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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 

 

RALLY for theREEF

Last Updated on 11 August 2013

rally4reef25AugThe Great Barrier Reef is facing the biggest, fastest and most widespread industrial development in its history. 

  • Mega-ports are proposed along the Reef's coastline.
  • Millions of tonnes of seafloor will be dredged and dumped back into the waters of the Great Barrier Reef. 
  • Thousands of coal ships will crisscross the Reef each year. 
  • Climate change is already putting the Reef under pressure and these developments will put the Reef and the tourism jobs that rely on it, at even greater risk.
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The reef needs stronger protection now. Our politicians need to show leadership.With the Federal election looming, it's time to call on all sides of politics to unite to save the Great Barrier Reef.
Port expansions and developments must be stopped, and the Reef protected forever.


Do you want the Reef to become an industrial zone and shipping superhighway?
Join us at this family friendly event to call on all sides of politics to unite to protect the reef.

11am Sunday 25 August 2013
Brisbane CBD
Queens Park, corner Elizabeth & George
www.rally4reef.com 

 

YOU CAN HELP SPREAD THE WORD. 

Letterbox drop flyers around your local neighbourhood. Click on image to print rally flters and posters.
Ask if you can put up posters and leave flyers in surrounding cafes
Ask to put a poster up in your local library
Leave flyers at work
Ask friends and family to join you at the rally and help distribution around their local area

rally4reef-groups

 

What you can do about Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

Last Updated on 21 March 2014

peril-in-Pacilic TPPAWhat you can do:

Write short, concise sharp emails to the following:

Write today to the new Federal Minister for Trade, Richard Marles, urging him to continue the government's position of refusing to agree to the inclusion of the ISDS provisions in the TPPA. The Trade Minister's electorate contact details are at:

http://www.richardmarles.com.au/index.php?option=com_facileforms&Itemid=53

Write today to the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, urging him to protect Australia's sovereignty, farmland, water quality, environment, health care, and workplace rights by maintaining Labor's established position of refusing to agree to the inclusion of the ISDS provisions in the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations. Mr Rudd can be contacted by email at http://www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm

Write to the Coalition Spokesperson for trade, Julie Bishop, asking the Coalition to adopt the same position as the Labor Government and refuse to agree to the inclusion of any ISDS provisions in the TPPA. Julie Bishop's contact details are at http://www.juliebishop.com.au/share-your-ideas.html

Write to the Leader of the Opposition and ask if you can get a 'blood oath' from him that the Coalition, if elected, will not agree to the ISDS provisions being included in the TPPA and any other free trade agreements in the future. Contact details are at http://www.tonyabbott.com.au/ContactTony.aspx

 

 

PROTEST CONCRETE PYLONS along Logan River

Last Updated on 22 December 2012

hands-around-globe-australiaThe LNP has approved the Loganlea to Jimboomba High Voltage Power Line.
This time next year we will POTENTIALLY have huge concrete poles throughout Logan Village & Jimboomba. See first-hand the poles that will damage our environment, make our community less liveable & make our power bills even more expensive.
Please come to Jimboomba Sub-station on Camp Cable Rd (opposite Maryland Rd).
Saturday, 1st December at 1.00pm.
Show your Xmas spirit & support those people directly affected – it will only take about 20 minutes.

IT IS NOT A SINGLE ISOLATED ISSUE! ALL OF US will be impacted by poor decisions - especially local wildlife that are little valued by many unless as a specimen in a zoo.  

COME ALONG TO PROTECT LOCAL KOALAS who co-exist harmoniously with local landholders, and also the cryptic elusive quoll.

COME ALONG TO PROTEST FURTHER DEGRADATION OF LOGAN RIVER

- 5 or more crossings

This time next year should be subject to all approvals being met by conditions imposed by federal compliance agencies for EBPC Act. Because LACA  Logan and Albert Conservation Association communicates our concerns to federal agencies wherever matters of national significance are concerned ie quolls and more recently koalas, Energex is aware that they are required to refer the matter to the department. 

When the matter is referred it will be open for public comment on the departments website   

http://www.environment.gov.au/cgi-bin/epbc/epbc_ap.pl?name=invitation_to_comment&limit=999&text_search=

TIME FOR COMMENT IS ONLY 10 DAYS so we need to make sure we can submit on time.
This being so I am concerned about the minister's statement that

'Energex would begin preliminary works before the end of the year, with the project expected to be completed toward the end of 2014.' Possibly refers to obtaining land from landowners. No Christmas cheer there!

Having this happen over Christmas period also challenges us to be aware of opportunity to put in submissions.

 

No Park Ridge Connector Group says no viable corridor

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

peaceful-protest noprcNO PRC PEACEFUL PROTEST

 outside the Logan entertainment Centre 170 Wembley Rd

9.00 am to 10.30 am  Monday 16 January.

