7 May 2019
On Monday, 6 May 2019 the findings of the United Nations report ‘Humans accelerating extinction of other species’ were reported in print media and aired across electronic media. “People are putting nature in more trouble now than at any other time in human history with extinction looming over 1 million species of plants and animals,” scientists said.
Unfortunately, the decline in biodiversity is not news for Wildlife Queensland and other conservation organisations. It is well established that national parks are the cornerstone of biodiversity conservation and protection. Dismayed at the lack of funding directed to national park acquisition and management by the Palaszczuk Government, in April 2018 Wildlife Queensland wrote to the Premier, The Treasurer and the Minister for Environment and Science requesting that a portion of the Waste Levy to be introduced be directed to national park acquisition and management as was the situation when the first Waste levy was introduced in 2011. This request fell on deaf ears and was rejected.
Wildlife Queensland appreciates that by now the ink has probably dried on the 2019-2020 budget but Treasury always has a hollow log for emergencies. The UN report and the interim report from the Senate Environment and Communications Reference Committee on the Australian Faunal Crisis establishes an emergency situation for our natural heritage exists, so it is time to access that hollow log.
You can help!
Wildlife Queensland encourages like-minded supporters to join with our colleagues from National Parks Association of Queensland to lobby politicians in certain electorates and advocate for additional funding for national parks and the Protected Area Estate as a whole.
Please take 10 minutes to adapt the downloadable letter/template to email all, or any, of the four key budget decision makers:
- Hon Jackie Trad, Treasurer and Deputy Premier (email@example.com)
- Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier and Minister for Trade (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Hon Cameron Dick, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (email@example.com)
- Hon Kate Jones, Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development (firstname.lastname@example.org)