Green groups unite to fight land clearing

Forestation

Conservation groups claim more than one million hectares of bush, forest and trees have been razed since the former state government changed laws governing the practice four years ago. Photo: Bill Laurance

Green groups are set to combine forces in a bid to stop land clearing and steer Queensland away from an “environmental crisis”.

Organisations including the Wilderness Society, WWF-Australia and the Queensland Conservation Council will gather in Brisbane’s CBD on Sunday to launch their alliance to end land clearing in the state.

They claim more than one million hectares of bush, forest and trees have been razed since the former state government changed laws governing the practice four years ago.

In August 2016, the Palaszczuk government failed to pass reforms that would have required landholders to prove they had not illegally bulldozed their land.

QCC head Tim Seelig said more needed to be done to stop the “terrible destruction” being wrought, not just on land.

Wildlife rescuers and their koalas are also expected to take part in the event, to be held at Emma Miller Place at 10am.

“I’ve raised more than 50 rescued koalas personally, many of whom come back to me dead, sometimes within months,” Vanda Grabowski from Koala Action said.

“They don’t have enough habitat left in which to survive after the area has been cleared.”

 

Source: Brisbane Times

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