Its OK to feed koalas eucalyptus leaves; farmers get fined or jailed if they feed sheep or cattle mulga leaves to stay alive
by Jim O’Toole
The State Labor Government is moving to protect koalas in South East Queensland with new plans announced today to increase the protection of more than half a million hectares of land through a landmark new koala strategy.
At Currumbin Wildlife Hospital today, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Queenslanders are able to have their say on the draft South East Queensland Koala Conservation Strategy 2019-24, which paves the way toward greater protection.
“We know koalas are under threat and that is why my Government has been working with experts, the conservation sector, local governments and industry on a plan to ensure they are protected into the future,” the Premier said.
“Today we are releasing a landmark draft strategy and draft mapping that outline strong measures to protect koala habitat and address the threats impacting South East Queensland’s koala population.
“New mapping identifies more than 570,000 hectares of land to be declared koala priority areas – an area that is twice the size of the ACT – of which more than 300,000 hectares is core habitat.
“We are proposing to implement stronger regulations to limit clearing in these large interconnected areas of high quality habitat.
“Ensuring the protection of these large corridors of land will address one of the main causes of a declining koala population, which is the destruction of habitat.”
The Premier said today’s release of the draft strategy outlines existing and future actions to deliver on an election commitment to implement the Koala Expert Panel’s six recommendations for protecting koalas.
“We have a once in a generation chance to ensure their survival in the South East and that is why we are asking every Queenslander to get involved.
“Particularly as recent bushfires have had a devastating effect on the koala population with animals killed or badly injured, it’s never been a more pertinent time to act.”
People will have until 31 January 2020 to provide feedback on the draft strategy.
Ms Palaszczuk also today announced the Government was providing $50,000 for koala care infrastructure.
The Palaszczuk Government is also investing $2 million into establishing a five-year partnership with the Queensland Trust for Nature to deliver on-ground koala habitat restoration in priority areas through partnerships with landholders and local governments.
Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch said the strategy was based on the best available science to protect habitat and give koalas the best chance of survival.
“Sadly, science has shown that koala populations have decreased by 50-80% in South East Queensland habitat areas over about 20 years and nearly three quarters of essential koala habitat has already been destroyed,” she said.
“Koalas are an iconic species of state, national and international importance and Queenslanders want to see them protected.”
Minister Enoch said koala habitat areas in the strategy were identified using internationally recognised, state-of-the-art modelling, including two decades of koala sighting records, scientific research and existing mapping by local councils.
The strategy has been developed in consultation with a dedicated Koala Advisory Council, which includes members of both conservation and development sectors as well as koala experts, First Nations representatives and local government.
Minister Enoch thanked the Koala Advisory Council for its hard work over the past year and its commitment to striking a balance between conservation and the needs of a growing population.
Koala Advisory Council Chair Mark Townend said the strategy was comprehensive and addressed multiple factors that threaten koalas.
“I would like to thank each and every member of the Council for pushing hard to represent their stakeholders and helping to achieve a forward-thinking and realistic strategy that will protect the koala population in our state,” Mr Townend said.
“The strategy addresses all threats impacting on koala populations including habitat loss, disease management, vehicle strikes and dog attacks.
“Queenslanders can be confident the koala will be in and around our backyards long into the future.”
The strategy builds on the Palaszczuk Government’s work to protect koalas including annual funding of $1.5 million to the South East Queensland Wildlife Hospital Network and the $1.4 million Community Sustainability Action Grants program.
The new Strategy and mapping can be accessed by visiting www.qld.gov.au/seqkoalas.
Letter to the Editor
Billions of your dollars given away overseas for many decades where it is wasted on problems others created or used to buy other countries armaments – what for: This is Australia we need dams to protect us in droughts. We could have been drought proofed with many storage dams – instead politicians big-note themselves giving our hard earned money away damaging our country by deliberate neglect – our urgent needs are treated as unimportant second class. They are working against Australia’s needs, judge them by what they do. We do not have huge dams across Australia because they wasted our money.
Our farmers cannot continue, they are hurt and broken beyond belief, they have struggled for many decades despite government contempt – Low quality foreign food is on the way. Governments send ‘guess-perts’ who have no idea of farming to give bad advice — just another contempt.
There have been numerous investigated press reports of people waiting and dying trying to get medical treatment, because they gave your money away to cover other countries incompetent management – they are not our problem. We need new hospitals, schools, roads and railways but they are not being built because they treated us with contempt giving our money away.
