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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:


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 


The vote on our marine parks could be next week.
Act now to save our sanctuaries.

The Turnbull Government’s proposed plans would slash our marine sanctuaries. It would be equivalent to removing almost every second national park on land. Your Federal Senators could be voting on the future of our national network of marine sanctuaries as early as next week.

Please sign the petition telling your Senators to stand up to these cutbacks. Tell them to fight for our marine sanctuaries, now and into the future.

Sign Now for our Marine Sanctuaries

Hundreds of thousands of Australians have voiced their support for marine sanctuaries over years of consultation. We achieved a world leading sanctuary network to protect our most precious ocean wonders. But then there were brutal cutbacks.

The Turnbull Government’s new marine park plans ignore decades of science, the advice of their own independent review and the wishes of local communities. They’re robbing our oceans of the protection they desperately need.

Many of Australia’s marine icons would be slashed: including one of Australia’s oldest sanctuaries at Lord Howe Island, Geographe Bay in southwest WA, the Gulf of Carpentaria, and the Kimberley. Worst hit is the Coral Sea – the cradle to the Great Barrier Reef and one of the last wild places on Earth where the ocean giants of the Pacific still thrive.

Stand up for our marine icons. Please sign the petition today.

YES – I stand for our marine sanctuaries

We are committed. We must fight for the full return of our sanctuaries – and we are asking that our representatives in Federal Parliament make the same commitment. With an election potentially as soon as this year, we have a powerful opportunity to let all parties know that the future of our oceans is a critical issue.

It took years of fighting, but we secured the very first Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in the face of opposition like this. We can do it again.

Will you sign the petition now to tell our Senators these plans are not good enough?

Hundreds of thousands of Australians banded together to help create our National Network of marine sanctuaries before they were brutally cut back. They won’t be returned unless we fight for them.

For our oceans,
Adele Pedder
P.S. This may biggest fight for our oceans we’ve ever faced. We are standing for a future in which our oceans are protected from climate change, industrialisation, and unsustainable fishing practices. Will you help us realise that vision?
Chip in to support our marine sanctuaries campaign at this critical moment.

As we announced in our February BIEPA NEWS, BIEPA no longer uses the services of the Commonwealth Bank.

BIEPA now banks with the Bank of Queensland (BOQ).

If you wish to make a bank transfer for your membership fees, you can carry that out using BIEPA’s BOQ General Account details as follows:  BSB Number: 124390; Account Number: 22657983.

If you wish to make a Tax Deductible donation to the BIEPA Public Environment, you can carry that out using BIEPA’s BOQ Public Environment Account details as follows:  BSB Number: 124390; Account Number: 22671143.


We look forward to seeing you at the BIEPA AGM Monday 28th May 2018.

If you have not been able to pay your membership fees before the AGM and would like to pay them on the evening of the meeting , could you please arrive half an hour early (at least by 6:30pm) and our Treasurer, Lia with an assistant, will be stationed outside the meeting room in the corridor to attend to you.

Membership Renewal and BIEPA Mgmt Committee Nomination forms are attached to the Next Meeting Notice, for your convenience.

If you wish to post them, please address to:

Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature

Happy Earth Day!!! – April 22nd, 2018
It has been an exciting month with great news for the Rights of Nature and we, at the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (GARN), are inspired by the latest events and the positive actions that have been taking place. From Australia, to Canada, to Colombia, and other parts of the world, we are seeing significant progress in the process of bringing legal protection and greater consciousness to nature and all living things. We hope we continue to receive good news from around the World. It is incredibly motivating for our movement, for every environmental activist and for nature itself to be recognized and to progress in such a way: the hard work pays off. Keep the good news coming!
Save the date!

It is exciting for us to share with our community that the International Symposium to Commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Rights of Nature in Ecuador will be taking place on the 27th and 28th of September; which marks the date of Rights of Nature recognized in Ecuador’s Constitution 10 years ago. There will be round-table discussions, talks and multiple events with recognized researchers, academics, activists and civil society groups and organizations around this historic event. We will showcase how this milestone has influenced legal, social and environmental aspects in Ecuador (the first and only country to recognize Rights of Nature in its Constitution).

We hope you can make it!

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