Land clearing in Reef catchments up by 46% since 2011-2012
8 August 2016
The 2014-2015 Statewide Land Cover and Tree Study (SLATS), released 07 August 2016, found 296,000 hectares were cleared across Queensland last year. The report also revealed the rate of clearing in the Great Barrier Reef catchments had increased by 46 per cent since 2011-2012.
EDO Qld urges the Queensland Parliament to pass the Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 (VMROLA Bill), as introduced into parliament, to ensure that Queensland’s vegetation and the animals and ecosystem functions dependent on it are adequately protected.
The Bill in its current form will need the support of all three independents to pass.
Contact the three Independent MPs and ask them to support the reform Bill:
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The self-assessable codes, which allow clearing without a permit under the Vegetation Management Act 1999 (Qld), are a key means by which significant clearing has been undertaken in Queensland since their introduction in 2013. These codes are currently under review by the Queensland Government. Consultation on the new proposed code for thinning activities has just closed. Stay tuned to EDO Qld’s alerts and social media for opportunities to provide comment on each code as the proposed new draft codes are up for review.
- 14 April 2016, Protect our wildlife and ecosystems from broadscale land clearing – submissions due
- 01 May 2016, Hearings to commence on land clearing Bill
- 26 May 2016, Public Hearings on Qld land clearing Bill continue
- 03 June 2016, Land clearing Bill essential to protect Reef, wildlife, soils, waterways and climate
- 01 July 2016, Committee Report on Land Clearing Bill tabled