Media release - 16th October 2013
To the residents of the Cassowary Coast Region, tourists and all those who value Queensland's biodiversity: join us in opposing the Newman Government's predation of National Parks and the rush to convert priceless wildlife reserves into lifeless cash.
Queensland has a miniscule percentage (4.8%) of land historically protected as national park, less than any other state. Nevertheless, the State government intends to sacrifice even this last tiny bastion of nature protection, our state's last public good, on the altar of profit-taking.
sole object of the Act (conservation) to include recreation and development. These changes were criticised by the government's own Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel (OQPC) on seven grounds related to fundamental legislative principles
(FLPs), advice which the government has brazenly ignored.
The state government recognises that climate change is a reality, talks about resilience and adaptation, but refuses to face up to its contributions to increasing levels of atmospheric carbon (such as its dependency on coal mining) and its intended huge inroads on Queensland's natural biodiversity.
Common sense dictates that now is the time to increase, not reduce, public investment in the protection of our remaining biodiversity. The real cost of the proposed cash conversion will be the permanent loss of priceless wildlife and wild habitat.
Once developed, these areas will never be returned to a natural state, they will be lost forever.
You can let our ministers know you do not accept changes that will allow permanent loss of priceless wildlife and wild habitat. Email or call;
The Hon Andrew Powell,
Minister for Environment,
Phone: 07 3239 0844
The Hon Steven Dickson,
Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing
Phone: 07 3224 7477
For more information contact:
Margaret Moorhouse; (Alliance to Save Hinchinbrook Inc.) 0427 724052
Yvonne Cunningham; 0419 433379
Liz Gallie; (Mission Beach Cassowaries) 0414 40315