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INQUIRY into Register of Environmental Organisations

Last Updated on 23 April 2015

The Committee is inquiring into the administration, transparency and effectiveness of the Register of Environmental Organisations under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

nature needs voiceOn Thursday 26 March 2015 the Committee adopted an inquiry referred by the Minister for the Environment, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, asking the Committee to inquire into and report on the Register of Environmental Organisations.The Committee invites interested persons and organisations to make submissions

addressing the terms of reference by 21 May 2015.

For information on how to make a submission, go to our Making a submission to a Committee Inquiry page.

Additional useful information can be found on the Notes to help those intending to make a submission to a parliamentary committee inquiry page.

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment will inquire into and report on the administration and transparency of the Register of Environmental Organisations (the Register) and its effectiveness in supporting communities to take practical action to improve the environment.

Terms of Reference: 

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Where are the quolls near North Maclean?

Last Updated on 12 April 2015

Will presence of quolls near North Maclean influence federal government decision re

planning proposal for an Enterprise Precinct NMEP?

What about the federally endangered grey-headed flying fox? Koalas are acknowledged - but inadequtely.

spotted tailed quoll endangered

 A desktop study for quolls reveals little about this cryptic camera shy nocturnal carnivous native mammal - often referred to as our native cat - at North Maclean or elsewhere. The developer can perhaps be excused for not knowing of the number of sightings of the quoll known among the local community.

Our curiosty was aroused when local resident and bike rider collected roadkill on Mount Lindesay Highway and this was taken to Queensland Museum where it was confirmed to be a quoll. Unfortunately for the quoll it also became roadkill while feasting on first roadkill. They are quite fond of dead carasses. This and another dead quoll are held by the Queensland Museum.

The application dismisses the likely presence of quolls. However without a signigicant survey by paid and qualified consultants - over a suitable time period it is presumtuous to make such a claim. 

Dr Scott Burnett Quoll Biologist from Sunshine Coast University and Wildlife Queensland received funding in 2006 from Beaudesert Shire council to conduct a survey of community reported sightings of spotted tail quolls in the suburbs of Spring Mountain, Greenbank, Munruben, North Maclean, South Maclean, Chambers Flat, Park Ridge South and Logan Reserve. Three roadkill specimens were reported: one from the Goodna-Springfield Rd at Greenbank ( 2004), one from Teviot Rd and one on the Mt Lindesay Highway near the intersection of Carter Road ( 2005).  Two of these specimens are held in the Queensland Museum.

 Dr Scott Burnett wrote to the OUM [Office of Urban Management - later ULDA Urban Land Development Authority and now EDQ Economic Development Queensland]  in 2006 stating that all remaining habitat in the Mt Lindesay North Beaudesert Study Area should be regarded as potential habitat for quolls. To date, sightings of quolls continue to be reported from the areas at and surrounding the North Maclean site from the community sightings to date , quoll dog tracking on LCC reserves ( limitations - problems with detecting scat scent during the wetter years from Nov 2011 to 2015 when this survey method has been used in the local area), Main Roads survey at Chambers Creek (Jerry’s Downfall). 

LACA Logan and Albert Conservation Association Inc president Anne Page has been collating many of the reported quoll sightings but to date there is no published report about the population and movement of quolls in the Mt Lindesay North Beaudesert Study Area. Both Beaudersert Shire council - now Scenic Rim Regioal Council after amalgamation - and Logan City Council have allocated $5000 each for comunity education and awareness programs with presumably a report / acquital of some kind required. A draft map provided by SEQ Catchments is the base map.  Anne has added additional sightings - all included in LACA's submission to initial draft map.

Quoll Map SB and recent sightings Feb2015 AnnePage

Before further clearing is approved a complete well funded research survey of quolls, their  habitat movement and breeding with analysis really should happen if local, state, and federal governments are committed to ecological sustainable development. How much longer do we pay lip service to the concept of ESD and carry on with "business as usual"?  Until such time more credance must be given to citizen scientists who have recorded and/ reported their sightings.

LACA's submission as sent to developer's lawyer as per procedure for assessment by preliminary documentation is now online - with personal identication records removed.  Read / download here pdfLACA-Public-NorthMaclean_9.03.15.pdf

 

COMMUNITY SURVEY - NORTH MACLEAN ENTERPRISE PRECINCT -MARCH 2015

Last Updated on 02 April 2015

survey 300x225COMMUNITY CONCERNS - tick your concerns on the attached Word document and return to address provided.

