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Halt the land clearing – reinstate the laws that protect our wildlife

Did you think that large scale tree felling and land clearing had stopped in Far North Queensland?

Think again…  read, then scroll down for an easy way to help us to reach our target of 100 emails in 10 hours from the FNQ community.

Under the Newman Government land clearing laws were rolled back and incredibly:

  • Disturbing leaked figures show 275, 000 hectares of native vegetation was cleared in the 2013/14 financial year, nearly triple the rates of 2010.
  • Over 100,000 hectares of woodlands and wilderness are already earmarked for clearing in northern Queensland, with tens of thousands of hectares of clearing already underway.
This is what land clearing in Queensland looks like: (Left: Clearing at Olive Vale, Cape York. Right: Clearing at Strathmore Station, North Queensland.) Image courtesy The Wilderness Society

This is what land clearing in Queensland looks like: (Left: Clearing at Olive Vale, Cape York. Right: Clearing at Strathmore Station, North Queensland.) Image courtesy The Wilderness Society

Currently areas such as the Olive Vale pastoral lease in southern Cape York are subject to large scale clearing.  Olive Vale has been in the news for land clearing that failed to consider matters of national environmental significance including the threatened red goshawk.

The Palaszczuk Government (via then shadow environment minister Trad) promised during the election campaign that Labor would address this and reinstate strong land clearing laws. 6 months into their term and there is as yet no clear action to implement this promise.

Meanwhile the land clearing continues, threatening native species, contributing to climate change and causing erosion and run off that affects Great Barrier Reef water quality.

Reports of ‘rush clearing’ before land clearing laws are reinstated make this all the more urgent.

Read more here:

Former Queensland Government legacy revealed with land clearing tripling in Queensland (CAFNEC)

Land clearing in Queensland triples after policy ping pong (The Conversation)

Qld investigates ‘panic clearing’ of thousands of hectares of endangered bushland (Brisbane Times)

Take action – please send an email to the Queensland Government now.

Join now – email the Premier, Deputy Premier and Environment Minister and help us reach our 100 emails in 10 hours target! – Update: target hit within the 10 hours!! Well done everyone, keep it going.

Update 28/10/15 – the emailer has been updated with a new message to reflect breaking news – read more here: https://cafnec.org.au/2015/10/28/take-action-to-welcome-government-vote-regarding-land-clearing-laws/

Thank you - Stay strong on land clearing!

Dear Premier Palaszczuk (cc. Miles, Trad, Lynham, Gordon and Wellington

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