It was with great concern that Gecko received the news this week that the regurgitated cable way proposal from Neranwood to World Heritage listed Springbrook National Park has been resurrected by the proponent of the old ‘Naturelink’, Ray Stevens, MP for Mermaid.
Mr Stevens and the Premier do not appear to think that there is any conflict of interest between Stevens’ role as a member of the Government which will assess the project, his personal investment and role as advisor to the project, and his role representing the views of his electorate.
The koala is perhaps the most iconic Australian animal, and is a popular species with international visitors. According to very recent research by the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF), it has been estimated that koala-related tourism generates $3.2 billion in revenue annually across Australia and also generates around 30,000 jobs
Queensland is fortunate to have one of the largest natural populations of koalas in the wild. Koala populations are scattered across the eastern half of Queensland, as far west as Cunamulla, Quilpie, Longreach and Hughenden and as far north as Cooktown. However, the highest densities of koalas occur in the south east corner of the State.
The Single State Planning Policy has done nothing to protect koala habitat. If the government isnt going to protect Australia’s icon, who can? People are needed to partake in a survey and maybe the results will stir someone on government to change the laws and bring back vegetation protection and stop development in koala habitat
RESIDENTS have stepped up their efforts to save the Black Swan Lake at Bundall and the 32 bird species that call it home.
The Gold Coast and Hinterland Environmental Council (Gecko) has also thrown its weight behind the residents’ campaign, saying the lake should be protected at all costs.
The council-owned waterhole off Ascot Crt has been earmarked as a parking area as part of the $11 million upgrade of the Gold Coast Turf Club site to create the new home of the Gold Coast Show.
However, Sally Spain, spokeswoman for the Residents and Friends of Black Swan Lake lobby group, said they were determined not to lose the quiet, secluded haven for birds.
It has been called the largest ever climate march in history and it was a huge success globally. Seven Gecko members attended the march in Brisbane on the 21 September 2014. Here is a video recap of the response Australia wide and overseas.
Thanks to Get Up for this great piece of recorded history!
GECKO and GECKO’S RESPONSE TEAM strongly supported Wildlife Queensland’s campaign to have opera house traps banned in Queensland. Well the Government has just flagged they are going to be banned! This has been a long six year fight and sense has finally prevailed. The laws will bring Queensland in line with the rest of the States.
Below are the letters for your information to write your submission to the Gold Coast City Council on Springbrook water extraction. Please make sure if you do use our submission letter below that you add your own comments to individualise your submission. The same submission letter repeated by different people can sometimes be treated as one letter so it’s important that you do add your own comments.
Dear Councillors, Councillor vote on ASF Proposal It has been reported in the Gold Coast Bulletin that you are being pressured to vote on whether or not to proceed with the ASF Consortium possible proposal tomorrow. This appears to be happening without you receiving adequate information or time to properly consider the limited information you do have. While we always take what is reported in the GC Bulletin with a pinch of salt, in the absence of any other source of information the stories over the last few days have raised grave concerns.
In 2005 Boral purchased 219ha of land in Tallebudgera Valley, which became KRA 96 in 2007 when the State Government identified areas of hard rock sand and gravel resources in South East Queensland. Between 2005 and 2010 Boral undertook a process of producing an Initial Advice Statement (IAS) seeking to have the current proposal assessed under the State Development Public Works Organization Act (SDPWO). There was no opportunity for public input into this process despite the major impact such a proposal will have on the community, particularly local residents. Boral was successful in their bid and in late 2010 informed the public of their intention to develop the resources of KRA 96 if permitted by the Coordinator General and the Federal Government under the designated controlled action of the Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act.
In 2013 the VMFA Bill was passed with such major changes that the consequences will have far reaching economic, environmental and social negative impacts. At its time of its writing this Bill did not given sufficient consideration to the negative impacts and was only viewing it through a narrow prism of short term economic gain for one sector of society. Further the changes are not based on sound science, but rather an aspiration based on economic considerations only.