Email or letterbox or post.

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The following list is included BUT PLEASE ADD ANY OTHERS THAT CONCERNS YOU

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OPPOSING NORTH MACLEAN ENTERPRISE PRECINCT 2013/6941

Last Updated on 02 April 2015

OPPOSING NORTH MACLEAN ENTERPRISE PRECINCT  2013/6941 

This could possibly be our only and last chance to object.

NORTH MACLEAN streams LoganRiverThere was a public notice in the Jimboomba Times last week for the North Maclean industrial area - known as North Maclean Enterprise Precinct.This Federal Government public comment period commenced on 23 February and closes by COB 5pm 9 March. The community has an opportunity to comment about this matter in this time frame. LACA members have spoken with people in the local area this week and since 2005 about this issue,  and the community still is very much opposed to this , just as it has been since 2005 when it was proposed in the Mt Lindesay North Beaudesert Study Area under the Office of Urban Management and later included in the SEQRP – Queensland Goverment. 

The current proposed application is for the property bordered by Crowson Lane to north, Mt Lindesay Highway to the east, rural residential properties to the south and west. The surrounding land use is rural residential to the north, east, south and west of the property. map shows several streams flowing into the Logan River.

There is no final plan at this stage and the application states this . There is no final stormwater plan. There is no detailed environmental impact assessment for the community to comment on. There has been no traffic report for this site. There is no information about any proposed hours of operation. No needs case has ever been presented for the North Maclean Enterprise Precinct . There is no plan indicated for buffers to the surrounding community – the applicant states their intention is to clear the whole 117 hectares.

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Were YOU EVER consulted about North Maclean Enterprise Precinct?

Last Updated on 02 April 2015

Documentation relating to North Maclean Enterprise Precinct claims there has been "extensive" community consultation.

survey3All documents are available from links at http://reelplanning.com/epbc-act-referral-20136941-public-notification/

Can you provide a comment about level of opportunity for community consultation you had for

North Maclean? It has been a difficult process to follow with multiple name changes. Who would think that Greater Flagstone included North Maclean?

It is at least 8 kilometres away and shares no adjacent suburb boundary or even same POSTCODE? 

A "North Maclean" search of this website for Logan and Albert Conservation Association Inc LACA will produce many articles which together reveal that community has had issues with level of consultation available. There is a timelime here  http://www.laca.org.au/images/stories/COMMUNITY_CONSULTATION_COMMENTS_MADE_history_2004-2011.pdf

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 http://www.laca.org.au/index.php/development/greater-flagstone/652-seqrp-community-consultation-timelines-since-2004-and-background-studies

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Residents fight for wildlife Industrial estate planned at North Maclean

Last Updated on 02 April 2015

Residents fight for wildlife Industrial estate planned at North Maclean

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Anne Alma Ted Kathy NorthMaclean
NORTH Maclean residents are fighting tooth and nail to protect vulnerable native flora and fauna from an industrial development.

The North Maclean Enterprise Precinct sits on a 117 hectare site on the corner of Crowson Lane and the Mt Lindesay Highway. The applicant proposes to clear-fell the whole site including small areas of the federally endan-gered melaleuca irbyana.
Logan and Albert Conservation Association president and Stanley Court resident Anne Page said the site was valuable habitat for wildlife including the endangered spotted-tail quoll, and vulnerable koala.
The proposal is currently seeking approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, with invitations to comment closing on March 9.
Ms Page said the report submitted for assessment was lacking in critical information, including a detailed species survey. "There are other species that are vulnerable in Queensland that won't get a look-in during this consultation," she said.
The North Maclean site was first ear-marked for development by Beaudesert Shire Council in 1996, however by 2007 the council had changed its mind. 
Ms Page said the project had changed names several times since and most of the community was unaware that the area was added to the Greater Flagstone Development Area in 2010.
"We really must emphasise the community has never been given the right to say no to this, ever," she said. "No-one's ever asked us, do you want this huge area of industrial development in the middle of a rural residential area?"
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Endangered species future in doubt at North Maclean?

Last Updated on 12 April 2015

Endangered species future in doubt at North Maclean?

