Labor has consistently shown it is all about rhetoric and not about practical environmental action. Since being elected, Labor has done very little in the way of real and workable policies which protect our environment.
Delivering for the environment isn’t just about setting targets for 20 and 30 years down the track to avoid measuring actual achievements, it’s about taking practical action in the here and now to help local communities protect and improve the environment.
In recent years environmental policy has been hijacked by radical groups more interested in political grandstanding than achieving a consensus to chart a sustainable path forward. Practical grassroots actions have been forgotten.
Labor’s tunnel vision on vegetation management laws has meant real, workable policies that balance the needs of our hard-working farmers with those of the environment have been lost.
Queensland has a diverse and rich array of natural environments needing protection and nurturing to weather the climate impacts to come.
The LNP is genuine about improving and protecting our environment. We have a strong track record when it comes to tackling litter and waste and supporting grassroots efforts to clean up our environment. In government, the LNP:
- Developed the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan guiding the protection and long-term management of the reef
- Invested $35 million each year to improve water quality, including support for graziers and cane growers to develop best farm management programs and adopt reef-friendly practices
- Invested more than any previous government in protecting koalas through our record breaking $26.5 million habitat, research and rescue program
- Started the Resilient Rivers Initiative to improve water quality and soil erosion in the south east and invested $2 million annually in the Healthy Waterways program, and
- Established the popular Everyone’s Environment grants program which provided $12 million to community organisations to clean-up, restore and protect their local environment.
OUR REAL PLAN
A Tim Nicholls-led LNP Government will lead the way in delivering real workable solutions to future proof our environment for all of Queensland.
As part of our Greener Queensland plan we will commit to planting 3 million trees over the next six years by investing $10.5 million.
Planting trees is one of the most positive actions to sustain the environment for years to come.
According to Planet Ark, trees are good for the environment because:
- Trees promote biodiversity
- Trees produce oxygen
- Trees combat the greenhouse effect through carbon sequestration
- Trees reduce storm-water run-off, and
- Trees help control temperature.
One large tree can make a day’s supply of oxygen for four people.
There will be rolling rounds of grants where local groups and larger land care groups and service providers can bid to undertake planting in their local community or on a wider scale across the state.
Grants will be awarded on a reverse auction basis – that is, the lowest bidder will win.
All rounds will be managed and assessed to measure progress towards achieving our stated target of 3 million trees.
DELIVERING FROM OPPOSITION
From Opposition the LNP led the way and delivered a scheme to end single-use plastic bags in Queensland. The Palaszczuk Labor Government also adopted our policy to deliver a container deposit scheme that refunds 10 cents for aluminium, glass and plastic drink containers returned for recycling either at ‘reverse vending’ machines or designated collection centres.
The LNP has also pledged $300,000 to support the Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef initiative to encourage informed social action to promote and protect the Great Barrier Reef.
With the Palaszczuk Labor Government adopting our policies, Queensland will have a more liveable community.