Write a letter or email about land clearing

Land Clearing and the Queensland Vegetation Management Bill Amendment 2016

Please write to the three Members below.

Feel free to use the outline below or download it from the link below.

  • Peter Wellington:
    – Peter.Wellington@parliament.qld.gov.au – @pwellingtonmp
  • Rob Pyne:
    – Rob. Pyne@parliament.qld.gov.au – @RobJPyne
  • Billy Gordon
    – Billy.Gordon@parliament.qld.gov.au – @billygordonMP

Dear XXXXXX

I am writing to you concerning the Queensland Vegetation Management Bill Amendment 2016. You would be aware that land clearing in Queensland is accelerating with the latest data confirming that 296,000 hectares of bushland was cleared in 2013-14 – three times as much as in 2008-09. Clearing in Queensland alone in 2013-14 was more than was cleared in the whole of Australia in 2008 (216,500 ha).

A detailed investigative report by Dr Martin Taylor of the WWF showed a fourfold increase in remnant vegetation clearing in Queensland since since 2009-2010, as a result of the progressive weakening of the state’s vegetation clearing laws.

I urge you to support the Bill as it will:

  1. Improve the protection of threatened and endangered native species, koalas for example;
  2. Help to conserve ecological processes and biodiversity;
  3. Help moderate climate in a drought prone State;
  4. Contribute to reduced greenhouse gas emissions; and
  5. Reduce land degradation: tree clearing near catchments can cause land erosion and run off into river catchments – the erosion and run off caused by clearing along the Great Barrier Reef catchment river banks is a leading cause of adverse impacts to the Reef.

I recognise that farmers will need to clear land for food production. We understand and support the responsible and appropriate clearing of land where the benefits from subsequent agricultural production are clear and outweigh the cost. However we do not support the self regulated clearing of marginal, poor quality land that is unlikely to deliver returns, or land that has been shown to have high biodiversity value. For example, the extensive clearing on Cape York will be unlikely to deliver any benefits as cropping has repeatedly failed on this poor quality land that supports a number of rare and endangered species.

Yours sincerely

XXXXXXX

The draft letter can be downloaded here:

160801LandClearingletter

A fact sheet can be found here:

https://www.wilderness.org.au/sites/default/files/articles/tws_land_clearing_in_queensland_facts_and_myths_sheet.pdf

 

 

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