Have YOU been consulted?   Comments close 9 March 2015

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  1. Animals and plant species are threatened by proposed clearing of 117 hectares

    Koalas, spotted tailed quolls, grey headed flying foxes, glossy black cockatoos, wallum froglet are known to be using / living in the extant habitat within the former dairy farm having road frontage along Mt Lindesay and Crowson Lane.

  2. Wetland and waterways occur on the property as does the federally endangered ecological community known as Swamp Tea-tree forest with signature Melaleuca Irbyana species. Regional ecosystem descriptions 12.3.11 of concern and 12.9-10.12 endangered are present. Glossy black cockatoos or Glossies in QLD eat the seeds of only two allocasuarina trees:Allocasuarina littoralis andA. torulosa. Having a very restricted diet the Glossy Black Cockatoo is susceptible to habitat loss through land clearing,logging, agriculture and urban development. A. littoralis is present and clearing is proposed – without mitigation. 

  3. Community has not been “extensively” consulted as claimed 
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It's time for the reef

Last Updated on 20 January 2015

Winning the fight for the GREAT BARRIER REEF will depend on our individual values when we head for the ballot box Saturday 31 January 2015 - prepoll available now. 

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Protecting conserving enhancing understanding and educating about the values of the natural environment are values Logan and Albert Association LACA members share as core principles.

This 2015 election we believe it's time for the reef!

#FightfortheReef #QldVotes

As the only living organism visible from space, and one of the wonders of the world, it should be valued forits own intrinsic values.

But in addition it provides a livlihood for people of our state. In so doing, the Reef raises 6 billion dollars annually for Queensland's economy and provides 60 000 long term jobs

Premier Newman recently claimed the reef was "pretty healthy now" - even though he had just received the latest Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Report clearly stating that ‘the overall outlook for the Great Barrier Reef is poor and getting worse

….and is expected to further deteriorate in the future’   

So without a voice at this election, the Reef is without a future!

Late last year, as the whole world listened, President Obama made a passionate plea to our government to protect the Reef.  Now it’s our turn.

At this election can you let the LNP government know what you think about their ‘wrong’ plan for the reef by sending them a clear message?

Earlier this year LACA hosted a Climate Action meeting at Springwood a public meeting to urge the Newman Government to reverse its ‘Alice in Blunderland’ approach to climate change action and Reef protection.

See this article http://theconversation.com/six-things-queenslands-next-government-must-do-to-save-the-great-barrier-reef-36258? to gain understanding .....

 

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH - election issue

Last Updated on 15 January 2015

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Call for greater focus on koalas 

LOGAN conservationists are calling for state election candidates to back greater protections for koala habitat in the region. Logan and Albert Conservation Association (LACA) spokesman Barry Fitzpatrick said koalas were seriously threatened by recent changes to vegetation management laws in Queensland."LACA is very concerned that the Newman government's rollback of vegetation management laws has seriously set back any effort to protect the koala," he said."

LACA seeks candidates' commitments to restoring vegetation management laws, at least to their former level, if koalas are to have any long term chance of survival in the Logan and Scenic Rim regions." Mr Fitzpatrick said he did not believe the offset provisions in the new laws would benefit koalas.

"LACA views the offsets as a facade policy designed to create the appearance of something being done," he said."

Rather than provide secure habitat for koalas it facilitates the rapid removal of essential habitat, with the vague promise of planting some trees elsewhere."

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ELECTIONS issues - are they yours also?

Last Updated on 11 January 2015

LACA environment issues for 2015 State Election candidates  

Do YOU share our concerns for a healthy environment? What actions are you propared to carry out to help achieve a better environmental outcome than "business as usual" ? Do Queenslanders and you want to be in the "coal business"? or are other mattters of greater significance?

The Logan and Albert Conservation Association (LACA) has campaigned for better environmental policies and outcomes in the Logan and Scenic Rim areas for more than a quarter of a century.

LACA  is putting forward the following key environmental issues for consideration by all local candidates in the forthcoming State election:

1 LACA calls upon all candidates to commit to genuine measures to protect the Great Barrier Reef as a priority.

2 LACA asks all candidates to commit to abandoning the privatisation of essential public assets such as electricity and water supply and support the uptake of renewable energy including home solar and battery storage.

