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?