australia and Environment Information Australia.

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Public ownership of Callide C would provide community certainty

The Queensland Conservation Council welcomes news that state-owned CS Energy is seeking to buy the remaining 50 per cent share of the Callide C coal station. The unreliable coal station is currently owned 50/50 by CS Energy and overseas corporations.

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