As a Queenslander and one of your constituents, it’s so important to me that we protect our natural assets and support people to keep them healthy for future generations.
Congratulations on your government’s recent conservation purchase of The Lakes in North Queensland and the Bramwell and Richardson properties on Cape York. This is fantastic and welcome news.
Alongside thousands of other Queenslanders, I’m calling on the Queensland Government to Double It For Nature.
This means investing in protecting and sustaining our natural environment and wildlife now for the benefit of future Queenslanders.
Together, we’re calling on the Palaszczuk Government to invest in doubling the size of Queensland’s national parks and private protected areas.
Investing in the growth and management of our protected areas stimulates and attracts billions in additional revenue for Queensland across tourism, carbon sequestration and land management.
I’m looking to you for leadership. That means ambitiously funding your promise to build a world class protected area system in line with national and international targets of at least 17%. It also means investing in better management of our protected areas to make sure environmental threats like invasive weeds, feral animals and destructive fires are kept to a minimum.
With the Queensland Olympic and Paralympic Games only 10 years away, now is the time to put our beautiful state on the world stage and ambitiously invest in nature conservation.
The Protected Area Strategy and its funding ‘down payment’ lays a great foundation. Now is the time to be big and bold for nature in Queensland - for local communities, for cultural protection, for tourism industries, for job opportunities, and for nature.