Expanding Queensland’s Protected Areas

Expanding Queensland’s Protected Areas

Protected areas are the cornerstone of nature conservation in Queensland with 7.9% of Queensland currently protected in national parks, regional parks, forest reserves and nature refuges. The Queensland Government has committed to work towards expanding the protected area to 17% of the state. The Minister has asked the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) to investigate mechanisms for protecting privately managed land of outstanding conservation value from incompatible land uses. PTBA through the Coordinator, Sheena Gillman attended a recent consultation and expressed the view that while we are strongly supportive of this initiative, we are concerned that the environmental values will be placed last, after mining, petroleum, forestry, agriculture and water interests. This initiative will only work well when environmental values are given equal or greater weight than other values.

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