We love nature, let's make sure it's part of our future!

Bigger, better, well-managed protected areas for Queensland's future!

    Dear Premier of Queensland,
    CC: Treasurer, Minister for the Environment, Minister for Tourism, Deputy Premier, Opposition Leader, Shadow Minister for Environment, Shadow Treasurer, and [your local MP’s name will be automatically entered],

    In the lead up to the state election, please represent my interests by supporting bigger and better national parks and nature refuges.

    National parks and nature refuges should play a vital role in rebuilding Queensland. If there is one thing that has echoed far and wide in Queensland during the Covid pandemic, it’s how much we love nature. We longed to visit national parks in lockdown, and have flocked to them as restrictions ease.

    Ambitious funding for protected areas is needed to safeguard our native species, ensure the sustained resilience of our iconic landscapes and to assure the economic recovery of our iconic tourist industry. Conservation and land management jobs would complement investment in protected areas by providing opportunities to regional communities hard hit by the pandemic, while leaving enduring benefits for the environment.

    Investing in nature is investing in Queensland’s future.

    Despite international obligations to protect 17 per cent of Queensland, only 8 percent of Queensland is protected - less than any other state.

    I’m asking you to support the creation of a world leading protected areas network with election commitments to invest in well-managed national parks, nature refuges, Indigenous ranger jobs, and conservation and land management work.

    What will your party do to build back better with lasting benefits for people and nature across Queensland?

    Yours faithfully,
    [Your name will be automatically added]

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    Join the call for economic recovery funding for nature in Queensland.

    Throughout these uncertain times, one thing that has echoed far and wide is Queensland’s love of nature. We longed to visit national parks in lockdown, and have flocked to them as restrictions ease.

    What clearer message do politicians need that we need bigger and better national parks and nature refuges?

    Investing in nature is investing in Queensland - not only for the koalas, coastlines, rivers, rainforests and deserts that make us so proud, but for the sake of our livelihoods, tourism jobs and regional economies.

    It was great to hear the Premier recognise that national parks are ‘critical’ to getting Queensland's tourism industry back on track. But, it's time for bigger and better national parks and nature refuges.

    Will you send a message to key politicians telling them that supporting Queensland’s nature is important to you?

    In 2017, the Queensland Government committed to delivering a world leading protected area network with a target to protect 17% of Queensland for the future health of our state.

    With the state election looming and only 8% of Queensland under protection, we need to see a plan for more well-managed protected areas and funding to suit.

    Write to the Premier and other politicians so they know you want to see protecting nature high on the agenda.

    It’s time for bigger and better national parks and nature refuges to protect Queensland’s special landscapes and unique wildlife for future generations.

     

     

     

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