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Broadly speaking, the Campbell Newman Government’s attitude towards the environment during the party’s first term has been disastrous. While some positive actions did occur these were greatly outweighed by retrograde amendments to legislation and regulation that negatively impacted Queensland’s wildlife. At a recent meeting, the current Environment Minister, Andrew Powell, was asked to provide Wildlife …

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Though it is early days Labor has already shown a clear intention to attempt to reverse the damage suffered by the environment and its wildlife over the past 3 years: Enhanced protection of the Great Barrier Reef A Queensland Labor government will ban the sea dumping of capital dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef …

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Meet on-board orphaned bats
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Join Wildlife Queensland Brisbane Branch on a river cruise to watch sunset from Indooroopilly Island. Come on board to keep the tradition alivePhoto © A Osetroff Hear educational commentaries about bats and the river along the way. See tiny orphaned baby bats on board. When our cruises started in 1984, the sky at Indooroopilly would …

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Mary River Turtle hatchling, appeal postcard- 
Photo © Tiaro & District Landcare Group

Wildlife Queensland President, Peter Ogilvie will present Tiaro & Mary River Turtle hatchling, appeal postcard-Photo © Tiaro & District Landcare Group District Landcare Group with a large cheque on 1 November 2014 in a symbolic hand over of the funds raised through the Society’s Mary River Turtle Appeal. Wildlife Queensland Secretary and two other members …

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Springwood Conservation Park - Photo © www.queenslandholidays.com.au

A recent survey undertaken in the Springwood electorate by sitting Springwood electorate – Photo © www.queenslandlabor.org member, John Grant MP, indicates that the environment and its wildlife have returned to the top 5 or 6 matters of concern among young people. Wildlife Queensland is aware that “one swallow does not a summer make” but welcomes …

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Is the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area now safe? The draft Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan has been released. The draft document comprised of two components - the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan and the Reef Trust - presents some positives. However, Wildlife Queensland notes its lack of explanation as to how proposed actions will deliver desired outcomes, as well as the absence of an apparent investment strategy. The Australian and Queensland Governments are inviting comment on this overarching plan by 27 October 2014.

The draft plan was a collaborative effort by a broad group of interested parties including scientists, development and industry groups, fishers, government agencies and conservation groups, several of which have been critical of the draft, highlighting significant shortfalls. It is understood participants were given an opportunity to offer comment prior to the release of the document, and that several participant organisations forwarded comments to strengthen the draft document. However, it would seem their comments were noted without necessarily being incorporated.

According to government, the Reef 2050 Plan will satisfy the concerns of UNESCO. UNESCO has delayed its decision to list the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area as 'in danger' due to management and potential development decisions that would impact this natural wonder. Some time into next year UNESCO will make its final decision as to whether the Reef 2050 Plan will save the Queensland and Australian Governments from such embarrassment.

Encouragingly, governments are now clearly in a listening mode on particular matters and responding accordingly to public pressure. This is evidenced by their about-turn on sea dumping of dredge spoil in the marine park associated with the Abbott Point development. On the surface, dumping dredge spoil on land appears to be a positive and certainly there should be no dumping in any marine park or immediate environs. However, land dumping, unless conditioned appropriately, has the potential to result in another environmental disaster; the significant Caley Valley wetlands in the vicinity of Abbott Point must not be placed at risk by proposed land dumping.

Further evidence that the Queensland Government is finally listening can be found in their recent action on the use of funnel, round and opera house traps - the killer of platypus and other non-target species in waterways east of the Gore Highway and the Great Dividing Range.

Is the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area now safe? The draft Great Barrier Reef coral spire – Photo © Scott Sporleder Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan has been released. The draft document comprised of two components – the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan and the Reef Trust – presents some positives. However, Wildlife Queensland …

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Australian biodiversity is in decline - Photo © Kenneth Pinto

On 18 June 2014, the Senate referred the Abbott Government’s Australian biodiversity is in decline – Photo © Kenneth Pinto attacks on Australia’s environment for inquiry and report by the third sitting day in 2015. On 27 August 2014 the Senate extended the reporting date to the third last sitting day in June 2015. As …

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Platypus in creek - Photo © Lee Curtis

After years of campaigning by Wildlife Queensland to have opera Platypus remains in opera house trap – Photo © Jim Rebgetz house traps banned, a government has finally listened and has action in hand to reduce ongoing threats to platypus. Wildlife Queensland welcomes the advice received from Primary Industries Minister John McVeigh that there will …

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Platypus remains in opera house trap - Photo © Jim Rebgetz

Despite Wildlife Queensland’s ongoing campaign of over five years to have the deathtraps banned, opera house traps continue to kill platypus and other native animals in Queensland. Platypus remains in opera house trap – Photo © Jim Rebgetz Yet another two platypus were found killed in an opera house trap recently in the Numinbah section …

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Photo © Climate Change Authority

Reassuringly, the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Photo © Climate Change Authority Communications has embarked on yet more inquiries involving the environment and its management. Adding to recent inquiries into offsets policy and the management of the Great Barrier Reef, the first of three additional inquiries by the committee examines existing biosecurity to look …

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