The purpose of the meeting /protest is to

- protest to the lack of democratic process in the consultation process used to date by Main Roads

- highlight the values at risk  for the community and the environment 

The No Park Ridge Connector Group believes there is no viable corridor.

This matter is the modern day version of the Daisy Hill Koala Tollway dispute that overturned the Wayne Goss labour Government in the 1990s.

This Gateway-Motorway extension is proposed to be a heavy freight route 100 metres wide and 8 km long at 110 km per hour from Logan Motorway at Browns Plains to Granger Rd at Munruben (first proposed section), but then will eventaully be extended south to Chambers Flat, over the Logan River, south to Stockleigh and Jimboomba.

This proposed 6 lane route with the 10 lane upgrade of the Mt LIndesay Highway and a possible future road widening of Chambers Flat Rd to 4 lanes will mean 20 north to south lanes and 3 motorway, highways and major arterial routes running north to south in a 6 km wide ban from Browns Plains to the Logan River.

We have a police permit for this. If you want to participate, read the instructions at http://www.noprc.org/

This is possibly the most contentious issue in Logan this year. Follow what's happening at http://www.noprc.org/ and also at NO PRC Facebook page

 

What is the Park Ridge Connector (PRC) and why the discord?

Last Updated on 30 September 2012

no prc_poster2What is the Park Ridge Connector (PRC) and why the discord?

In summary, the PRC Motorway is a Queensland State government initiative, supported by the Logan City Council (LCC) to build a 6 lane (100 metre wide) extension to the Logan Motorway south from Wembley Road (Berrinba) to Granger Road (Park Ridge south) with future extensions planned to the area north of Camp Cable Road, Jimboomba. The primary function of this motorway is for long distance freight from the Logan Motorway through to Bromelton.

The community of concerned citizens have set up a website - including a forum if you want to discuss your concerns and issues. Go to http://www.noprc.org/ , download the flyers to share with your friends who are not online especially this one which provides a summary of issues and contact details

 Join the FACEBOOK page http://www.facebook.com/NoPRCGroup

 Logan and Albert Conservation Association Anne Page, 07 3297 0624 (AH), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Brisbane Region Environment Council Ted Fensom, 07 3801 2097, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This whole process is irresponsible planning - as has been shown to be the case with ENERGEX and their proposal to duplicate power lines and build towers on flood prone land. An independant report commissioned by the Minister for Energy has not supported the current ENERGEX proposal. We await the ministers decision on this project

A TRANSPORT AND MAIN ROADS "investigation / consultation" that fails to look at the use of public transport and cycleways for daily mobility - not just recreational riding is deficient to say the least.

There is growing awareness globally - very slowly at local levels - of the value of intact functioning healthy ecosystems - biodiversity infrastructure is a term LACA has coined. Globally nations are recognising the natural capital of the planet and universities such as Yale are delivering programs to students and others, making full content available online. The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) presents the foundations of valuation of ecosystem services, dynamic interactions of people and ecosystems and their impacts on local communities, sub-national and national policy and international agreements.

The potential and almost certain loss of several local native species should the PRC project proceed has an unimaginable cost - financial and otherwise s we humans do not yet fully understand the interconnected nature of all living species. Life as we know it depends upon all the invisible micro organisms are part of life's cycle.

 

SANTA’S COMING THIS WEEK

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

SANTA-292SANTA'S COMING TO BROWNS PLAINS SOON

R.O.T.A. has asked Santa to reshedule his visit to

Sunday 18th December at 10:00am.

He will be giving out gifts to children and his elves and other helpers will be talking with parents about the proposed PARK RIDGE CONNECTOR PRC Motorway.

He is not happy that '292', one of his many community destinations is possibly going to be lost forever and he'll not be able to visit the many children who come here each year to see him. 

 

Address: 292 Browns Plains Road, Browns Plains

Time: Saturday December 10 2011 @ 10:00am postponed

Sunday 18 December - delayed by rain - sorry to disappoint - but mark your calendars to visit Santa

Sunday 18 December from 10 to 12

We also expect to a visit from a large KOALA!

The habitat at 292 Browns Plains Road, Browns Plains is loved by the resident koalas who usually sleep during the day but we expect that one will be keeping company with Santa to talk to all the children. Come along and see why the humans koalas and other wildlife are worried. Santa has bags of gifts for all well behaved children.

 

Logan Mayor supports extension for consultation

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

Logan Mayor supports longer extension for consultation

SAY-NO-TO-PARK-RIGDE-CONNECTORLogan Mayor Pam Parker has sent a letter to support our request for a longer  extension for consultation for PARK RIDGE CONNECTOR CORRIDOR until end December.

Will this request be met by Minister Craig Wallace?

Read the leller here. 

Community dissatisfaction with the process has lead to the formation of the NO PRC group with a website here with opportunity for discussion on the forum and also a FACEBOOK page

http://www.facebook.com/pages/No-PRC-Park-Ridge-Connector-Motorway/200209970053673

 Logan residents are not happy to see a rushed consultation process for a major freight motorway / tollway which would - if ever built as being proposed by a very flexible "corridor of interest" dissect an undervalued landscape into a jigsaw of land patches criss-crossed by roads.