3 LACA requests all candidates to commit to abandoning the use of offsetting as an ‘environmental’ outcome of development. [LACA views offsets as a façade policy designed to create the appearance of something being done for Koalas. Rather than provide secure habitat for Koalas it facilitates the rapid removal of essential habitat throughout this region, with the vague promise of planting some trees elsewhere.]

4 LACA seeks commitments from all candidates to a return to the former declarable donation level of $1000 which provided greater transparency around Government decisions which affect the environment. 

LACA wishes to place on record its anger that the democratic process in Queensland has been treated with such disdain - the 25 day campaign during holiday season giving insufficient time to debate issues.

Expanding on each issue

The Great Barrier Reef: Many people in the Logan and Scenic Rim communities regard the Great Barrier Reef as Queensland’s greatest natural treasure.  LACA is particularly concerned that the Premier’s early election call may be a signal that actions such as dredging and shipping on the Reef are about to increase in intensity, and this may lead to UNESCO declaring the Great Barrier Reef a ‘World Heritage Area in danger’ under the Premier’s watch. LACA does not support the Government’s Long term Sustainability Plan for the Reef because it proposes weak remedial measures and fails to include any action to halt greenhouse gas emissions, which are one of the most serious threats to the reef. Given the boom and bust nature of mining, people are quite aware that many more sustainable jobs are created by tourism around a healthy reef than by coal mining.LACA calls upon all candidates to commit to genuine measures to protect the Great Barrier Reef as a priority.

Electricity/solar: People in Logan and the Scenic Rim love their roof-top solar and many are keenly awaiting the opportunity to invest in the emerging battery storage technologies. However, they have expressed concern to LACA that while over-investment by the Government’s own power companies has already increased usage charges to consumers by more than 50%, they believe that, following the election, mandatory fixed charges for electricity supply will be raised to dissuade people from investing further in solar, thereby ensuring an attractive, ongoing market for prospective foreign investors when the Government privatises its energy assets. LACA asks all candidates to commit to abandoning the privatisation of essential public assets such as electricity and water supply and support the uptake of renewable energy including home solar and battery storage.

Koala and offsets: LACA is very concerned that the Newman Government’s rollback of vegetation management laws has seriously set back any effort to protect the Koala in this region. LACA seeks candidates’ commitments to restoring vegetation management laws, at least to their former level, if Koalas are to have any long term chance of survival in the Logan and Scenic Rim regions. Also, the current Government’s offset policy does not stand up to any logical analysis. LACA views offsets as a façade policy designed to create the appearance of something being done for Koalas. Rather than provide secure habitat for Koalas it facilitates the rapid removal of essential habitat throughout this region, with the vague promise of planting some trees elsewhere. LACA requests all candidates to commit to abandoning the use of offsetting as an ‘environmental’ outcome of development.

Donations transparency: People we have talked to in the Logan and Scenic Rim  communities have expressed concern about the Government’s secrecy around donations after the Newman Government increased the declarable donation amount from $1000 to $12,800. LACA believes large political donations can have a huge influence on how the environment is treated. The environment movement in Logan and the Scenic Rim would like to see Campbell Newman reverse the LNP policy to match the Labor and Greens donation declaration policy which is set at $1000.  This way the public will be able to see exactly how much corporations are funding the LNP and whether this influences the Government’s decision-making.  LACA seeks commitments from all candidates to a return to the former declarable donation level of $1000 which provided greater transparency around Government decisions which affect the environment. 

Democracy:In the History of this State no Queensland premier has ever called a snap election to be held before the end of January. LACA members are angered by the prospect of a short, 25 day campaign, called during the holiday season, which they see as clearly designed to provide little opportunity for voters to get their questions answered.  It appears to LACA members, and we believe, members of the community generally, that democracy has been treated by the Premier as a nuisance which is to be brushed out of the way quickly, while everyone is preoccupied with holidays, kids and back to school. LACA wishes to place on record its anger that the democratic process in Queensland has been treated with such disdain.

Print off a copy of these issues from this document pdfLACA-environment-issues-2015StateElection_candidates-questions.pdf

Please consider sharing this information with others in your street, networks, neighbours, family to make them more aware of the critical issues facing our environment. Make your vote count at Jan 31 Queensland State elections.

It is unfortunate that government fails to see opportunities in renewables rather than coal. This article sums up some of issues concerning coal's impact on reef 

 

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