We are in urgent need of new coal fired power stations, soon we will be unable to afford what little electricity is available, what then? Other countries signed the Paris Accord have or are building 3,534 coal Power Stations many using our coal. We have no new Power Stations planned, why – again we are being treated like the fools we have been by electing politicians who waste our money and neglect our urgent future needs for your children’s future.
Everyone, go and ask your local candidates to give you a written guarantee they will stop overseas aid and give Australia Aid, write/phone to editors and ask them to please support Australia and publish each candidates signed statement. Dear Editors how about your political impartiality – make Australia’s needs and our future your goal too. Create the biggest political fight ever seen for Australia’s future – it may be too late next time: Already too many broken futures, homes, families and suicides – no more – give us hope and a future to aspire too.
Drought effected farmers living on 3 minute noodles watching their livestock die of starvation have been subjected to more Turn-bullshit as the government hand over $400M to 6 people to support the greens academic army totally reliant on government grants to exist.
An engineered world wide Greenie fictional fear mongering campaign that the barrier reef is in need of major repair requiring $millions has worked. On the factual side, never considered as relevant, is decades of experience from people working and looking after the reef have exposed this cashing up scam to feed the green machine.
The pittance Turn-bullshit has allocated to desperate drought affected farmers of $15,000 assistance upon completing a plethora of bureaucratic paperwork, will not be completed available until March 2019 long after farmers are destitute and their livestock are dead. Available now is the $400 million feeding the greens camp phd’s and cohort bludgers from the unaccountable public purse.
How much long is it going to take for voters to wake up and remove the duopoly establishment problem from power before the new owners move in.
Grazier challenges national park grazing deadline
A north-west Queensland grazier has decided to challenge the State Government’s refusal to extend national park grazing permits beyond 2013.
He has the political support of a local MP, who will appeal to the Queensland Premier to overrule yesterday’s decision by the Department of National Parks.
John Gilmore, of Cranford Station, near Torrens Creek, has had 500 head of cattle on the Moorrinya National Park in North Queensland since June and says the animals will die if he is forced to move them off by the end of the year.
In April this year, the Queensland Government opened up five national parks to give drought-affected graziers access to grass. The deal was that the cattle would have to be out by December 31.
However, drought conditions have prevailed, and with little rain forecast for summer, graziers wrote to the government asking for a three-month extension.
Yesterday, the government officially denied the request, saying the deadline still stands.
Mr Gilmore is devastated by the decision and won’t take no for an answer.
“Well, I can’t move them until it rains, simple as that, there’s nowhere to go.
“You can’t shift cattle at this time of the year onto strange country if it’s not green country. You’ll kill them.
“We’re not going to throw the towel in yet, I wouldn’t think, but it’s just got to rain, otherwise we can’t go anywhere. So we’ll see what happens.”
The Member for Mount Isa Rob Katter has also come out swinging.
He’ll be backing graziers like John Gilmore, and will ask the Queensland Premier to intervene.
“There’s no second option, there’s no contingency here. They either leave them on there for another month or two, just to keep these cattle alive until some rain comes, or those cattle will perish or be shot.
“We’ll be calling on the Premier to step in on this decision, because the minister has already made his decision, so we need the Premier to see the dire situation that exists.”
Meanwhile the Brisbane-based National Parks Association has come out praising the government for sticking to its guns, having the cattle removed from parks by the end of the year.
The Parks Association for 30 years has agitated for more national parks claiming 10 per cent of the state should be placed in mothballs.
This group of mostly retired, ‘closet greenies,’ outside of the South East corner, has no understanding of nature and how it works in this diversified state.
The former ALP government in its maddening haste to pacify the Greens and their loopy mob of followers, either purchased or resumed dozens of once viable cattle and sheep properties, detocked their vast paddocks and locked them up naively thinking these huge swathes of grazing land would somehow remain the same as the day they were taken out of production.
Most of these former stations have little or no conversation value, in particular the properties on which grazing has recently been allowed.
The National Park inventory should be closely scrutinised by graziers and a select body of naturalists, inspected, then any areas of high conservation value could be fenced off, returning the balance to regulated grazing.
This strategy would remove the chronic need for trained staff to manage these properties.
Fire damage would be mitigated, feral animal and noxious weed control would be undertaken by the leasees and overall this plan would save the government many millions of dollars.
Can we expect a LNP government to do this? Not on your nelly, Based on their present track record of allowing disease-ridden flying foxes to kill our kids and infest our towns, it would be a long shot.-editor