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Koalas and SEQ Climate Change Management Plan

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

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Koalas and SEQ Climate Change Management Plan

Actions to support SEQKA - South East Queensland Koala Alliance.

A valid submission to every Queensland government draft plan is an opportunity to raise your concerns about the impact the proposed government plan will have on the long term survival of the iconic koala in South East Queensland.

What is SEQKA?

We are a growing group of citizens, community members, wildlife care groups and their members, scientists, individuals, town planners, university staff and students,conservation groups, farmers, teachers, students and more, who have in our daily lives witnessed and are witnessing still the demise of the koala as its habitat is cleared to make way for the spread of increased human settlement.

Please send an email today . Remember to include your name and address.

YOU CAN SEND A SUBMISSION AT ANY TIME ON ANY ISSUE - DO NOT WAIT FOR GOVERNMENT TO CREATE OPPORTUNITY

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Draft South East Queensland Climate Change Management Plan

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

haveyoursayOpportunity for a public comment is being provided by state government.  When finalised this South East Queensland Climate Change Management Plan  will be used to implement the climate change policies of the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009 - 2031 that was released on Tuesday 28 July 2009. For more information go to the government weblinks here and here where you can download a copy of the draft plan.

You can also request a copy of the plan email your name and postal address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 1800 070 609 (free call).

Climate change is a global phenomenon and there is a wide range of international, national and statewide climate-change mitigation and adaptation initiatives already underway. The Draft South East Queensland Climate Change Management Plan proposes actions suited to the region's geographical, ecological, social and economic characteristics - at regional and local-government planning scales.

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Draft Recreation Master Plan - Wyaralong Dam Project

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

WyaralongDamRecreationTrailMapMembers of the community have until 22 July 2009 to comment on Draft Recreation Master Plan for the Wyaralong Dam Project . More details are available in Beaudesert Times for 8 July 2009.

According to Queensland Water Infrastructure Pty Ltd, QWI, they have been working with such key stakeholders as

Local groups and governing bodies for independent recreation (e.g bushwalking and orienteering), cycling, water sports and the equine community
Schools and outdoor education providers
Scenic Rim Regional Council
Tourism Queensland
Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation
Sport and Recreation Queensland
Department of Infrastructure and Planning

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Border Ranges Rainforest Biodiversity Management Plan

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

The draft Border Ranges Rainforest Biodiversity Management Plan has recently been released for public comment. This is your opportunity to get involved in guiding the direction of recovery actions for the rainforests and related communities, and their component species, found in the Border Ranges Biodiversity Hotpot area over the next 10 years. The public comment period closes on Friday, 28 August 2009.

The draft recovery plan, its appendices and maps can be downloaded from the Department of Environment, Heritage and the Arts' website, visit http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/publications/recovery/border-ranges.html. For a hard copy, contact the Department's Community Information Unit, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Freecall: 1800 803 772.

The extract below is from the Department's website:

"The Border Ranges Rainforest Biodiversity Management Plan constitutes the formal national regional recovery plan for threatened species and communities of the Border Ranges North and South (Queensland and New South Wales) Biodiversity Hotspot. The Plan considers the conservation requirements of rainforest and closely related species and communities in the Border Ranges region of NSW and Queensland, which is centred on the McPherson Ranges. It also addresses other species of conservation significance so as to manage the area's biodiversity in a holistic and cost-effective manner.

The Plan identifies the actions to be taken to ensure the long-term viability of the threatened and significant species of the rainforest and related vegetation of the Border Ranges Hotspot, including those that:

  • improve communication within and between agencies, departments and the community;
  • promote land acquisition, private land covenants, rainforest and associated stream and river management and restoration within the identified regional climate change linkages;
  • ensure statutory instruments are used to protect rainforest and related vegetation from clearing and habitat loss;
  • inhibit the processes and practices that fragment, modify and/or degrade biodiversity values of rainforest and related ecosystems and promote and facilitate the active management of rainforest;
  • restore modified/degraded rainforest and related habitat and recreate corridors of rainforest and related ecosystems for movement and dispersal of species;
  • prevent new weed invasions or establishment and encourage a consistent approach to weed invasions and strategic control through partnerships/alliances between all key agencies and landholders;
  • protect rainforest and related vegetation from inappropriate fire regimes;
  • establish systems that coordinate detection, control/eradication, monitoring and reporting on new and emerging pest animals and coordinate strategic control of existing pest animals in the Border Ranges rainforest and related vegetation;
  • protect rainforest, riparian rainforest and associated watercourses from livestock;
  • reduce the impacts on rainforest and related vegetation from road, track and utility corridor construction and maintenance;
  • prevent introduction of diseases and pathogens by implementing hygiene protocols;
  • undertake in situ management, and assess the need for ex situ conservation and translocation programs;
  • undertake active engagement with the Indigenous community and the broader community; and
  • establish monitoring and evaluation programs for biodiversity projects undertaken as part of the implementation of this Plan."

