Queensland is lucky enough to retain some of the world’s healthiest natural river systems, but Wild Rivers on Cape York and in Western Queensland are set to lose their protections.
Revocation notices for the Wild Rivers Declarations on rivers on Cape York Peninsula and in the Channel Country have now been issued. The revocations will remove protections on the Archer, Lockhart and Stewart Rivers (as well as the Wenlock) on the Cape, and on Cooper Creek and the Georgina and Diamantina Rivers in the Channel Country region of Western Queensland.
This will leave these iconic and free flowing wild rivers wide open to mining, dams, irrigation or other destructive development unless either the Declarations are left in place or strong alternative measures are put in place. We believe, for example, that the Cooper Creek protection removal push has come from lobbying by mining giant, Santos, who want to frack and drill for unconventional gas, as much as from the state government.
What you can do
We need everyday people like you to stand up to be an advocate for our magnificent Wild Rivers. Make a call to Queensland Premier Campbell Newman’s office and your local state MP today and urge them to keep Queensland’s wild rivers protected from mining and large scale irrigation in Cape York, and from CSG/Shale Gas drilling in the Channel Country. Maintaining the current Wild River declarations is the best way to do this!
Contact the Queensland Premier:
- Phone: (07) 3224 4500
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Queensland resident? Contact your local MP: