The environment of Queensland forms the foundation for its "four pillar" economy - particularly for tourism. The protected areas are the "jewel in the crown" of the environment and already contribute greatly to our economy. Their survival depends on a consistent and sustained approach to the management and protection of their natural values.
MINCA's submission to the Health and Community Services Committee Inquiry into the Nature Conservation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill raises concerns that many of the proposed amendments weaken existing protection and management of these vital areas.
Click here to view MINCA's submission.
The Queensland Government is currently promoting 'co-existence' between the mining and agriculture sectors. A Queensland farmer has recently described the relationship as something similar to that between a lion and a zebra.
As part of this push, the Qld Government is currently conducting a review of the Strategic Cropping Land Act and developing Regional Plans for both Central Queensland and the Darling Downs.
We've made it easy for you to have your say on these processes today. Take a minute to make a submission.
These new plans and papers are designed to severely weaken measures that are already in place and to provide enough loopholes and exemptions to ensure that the mining industry get their game, every time.
The reality is that even the finest farmland will be opened up for coal and gas mining under this system, along with regional towns that will be at risk of even greater encroachment from these damaging industries. Our food production, health and water resources are all at risk.
Submissions are due on the Discussion Paper on the Strategic Cropping Land review by the 9th September and on the two Regional Plans by 20th September. For more information click here.
Act on this today - and do your bit to rein in the predator that is threatening the future of our country.
Thanks for taking a stand.
Lock the Gate Alliance