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How 'safe' are our wildlife and their habitat in SEQ

Last Updated on 23 May 2013

QUOLL-QueensPark-IpswichSpotted tail quoll have recently been found in Scenic Rim and evidence ie latine scats were found in Logan. These are two of wildlife threatened by changes to legislation by Newnan government which have potential to destroy most of our natural bushland areas  in SEQ South east Queensland and without their habitat our wildlife will not survive. All bushland areas provide valuable food and shelter for species listed as threatened, those that are vulnerable and those regarded as 'common'. Unfortunately with reduction of 'green tape' even common species could disappear and these are also food sources for the predators higher up the food chain.

Our organization is regarded by some as extreme and anti-development, however we do support ecological sustainable development, and accounting for the value of natural capital. Many scientific studies and reports - peer reviewed and published - support our concerns. It is extraordinary that scientists with expertise in biodiversity conservation and sustainable development have publicly expressed grave concerns about the future impacts of proposed changes to Queensland's Vegetation Management Act and the Water Act. See their website http://concernedqldscientists.wordpress.com/.

Be informed and read government documents

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Vegetation Mananagement Framework Bill - passed State Parliament Tuesday 21 May 2013. Natural Resources Minister Andrew Cripps said in a statement issued to Queensland Country Life that the passing of the Vegetation Management Framework Amendment Bill 2013 marked the beginning of a new era of sustainable agricultural production in Queensland 

In addition World Wildlife Fund have produced WWF Report – Bushland at risk of renewed clearing in Queensland. Read it here

Prominent among threatened species are the koala, Glossy black-cockatoo, Spotted-tailed and northern quolls. Many of us "do the right thing" but equally we are not necessarily well informed. What do farmers understand by sustainable agriculture?

The traditional big agribusiness is not sustainable when all costs are accounted. Dollars certainly count but who will pay long term when land becomes desert - as has happened. 

 

 

Wildlife in Scenic Rim

Last Updated on 30 September 2012

striated thornbillIn the words of Ronda Green zoologist and founder of The Scenic Rim branch of Wildlife Queensland The Rim is especially rich in wildlife because

  • The long volcanic activity has given us more fertile soils than most of the continent, and we also have some of the older sedimentary soils dating back to before the days of the dinosaurs. Different kinds of volcanic soil supports different kinds of vegetation (broadly speaking, basalt supports rainforest and rhyolite supports some of our eucalypt forests), and other soils support other vegetation. This provides a diversity of habitats.
  • The topography gives us different climatic conditions and further habitat types. The mountains to the east catch the moisture-laden clouds from the Pacific Ocean but areas to the west are left in what we call a 'rain shadow', the annual rainfall gradually decreasing towards the west, but with another pocket of relatively high rainfall as we reach the Main Range. The altitude varies from about 300m to about 1500m, allowing us to move from warm subtropical rainforest up to cool temperate rainforests, and from eucalypt forest and riparian sheoak vegetation on alluvial soils up to mountain heaths. Even just the combination of low-lying, gently undulating land, creeks and rivers, steep rugged gorges, cliffs, small caves and high plateaux provide many habitats and microhabitats.
  • We are near the edge of two climate types - the Mediterranean climate of wet winters a d dry summers that the southern coasts of Australia experience are not too far away, but here we have the tropical pattern of wet summers and dry winters. Many southern species reach their northern limit here or not far from here, and many northern species are close to their southern limit. Thus we are getting diversity from both directions.
  • Migratory birds, bats and insects pass through here (or settle for breeding or non-breeding seasons) on north-south journeys, and nomadic birds from the west head our way when droughts are bad.

The Scenic Rim branch site has lots of information about the variety of wildlife that co-exist with human settlement and businesses in that region. Eco tourism and nature based businesses support the large numbers of visitors - local national and international who come to experience what can only be provided by healthy natural environments - where there is harmony between  nature and man. Wilderness experiences are available for adventurous within the Scenic Rim. 

