Media Releases · Energy & Climate

Cyclone, climate change and loss of species, community calls on State government for leadership

20 March, 2006

"The Cyclone up north is a symptoms of climate change. On top of this, the effects of cyclones are made worse by loss of mangroves and coastal over development," says EDO Qld's Jo-Anne Bragg.

Jo-Anne Bragg is an experienced planning and environmental solicitor at Environmental Defenders Office which has provided advice to community environmental groups on environmental and planning matters for nearly 20 years.

Ms Bragg said today:

"The Cyclone up north is a symptoms of climate change. On top of this, the effects of cyclones are made worse by loss of mangroves and coastal overdevelopment.

"Yet Queensland is still bent on selling off its coal and funding fossil fuel hungry infrastructure. So where is the evidence that Queensland is getting serious about cutting greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change? Despite worldwide recognition of this serious problem from scientific and political leaders, Queensland has no Greenhouse gas reduction policy.

"What we need are strong State policies across a range of areas. We need strong effective policies on reduction of greenhouse gases which cause cyclones and droughts. And even our icon wildlife such as koalas and cassowaries will be extinct in our lifetime unless we urgently introduce strong and effective State policies to protect them.

"Minister Desley Boyle has announced a review of Queensland’s planning system- but will she duck the hard issues? We urge Minister Boyle to:

  • respond to the cyclone and the loss of koalas and cassowaries; and
  • to focus the planning system review on gaining ecological outcomes for Queensland."

Environmental Defenders Office Queensland (EDO Qld) gives a strong legal voice to the environment when needed most.