THIS IS NOT LACA'S VISION FOR A STATE REGIONAL BIODIVERSITY CORRIDOR.

THIS STATE REGIONAL BIODIVERSITY CORRIDOR IS WHAT REQUIRES PROTECTION AND PRESERVATION - NOT A ROAD CORRIDOR

ADJACENT TO JERRY'S DOWNFALL AND FLESSER RD RESERVE ARE LARGE PARCELS OF RURAL RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES WHERE WILDLIFE ROAM FREELY - where local residents drive carefully to respect the resident wildfife.

To contemplate a section of a major motorway and network of roads connecting to it without knowing - or telling us - where the freight road will start does not demonstrate good planning. There is another community to the north in Drewvale who are oblivious to this consultation process - or have not yet been consulted by the TMR team.

It is important that as many people as possible provide feedback.

Submissions can be sent via email to the project team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PRC cob_2Dec

Make sure you include your name and address and a digital signature would doublely ensure it is valid.

This TMR page has all details. You can also fill in an online survey.

Please be aware that the feedback form and survey [same questions as form] does NOT have to be completed except for YOUR COMMENTS.

IF YOU ARE WANTING TO SEE BETTER CONSULTATION AND BETTER ENVIRONMENTAL OUTCOMES JOIN US VIA WWW.NOPRC.ORG  or FACEBOOK page above.

LACA BELIEVES THAT INSUFFICIENCT BACKGROUND STUDIES HAVE BEEN DONE TO VALIDATE ANY CORRIDOR AND ALSO THAT COMMUNITY HAVE NOT BEEN PROVIDED WITH SUFFICIENT INFORMATION TO MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION. To suggest the validity of a corridor just because it has no direct impact on your particular property is environmentally unethical.

The environmental groups which met in addition to Community Reference Stakeholder Group to input into this process do not believe there is a viable corridor. Marking a line on a map now to build a road when funds are available just before a state election and local council elections is not indicative of good governance. This community of affected and concerned citizens expects better governance and a demonstration of openness, integrity and transparency.

 

 

3rd public protest meeting No PRC (Park Ridge Connector) Motorway

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

oppose-the-road-mtg13rd public protest meeting No PRC (Park Ridge Connector) Motorway

Next meeting: Information Session.

Tuesday, 22 Nov at 7pm,

Logan Reserve State School, Corner of Logan Reserve Rd and School Rd.

Did you miss one of our first two public meetings? Do you want to know more?

Come along to our Information Session. We will be revisiting the information presented at our first two public meetings (over 230 local residents at each meeting).

 Visit group website at   http://www.noprc.org/ 

Read what has been said in forums here   http://www.noprc.org/apps/forums/show/6377177-general-discussion If you'd like to add your comments or reply to what is already posted you will have to register. Follow local community comments also on FACEBOOK.

THIS IS YOUR HOME YOUR COMMUNITY WHERE YOU LIVE IN HARMONY WITH LOCAL FREE ROAMING WILDLIFE - kangaroos koalas frogs redbacked fairy wrens and even the elusive cryptic carnivorous quoll has been seen by some lucky residents, reptiles gliders and powerful owls to name some of our wildlife species.

Unfortunately the planners and consultants do not share our vision and our values. If decisions are left to them our descendants will only see wildlife in zoos.

Elsewhere on our single planet we are talking about sustainable development where the ecosystem services provided by the natural  environment are valued and preservation of those services is prized.

 

 

Extension is available for Park Ridge Connector Corridor

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

Powerful Owl_18th_Nov_2011_KarawathaForestExtension is available for Park Ridge Connector Corridor feedback.

Today 18 November 2011 is still listed as closure for Park Ridge Connector Corridor feedback. However if you phone 1800 799 844 you will be granted an extension. This has come about because of community pressure. Ask for it in writing! Ask name of person granting this.

LACA has stated from the very beginning that there is no viable corridor however the wider community also MUST HAVE an opportunity to input into this process.

We believe that Main Roads are are now hearing that the community would feel disenfranchised if not given more time to make their reasoned submissions.

Please be aware that the feed back form attempts to channel your answers. Also note that the closely knit community of CHAMBERS FLAT is not even included in the feedback form.

LOOK OUT FOR A MEDIA RELEASE FROM MAINS ROADS Department of Transport and Mains Roads - although the transport components of public transport and active transport ( cycling and personal  motorised disabilty scooters) are not included in any discussion

This powerful owl - captured on camera in Karawatha Forest this week - has bitten the head off the possum. The owl is a top predator in the proposed 'corridor of interest' and ranges over a large area. To survive he needs large intact bushland where his prey live and breed. Thus the survival of the owl depends on the possum which needs old growth trees with hollows. We need to protect corridors for wildlife rather than corridors for roads.   

 

 

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