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National Koala Conservation Strategy reviewed

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

cathiejack.jpgParsons Brinckerhoff recently prepared a review for the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts relating to the effectiveness of implementing the 1998 National Koala Conservation Strategy. As part of that review you kindly provided a written submission providing your knowledge and opinions of the strategy.

The review of the stratagy has now been completed and the resulting evaluation report Review of Progress in Implementing the 1998 National Koala Conservation Strategy was presented to the steering committee on 9 October 2008. Information obtained from this evaluation will inform the review and update of the strategy. The steering committee is currently revising the strategy, and writing an accompanying implementation plan to address the issues raised in the evaluation report. The revised draft strategy and implementation plan will be available for public exhibition and comment in 2009.

For your information, the evaluation report is now available on the Department's website at:
http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/publications/koala-strategy/index.html

 

 

ACCs transition to become local Regional Development Australia committees

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

The Greater Brisbane Area Consultative Committee (GBACC) is a non-profit organisation supporting regional growth in Brisbane, Logan and Redlands . It is part of the national network of Area Consultative Committees (ACCs) , which has been an important link between the Australian Government and rural and metropolitan Australia.

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, the Hon Anthony Albanese MP announced on 20 March 2008 that as foreshadowed in the Government ' s key regional election commitments, Area Consultative Committees (ACCs) would provide the basis for the creation of Regional Development Australia (RDA).

Therefore ACCs will transition to become local Regional Development Australia committees. Recently forums have been held in both Logan and the Scenic Rim.

GBACC is providing via its website an opportunity for the local community to have a say in the transformation or transitioning process. Look here for the survey and details for sending. Also available there is the earlier submission to the ferderal government.

Both the GBACC's website and www.acc.gov.au will be updated frequently until the transition to RDA is complete.

Residents in the Scenic Rim are able to complete an online survey from this page for your views on regional development on the Gold Coast and the Scenic Rim.

Where the Scenic Rim fits is confusing to me. On its website, the Ipswich & Regional Area Consultative Committee Inc (I&RACC) states that it represents a diverse region, each with its own characteristics and very different demographics including Ipswich City, the Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley and Brisbane Valley. Covering an area of 9,502 square km's, this region has a population of approx. 189,000. (ABS Data June 2004)

With significant population growth currently facing South East Qld (SEQ), the SEQ Strategic Plan has now been developed to provide some clear direction for planning into the future for this region. The plan has clearly identified the Western Corridor including the Ipswich region as a significant growth area. The projected population for the I&RACC region is expected to grow from 189,000 to approx. 300,000 by 2016 and 392,000 by 2026. The impacts of this growth will have significant bearing on available infrastructure, transport, water, technology and employment to service the population.

The I&RACC region has identified that this can be achieved by continuing to work towards developing sustainable communities within our regional centres that provide jobs in close proximity to residential areas and available amenities.

 

 

A good house is hard to find: Housing affordability in Australia

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

A report from the Australian Senate inquiry into housing affordability was released 16 June 2008. The report, public hearings and transcripts, terms of reference and membership can all be viewed or downloaded  from this Senate webpage. Read the whole report here.

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Contacting the Prime Minister

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

Contact Your Prime Minister

An online form is provided for us to make comments to the Prime Minister. However, we are advised to use the postal address for greater security and privacy.  Correspondence requiring supporting attachments such as photos or documents, should be sent them via Australia Post mail to:

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2008 Forde Queensland Day Awards

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

Brett Raguse MP Federal Member for Forde launched the inaugural Forde Queensland Day Awards.


Logan and Albert Conservation Association LACA was ragusepresag_june6-08sm.jpgnominated for the 2008 Forde Queensland Day Awards -  in the Community Group of the Year Category and LACA has been successful.

Brett Raguse presented certificates at the Forde Queensland Day Awards ceremony  Friday 6 June in Beaudesert at the Old Bank Building, Brisbane St. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE MEMBERS of our local envirvonment centre and community group for your dedication to actions to achieve better environmental outcomes.

 

Left to right: Brett Raguse MP, Andy Grodecki President LACA, Kathy Faldt and Jennifer Sanders.

Congratulations to other community groups and individuals whose contributions were also recognised by our local federal minister.

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