Indigenous Conservation Media Releases
- LNP backflips yet again on Wild Rivers position - February 17, 2012
- LNP fails to commit to Wild River protections - February 15, 2012
- New Cape York Indigenous Reference Groups breathe life into Wild Rivers - February 11, 2012
- Wilderness Society takes environment campaign right up to Campbell Newman - November 07, 2011
- Australia's iconic Lake Eyre Wild Rivers to be protected - August 24, 2011
- Huge dirty coal mine planned for Cape York - August 16, 2011
- Iron Range hand-back continues Australia’s largest land return and conservation program - July 29, 2011
- What is Campbell Newman's agenda for Cape York? - June 29, 2011
- Abbott's anti-Wild Rivers Bill dead in the water - May 12, 2011
- Xenophon urged to reject Coalition’s tricky anti-Wild Rivers tactics - February 28, 2011
The Wilderness Society today slammed Campbell Newman and the LNP for a complete negative backflip on Wild Rivers within just 24 hours.
The Wilderness Society today described the LNP’s latest position on Wild Rivers as incoherent and policy on the run. LNP Environment Spokesperson Andrew Powell has today denied that his party will tear up Wild River declarations in Western Queensland, but offered no clear commitment to keeping Wild River protections in place.
The Wilderness Society has today welcomed the commencement of the Wild River Indigenous Reference Groups for the Coleman, Olive-Pascoe and Watson river basins on Cape York.
The Wilderness Society (TWS) will today launch its campaign to secure strong environmental platforms from the ALP and LNP ahead of the Queensland election, with a particular focus on turning around Liberal National Party leader Campbell Newman’s anti-environment agenda.
Generations of Australians to come will be able to witness the spectacular event we have just seen – the glorious transformation of the iconic Lake Eyre into a wildlife wonderland – when the Queensland Government finalises the protection of two main rivers systems that feed the lake from the devastating effects of mining and water extraction.
While conservationists, Traditional Owners and parts of the Queensland Government have been working towards a World Heritage listing for stunning Cape York Peninsula, mining companies are attempting to turn the region into a giant dirty coal mine, threatening whole ecosystems and the Great Barrier Reef.
Today’s signing of Indigenous Land Use Agreements and Indigenous Management Agreements, resulting in the transfer of the Iron Range National Park to the ownership of the Kuuku Ya'u peoples, continues the progress towards land justice and Indigenous conservation on Cape York. Several Island National Parks adjacent to the area will also be converted under this arrangement.
The future of Cape York Peninsula in far north Queensland is in question again with LNP leader Campbell Newman conducting a short trip there, but revealing nothing about his agenda for the region.
The Wilderness Society has congratulated Family First Senator Steve Fielding for putting vital environmental protection ahead of mining interests, with his surprise announcement today that he will vote against Tony Abbott's anti-Wild Rivers Bill in the Senate.
Senator Nick Xenophon faces a critical test over his voting intentions on a Coalition’s Bill to undermine protection of Queensland’s Wild Rivers, the Wilderness Society highlighted today.