Community Cabinet Brief-National Parks & Conservation Areas

Community Cabinet Brief-National Parks & Conservation Areas

Since the current Government came to power 2012 they have made substantial changes to the status of conservation under the Nature Conservation Act so that the conservation of nature is no longer the primary objective of the act; moved the National Parks portfolio from the Department of Environment to the current portfolio which has shifted the focus of national parks from conservation to exploitation for human benefit; put out tenders for allowing commercial activities in national parks; allowed other previously banned activities in national parks such as horse riding; trail bike riding and four wheel driving; undertaken a review of national parks with criteria that is strongly weighted to economic benefits rather than conservation.

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Groups demand Queensland’s Federal MPs retain protection of the State’s environment

Groups demand Queensland’s Federal MPs retain protection of the State’s environment

Queensland’s state and regional conservation groups meeting in Brisbane today have demanded that Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan and other Queensland Labor MPs act to prevent the handing over of environmental approval powers to the States.

The so-called “slashing green tape” agenda is being considered at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting in Canberra this Friday. The Business sector has been pressuring the Federal government to push ahead with plans to hand the Federal Environment Minister’s approval powers under the EPBC Act* to the states and territories as soon as March next year.

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