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Calls for bi-partisan support on climate action as Queensland introduces new emissions legislation

The Queensland Government's launch of its 75 percent by 2035 emission reduction legislation today signals an impressive turnaround for Australia’s most polluting state, according to the Queensland Conservation Council (QCC).

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Public support for doubling Queensland’s national parks

4 out of 5 Queenslanders support creation of more national parks, but more must be done to ensure unique landscapes and species are properly cared for.

An overwhelming majority of Queenslanders support the creation of more national parks in the state. Polling released today by the Protect Beautiful Queensland alliance, of which Queensland Conservation Council is a founding partner, reveals:

  • 77% of Queenslanders want to see the creation of more national parks
  • 71% want to see the Queensland Government double the number of protected areas by 2030, with 64% supporting achieving this by 2032
  • 94% say they support national parks’ role in protecting Queensland’s native animals and plants, whilst 94% also say national parks are important for recreation and our way of life
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Koala habitat and 'lungs of Brisbane' to be saved by Daisy Hill Conservation Park expansion

Conservationists have welcomed the expansion of the Daisy Hill Conservation Park to better protect endangered koala habitat, while calling for more to be done to protect the species from going extinct in the state's South East.

The Queensland Government has purchased 213 hectares of land to add to the iconic Daisy Hill Conservation Park, which is not only home to a much loved koala centre, but also endangered koalas who live in this eucalypt forest.

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QCC condemns approval of Winchester South mega mine

The Queensland Department of Environment, Science and Innovation's recent approval of Whitehaven's proposed mega mine, Winchester South, is a terrible decision that will impact on Queenslanders still clearing up from storms, fires and floods made worse by climate change.

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Time to "slam the brakes" on the climate crisis as third cyclone threat looms for Queensland

With threats of yet another tropical cyclone looming over the Coral Sea, a sobering truth has emerged: climate change is no longer a distant threat but an immediate issue for all Queenslanders.

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New hope for critically endangered Night Parrot as national parks set to expand

Conservationists have welcomed the purchase of two cattle stations in north west Queensland in the spectacular Channel Country.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service has bought Tonkoro and part of Melrose near Winton, adding about 200,000 hectares to expand existing national parks in the area.

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More local solar, storage key to keeping lights on in heat

The Queensland Conservation Council is calling for more government support for household solar, storage and energy efficiency in response to power outages across the state.

"Unfortunately, due to climate change we’re seeing more frequent and extreme heat waves and other weather events and this puts our electricity grid under a lot of stress," said Stephanie Gray, campaigner at Queensland Conservation Council.

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Queensland reaches 1 million solar milestone

Queensland has reached an incredible clean energy milestone: 1 million rooftop solar installations, according to data by the Clean Energy Regulator.

The Queensland Conservation Council celebrates Queensland's world leading uptake of rooftop PV and says the rooftop revolution was made possible by smart government policy.

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Impact of climate change must be included in Bureau of Meteorology inquiry

The Queensland Conservation Council urges the Government to ensure that the impact of climate change is a key focus within the Federal Government investigation into the nation's emergency warning system, triggered by heightened scrutiny over announcement delays from the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM). 

Dave Copeman says "Australia is facing unprecedented challenges due to climate change, and our emergency systems must adapt to these new realities. We know that as the climate warms, extreme weather events become both more intense and more unpredictable. 

What we have seen in Cairns and the Gold Coast are clear examples of this. The inquiry is an essential step in ensuring that our emergency warning system is responsive to current challenges, but it also needs to ensure that it can handle the increased uncertainty and amplified risks posed by a changing climate". 

Climate change has been missing from the public discussion about these disasters, by political leaders and media reports, and yet the lessons for how we report and respond to these must be informed by climate science. 

We call on the Government to take a holistic approach, where the inquiry includes the impact on a changing climate into the core of emergency warning systems and response strategies.”

With it predicted that Australian households will be paying $35.24 billion every year for the direct costs of extreme weather by 2050, we must invest in more than just an improved warning system. Faster warning systems are important, but they can’t predict every extreme event, and are only part of the solution. 

We need to build greater community capacity to act together as they prepare and respond to extreme weather events. The research shows that a community’s capacity to collaborate, for neighbours to reach out and organise is an essential part of emergency response, and more effective ways to support this action needs to be part of the solution. 


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Win for wildlife as oil and gas banned from Channel Country

Today's long-awaited decision to ban new oil and gas in the Channel Country is a huge win for the region's diverse wildlife and the future health of the Lake Eyre basin.

Conservationists have welcomed the decision by Premier Steven Miles, which follows years of opposition by Traditional Owners, graziers and environmentalists to oil and gas projects in the region.

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