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Finally, a Safe Home for Koalas in QLD!

The vital laws to help stop excessive tree-clearing in Queensland have just been passed! 

Over a year ago, we exposed the tree-clearing crisis in QLD and the devastating effect it was having on our Aussie wildlife.

With over 80% of koalas already lost from Queensland’s Koala Coast, there wasn’t a moment to lose.

By sending your KIMBY and with your generous support, you helped us put the spotlight on our iconic yet vulnerable koalas, and that message was heard loud and clear.

Thanks to you, over half a million emails have now been sent to key Queensland politicians, letting them know that you want to see ‘Koalas In My Backyard.’

Here’s what you helped achieve:

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Thank you for being a voice for QLD’s koalas. We did it!

But the work isn’t over, we’ll be ensuring the QLD laws are adopted.

Meanwhile, in NSW tree-clearing laws are still threatening the lives of koalas. With your support, we won’t stop until all koalas have a safe place to call home. We’ll be in touch again soon to let you know how you can help in the next critical part of the plan!

Darren Grover 
Head of Living Ecosystems 
WWF-Australia

 

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You can help protect them by supporting WWF-Australia to buy and remove the last full-time commercial gill net on the northern Great Barrier Reef!
This is big news. I can’t tell you how excited I am about the prospect of removing the last remaining full-time commercial gill net from Princess Charlotte Bay in the northern Great Barrier Reef. Opportunities like this, that will immediately save the lives of thousands of vulnerable sea creatures, just don’t come around very often.We’re currently deep in negotiations to buy this net. But first we need to raise the funds, so we can actually pay up once the final price has been agreed upon.

It’s a bold move. And we’re relying on your help to see it through.

Please, can you donate today to help buy this deadly net, and save the many dugongs, turtles and sharks that get entangled each year?

The northern Reef is home to one of the world’s biggest populations of dugongs, as well as other vulnerable marine life. But nets such as these pose a massive threat to their survival.

Gill nets hang like curtains in the sea and are designed to trap fish, however, there’s no safeguarding other sea creatures from becoming entangled. And once trapped, air-breathing animals can drown within minutes.

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The northern Reef should be a haven for the 6,500 dugongs that call it home, but the threat of net entanglement and drowning is growing as the area becomes more accessible to commercial gill net fishing.

We can’t just stand by and let this continue. That’s why, as well as helping to buy the net, your donation will also support our work towards a ‘Net-Free North’ – the creation of a net-free zone stretching from Cape Flattery to the Torres Strait. It will mean protection from commercial gillnetting for the long-term, and will create a dugong refuge larger than Tasmania!

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Here’s a rough map to show you how large this area is. Imagine how much of an impact your donation could have for the incredible marine life in these waters.

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Once the price is agreed, which we hope is very soon, we’ll only have a very short time to pay up. That’s why your support is so urgently needed today.

Please give what you can to remove this net, and help create one of the world’s biggest dugong havens on our northern Great Barrier Reef.

We know when we all pull together we can have a tremendous impact. Back in 2016, supporters like you helped us buy two fishing licences, saving up to 20,000 sharks a year. It was such an incredible result. If WWF supporters can all chip in again, we can do even more to protect an amazing eco-system and the wonderful wildlife that call it home.

Let’s buy this net and create a Net-Free North.

Thank you in advance.
Dermot O’Gorman
CEO, WWF-Australia
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The Joint Report was released on “National Threatened Species Day” – 7th September.

RSPCA Queensland records show that rescues of forest-dependent wildlife more than tripled from 2,331 in 2011 to 7,950 in 2016, with much of this increase put down to habitat destruction.

QLD This coincides with the news that more than 1 million hectares has been cleared in the past 4 years in Queensland.

Bulldozing of forests in Queensland has killed tens of millions of the wild Australian animals living there.

Why are we allowing this to happen? Who is responsible for allowing this to happen?
Scientists estimate tree-clearing in Queensland now kills 34 million animals each year: 900,000 mammals like koalas, possums, flying foxes and gliders, 2.6 million birds like cockatoos and 30.6 million reptiles including goannas, dragons, skinks and native geckos.

Koalas are front and centre of this animal welfare crisis and we all must do something to halt the carnage that has our native vegetation and wildlife on a fast track to extinction.

We are fast losing what makes Queensland, “Queensland”.

Please read more here: http://www.wwf.org.au/news/news/2017/tree-clearing-causing-queenslands-greatest-animal-welfare-crisis#gs.AvlXalw.

BIEPA Management Committee

It’s World Turtle Day today. Here’s one little hatching running the gauntlet of seagulls on Heron Island last month.
Run baby turtle run…good luck little one!
Video from the Queensland Conservation Council

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It's World Turtle Day today. Here's one little hatching running the gauntlet of seagulls on Heron Island last month. Run baby turtle run…good luck little one!

Posted by Queensland Conservation Council on Monday, 22 May 2017

BIEPA lodged, on 2nd September 2016, a Submission to the Queensland Government’s Advancing Climate Action in Queensland: Making the transition to a low carbon future discussion paper.
BIEPA was recently contacted by the government and asked if we would agree to having our Submission being made publically available on the Queensland government website.
The Four documents involved are available here in .pdf format, to read/download/print.

Steven Miles Submission on Climate Change policy 2_9_16

QCC Submission on Climate Change policy 2_9_16

ACF Submission on Climate Change 2_9_16

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