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2022 Annual Report
Read and download our annual report for the 2021–2022 financial year.
Highlights for the year
- The war on single-use plastic continues, with the welcome announcement by the Queensland Government of a consultation on a second nation-leading tranche of single-use plastic items to be banned in Queensland, as well as the announcement of a ban on the mass release of helium balloons in Queensland from 1 September 2023.
- We continue to campaign for a ban on opera house nets. PlatypusWatch project officer Tamielle Brunt met with Fisheries Queensland Executive Director Dallas DeSilva to discuss the dire problem of platypuses being drowned in opera house nets. Queensland is now the only state in Australia with platypus not to ban, or commit to banning, these platypus-drowning nets. However, we understand there may be a significant positive development during 2023.
- Meetings with Minister Scanlon’s staff included discussions about the release of the zoning plan for the Great Sandy Marine Park.
- Meetings with the Department of Environment and Science were held to discuss Protected Area Estate issues, marine park issues, waste, carbon sequestration-related matters and the Common Assessment Method for determining the conservation status of species. Discussions have continued with AMCS concerning various marine park matters.
- Wildlife Queensland continues to serve on a number of government working groups including QDOG, Stock Routes Network working group and stakeholder groups for macropods. The President has attended Ministerial Environmental Round Table (MERT) meetings.
- Wildlife Queensland participated in various meetings with other conservation groups.
- We continue to strive for the expansion of the Protected Area Estate and enhanced management of national parks while opposing certain commercialism.