To Friends of Protected Areas
NPAQ along with WWF and TWS and many conservation groups, including QCC, thank you in advance for participating in the Protecting Queensland Campaign – to build a world-leading protected area system for Queensland!
Most wildlife-rich state in Australia is now seriously at risk, and immediate action is needed to grow and better manage protected areas.
The associated environmental groups have today released a new six-point plan calling on the Palaszczuk Government to act urgently on protected areas, as Queensland increasingly lags behind other states.
The message is simple: Koala habitat must be legally protected.
|The list will be made available to any group who can use it! Anyone can sign on. But we’re not yet at 1000 and the list won’t go out until we hit that number.|
It is definitely not a petition it’s a lobbying tool. So for example Steve Cubio is Tourism Minister and member for Moncrieff.
So 1000 friends of koalas can send him emails which demand he supports immediate habitat legal protection in south east Queensland or 1000 Friends can send out press releases.
The list doesn’t have to be sent to politicians but we need to know there are 1000 Friends to ensure it’s legitimate. The list can grow and become 2000 etc
This is Sue Arnold’s message -1000 Koala Friends is going to be used for Federal Elections and is going to be made available to any groups who also want to use it to support their own issues.
By the same token it is also going to be useful for QLD and NSW elections because there’s no way of differentiating the emails to know whether they have come from NSW and QLD.
The primary focus is the federals but we encourage people to use them at state levels.
We’ve told all groups if they want to use the list, they are more than welcome to.
P.S. Help us create one of the world’s biggest dugong havens right here in Australia. Please give now to ensure we have the funds ready to buy this net, so we can take it out of the water as soon as possible!FOLLOW US
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Thank you in advance.
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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.
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”.
BIEPA Management Committee