Comments on the draft recovery plan should be sent to:

Mail:
Director
Recovery, Planning and Implementation Section
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fax: 02 6274 1921

 

MT LINDESAY/BEAUDESERT STRATEGIC TRANSPORT NETWORK INVESTIGATION

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

RoadLinksCardno Eppell Olsen are the consultants for the Mt Lindesay/Beaudesert Strategic Transport Network Investigation which aims to determine the long term (50 years) transport needs in the Mt Lindesay - Beaudesert area. The study investigates potential future land use scenarios and assesses transport system options for the future. The study recommendations will be used to guide future planning for the area.

This study by the Department of Transport and Main Roads is looking at the longer term transport needs of the Mt Lindesay/Beaudesert region over the next 50 years and will identify the strategic level transport options required to support the expected growth in the area. The findings will help state and local governments plan now for the delivery of future transport networks.

The draft report can also be viewed at the following locations until 12 June:
• Beaudesert QGAP;
• Logan City Council Customer Service Centre;
• Scenic Rim Council Office (Beaudesert)
• Greenbank, Jimboomba, Logan Village and Logan West Libraries.

Public comment and submissions on the draft report are invited until 12 June 2009 and will be considered in the final report.

 

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A national approach to biodiversity decline - submissions until 29 May

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

 biodiversity-conservation-strategy2010-2020.jpgIf you would like a hard copy of Australia's Biodiversity Conservation Strategy 2010-2020, please use the order form available here or you can download a copy here.

A Working Group has proposed a national approach to deliver a range of cost-effective national actions to reduce the impact of system-wide threats that are underlying causes of decline in biodiversity.

The approach focuses on three system-wide threats to biodiversity, where existing responses should be enhanced and where national scale attention is needed for new actions:

Drivers of loss of habitat values and decline in ecosystem function [ major issue for koala survival]

Spread of invasive pests, weeds and diseases

Climate change impacts on biodiversity.[major issue for koala survival]

 CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS 29 MAY 2009

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HOW CROWDED SEQ WILL BECOME - EPA PROJECTIONS TRAFFIC GROWTH

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

projected20traffic.jpgIf you are concerned about how crowded South East Queensland  will become according to these EPA  projections of traffic growth through to 2030,  MAKE A SUBMISSON TO DRAFT SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND REGIONAL PLAN.

Redland City Mayor Melva Hobson said there were a number of important issues raised by the draft SEQ regional plan that the Redlands and other SEQ Council's wanted addressed, before the plan becomes final. There are serious gaps in infrastructure, including provision for vital transport links to meet past growth, let alone the substantial growth the new plan projects for the SEQ Region.

 Logan and Scenic Rim residents know only to well the shortages and absences in many areas of acceptable public transport. Education and health provisions are also inadequate to meet the needs of the current population.

Community consultation processes can be withdrawn by the Minister. This also negates all the planning processes of the local council if the draft regulatory provisions are accepted and we allow the Minister to simply change the urban footprint by administrative fiat. Read article in the online bayjournal.com.au

 

 

Make a submission on SEQ Regional Plan issues - Redlands Council urge

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

haveyoursay.jpgRedlands Council has made its submission and encourages residents to make submissions to the Queensland Government on outstanding issues in the draft SEQ Regional Plan. See here

SHOULD LOGAN CITY AND SCENIC RIM REGIONAL COUNCILS SHARE THEIR VIEWS AS OPENLY WITH RESIDENTS? Tell me if I missed the information on councils' websites. The same issues exist in Logan Scenic Rim Region and all SEQ council areas. What submission will council make to state government on our behalf? Do they know what our vision is?

A special general meeting of Redland City Council held on 10 March 2009 identified the following as key issues that remain to be addressed in the draft plan.

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EXTRA TIME FOR SEQ REGIONAL PLAN SUMBISSIONS ANNOUNCED

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

power20to20people.gifMinister for Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe
Tuesday, March 31, 2009

EXTRA TIME FOR SEQ REGIONAL PLAN SUBMISSIONS
South East Queenslanders have an extra month to provide feedback on the draft SEQ Regional Plan 2009 – 2031.

New date Friday May 1, 2009

Read the press release here. This has come about because a significant number of people and groups have asked for this to occur. We expressed concern for unavailability of essential documents and also lack of 'consultation' opportunity during the election period. While it is less than requested, we thank the new Minister for Infrastructure and Planning The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe for this extension.

Those groups asking for genuine protection of natural resouces - flora and  fauna, water and air, sustainable development and population targets believe that rhetoric does not match reality ie the government documents acknowledge these principles but are not walking the talk yet.

The draft South East Queensland Regional Plan can be viewed at: www.dip.qld.gov.au  or at Council chambers.

 


 

Community Engagement policy and strategy and local plans in Logan City

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

haveyoursay.jpg                                         Community Engagement policy and strategy - our comments are      sought on Logan City Council's draft Community Engagement policy and strategy. Completion of online form by

haveyoursay.jpgFriday 17 April.

The Community Engagement Strategy provides a framework for developing a consistent approach to community consultation and surveys across Logan City Council. It also includes an action plan for the Community Engagement Program for 2009.

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