Despite the economic, social,cultural and environmental values existing within the community, there are still the real risks of loss if there is no groundtruthing of those values. Hence many fauna tours are being arranged to collect data. If you would like to join in future surveys, please contact Ronda on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click on image to see FAUNA OF THE CSG PIPELINE ROUTE.

 

 

What are our state and national values?

Last Updated on 02 April 2012

black-throated-finch NRPWhat is it that we value most? Those among us who have a closeness to and affinity with the natural environment certainly value a NATURE REFUGE over an OPEN CUT COAL MINE. How will our new Queensland government decide? We in Queensland will not benefit from the coal mine - not even jobs are certain as large mining companies seek to reduce human employees and replace them with automation. Coal is responsible for loads of climate damaging carbon pollution - whether it is burnt here or in CHINA. The impact of mining in Galilee Basin was prepared by the INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABLE FUTURES. It can be read or downloaded here.

As if the climate pollution is not enough the potential for futher harm to our WORLD HERITAGE Great Barrier Reef with expanded ports is unavoidable with our current development processes. A report about the Industrialisation of the Great Barrier Reef is available here

The proposed new mines would destroy two invaluable areas of our natural heritage. Bimblebox and Great Barrier Reef. Why would any Australian contemplate allowing that to happen? Is the economic imperative so great that we will sacrifice and cause to go extinct the small group of black-throated finches listed as endangered both in Queensland and nationally. Click on image to go to the National Recovery Plan.

It would seem that although we might believe that a REFUGE which shelters or protects from danger or calamity; a sanctuary inaccessible to an enemy is only so at the discretion of our environmental ministers.

New Premier Campbell Newman has stated he would keep his promises. This will be a test case. The LNP have already committed, in a statement to Lock the Gate, that they will protect areas with high conservation values from mining - does that include Bimblebox, and other nature refuges?

A refuge is either a refuge or it is not. It's simple. Unless people bombard the minister at Tony.Burke.MP@ environment.gov.au and the new state Environment Minister, saying "Don't Even Think About it'', then in the case of Finch versus Noisy Miner, the bird is cooked.

The offer to buy adjacent land to offset may be nice in theory but in practical terms does not work. There have been 1800 submissions to Queensland Co-ordinator-General. Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke has the power to intervene and veto the mine.

The Australia Institute reveals Queensland's mining boom will destroy 20,000 non-mining jobs. One non-mining job lost for every two mining jobs created, says senior economist Matt Grudnoff. Mostly in manufacturing and international tourism.

As concerned citizens we nned to be making our values known. 

 

GONDWANA WORLD HERITAGE IN YOUR BACKYARD

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

Gondwana-RainforestsThe Gondwana Rainforests of Australia represents over 50 separate reserves ranging from southern Queensland to Barrington Tops near Sydney. First listed in 1986 this World Heritage Listed property of sub tropical and temperate rainforests has been extended in recent years.  It is an outstanding record of flowering plants, true songbirds and other rare and threatened animals of the most ancient lineage.

 According to community representative Richard Zoomers, “What makes it so special is that it is a record of the past and a window into the future. New discoveries continue to be made as we better study the mysteries of these unique habitats of conservation.”

 “And we have this in our own backyard. The Scenic Rim is at the heart of the Queensland section and is a hotspot of biodiversity in Australia.  However huge pressures are constantly being exerted requiring careful monitoring,” he said.

 The management of Gondwana is overseen by both the Queeensland and NSW Wildlife services. Two advisory committees of scientific and community representatives also make significant contributions to decisions affecting the future of this remarkable wonderland. 

“These committees provide the chance for the community to have their input on a whole of property scale to deal with threats, day to day management, community engagement and promotion.”

 

Richard will be giving a presentation on Gondwana, its values, threats and management

Logan and Albert Conservation Association’s monthly meeting

Thursday 25  March at 7.30pm 

Beaudesert Arts and Community Information Centre. 

 Everyone is welcome

 

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