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It has not taken the newly elected Federal Government long to indicate its attitude towards, and care for, the environment. What future for the climate?Photo © Wildlife Queensland In the first few days of government, public service agencies with a focus on Climate Change and even the apolitical Climate Commission have been abandoned. In the …

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STOP PRESS On 3 November, the Queensland state government announced its decision to direct port operators to preserve ‘Swan Lake’ within their amended Land Use Plan. Wildlife Queensland congratulates all those involved in the successful campaign to stop the destruction of yet another wildlife habitat and commends the Premier and the Environment Minister, Hon Andrew …

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The announcement that a draft memorandum of understanding streaming environmental approvals between the Federal and Queensland State Governments has been signed brings no joy to Wildlife Queensland. Environmental DisasterPhoto © Wildlife Queensland ‘Wildlife Queensland appreciates the necessity to achieve a balance among conservation of our biodiversity, provision for ecological sustainable industries and meeting community needs’ …

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We all treasure something that’s rare, and when it happens to hop into your own backyard it can be an especially rewarding experience. Long-Nosed PotorooPhoto © Andrew Shipway Tracey and Mark Finnegan were thrilled to find out that they are sharing their Kerry Valley cattle farm, which borders the World Heritage Listed Lamington National Park, …

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Wildlife Queensland is simply aghast at the lack of action by the Liberal National Party State Government in addressing animal welfare for our native fauna. Photo © Moreton Bay Regional Council For a number of years Wildlife Queensland has been advocating for a ban to be placed on opera house traps to prevent non-target species …

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Wildlife Queensland wonders where and when will this madness end? The national park estate is about 4.8% of Queensland – well below international recognised desirable standards and certainly below the average in the various States and Territories. Blackbraes National ParkPhoto © NPAQ Today the primary purpose of national parks is to afford protection to and …

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UNESCO has deferred a decision to place the Great Barrier Reef on its ‘World Heritage in Danger’ list. UNESCO was advised by the Federal Government that progress was being made to address their concerns. Queensland Government representatives were also present. Both Governments now claim the recent release of the 2013 Reef Water Quality Protection Plan …

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Professor Hugh Possingham has been awarded a five year $2.4M Australian Research Council Laureate to allow the development of a rigorous framework for deciding if protecting habitat is better than restoring it. Prof Possingham is Director of the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions and Vice-chancellor’s senior research fellow at the University of Queensland. Hugh …

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On 21 May 2013 Hon Andrew Powell, Minister for Environment and The Endangered Boronia repanda – Girraween National ParkPhoto © Queensland Herbarium Heritage Protection introduced the Nature Conservation (Protected Plants) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013. In accord with due process the Bill was referred to the Agriculture, Resources and Environment Committee (AREC) who in …

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The Queensland Government is funding a call for tenders for a feasibility study of a proposed new wild dog check fence in Central Western Queensland which closed on 19 July. Photo © NSW DPI Wild dogs (feral dogs, dingos and hybrids) in Queensland are causing considerable economic loss to the sheep and cattle industries. It …

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