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Palaszczuk Government Restoring Queensland’s Tree Clearing Laws!

(29th March 2016)

Sustainable development and action in response to climate change are core values of the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

Tragically for our climate and the reef, surging rates of tree and vegetation clearing after the previous LNP Government lifted vegetation management is damaging our environment, climate and ultimately our economy.

That’s why Labor acted last week in Parliament, to deliver on our election commitment to re-introduce laws to reinstate vegetation protection measures in Queensland.

Land-clearing is a key contributor to greenhouse gas pollution. Queensland releases 36 million tonnes of emissions every year by land clearing alone and is responsible for 90% of land clearing in Australia.

Land clearing in Queensland doubled after the LNP lifted controls from 153,000 hectares to almost 300,000 hectares between 2012 and 2014.

Action is needed and we’re acting now.

The Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill will reinstate protection of regrowth on freehold and indigenous land, stop permits allowing the clearing of high value agriculture land and remove the mistake of fact defense for vegetation clearing offences.

I was proud to speak strongly in support of the bill. You can see my speech to parliament below and show your support for this bill by liking and sharing.

https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/…/20…/2016_03_17_DAILY.pdf

It is now up to the cross bench to support our laws in July for them to succeed.

I urge you to contact Speaker Peter Wellington, MP for Cairns Rob Pyne and MP for Cook Billy Gordon if you support our proposed laws and urge them to support Labor’s vegetation management bill now before Parliament.

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Local school nominated for heritage listing

Monday, 11 May 2015

One of Moorooka’s distinctive local landmarks – Moorooka State School – has been nominated for State heritage listing, Member for Yeerongpilly Mark Bailey said today.

Mr Bailey said Moorooka State School in Sherley Street is more than 85 years old and is one of the most intact examples that captures the history of school designs in Queensland.

“Places nominated for State heritage listing are required to meet certain criteria before they can be included on the Queensland Heritage Register.

“I’m encouraging local residents and former students to have their say about the reasons why they’d like to see the Moorooka State School added to the register,” he said.

Places entered in the Queensland Heritage Register are considered important to Queensland’s history and are protected under legislation.

The school originally opened as a single highset timber building with five classrooms. Two additional buildings were erected in 1946 and 1953.

“In 1953, a three-level brick and concrete building was constructed during the boom years after World War II, which saw significant growth in Moorooka’s population.

“These two buildings set the school apart from others as an example of how Queensland’s education and school design has progressed over the years.

Interested residents and local groups can send their submissions to the Executive Officer, Heritage Branch, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, GPO Box 2454, Brisbane 4001 or via email to heritage@ehp.qld.gov.au. Submissions close 29 May 2015.

The Queensland Heritage Council will make the final decision on whether the school is added to the register.

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Queensland drivers admit to texting while driving

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Main Roads and Road Safety Minister and Member for Yeerongpilly, Mark Bailey said a recent study undertaken by his department revealed that more than three quarters of Queensland drivers could be illegally using their mobile phones while driving.

Mr Bailey said motorists are being encouraged to break the deadly habit with an innovative safety initiative, the 22-day Distraction Action Plan.

“If you’re using a mobile phone while driving, you’re driving blind – those few seconds can make a critical difference to the odds of being in a serious crash,” he said.

“In the two seconds a driver’s eyes are off the road attending to a phone, a vehicle moving at 60km/h travels 33 metres – and at 100km/h it travels 55 metres. These distances can mean the difference between life and death.

“Our study found a high percentage of people who admitted to using phones while driving, recognised they should reconsider their actions (62 per cent), but say they found it difficult to break the habit of using their mobile phones.”

Mr Bailey said the crash risk of using a mobile phone while driving has also been likened to that of driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or above.

The Minister launched the Distraction Action Plan in the lead-up to Easter – one of the busiest times on Queensland roads.

“It’s a key part of a new campaign aimed at encouraging drivers to break the habit. The plan provides motorists with ways in which to change their behaviour in three weeks.

“This includes keeping their phone in the glove box, or switching their phone to flight mode before starting a journey.

“I encourage anyone who needs to break their mobile habit to sign up to the 22-day Distraction Action Plan at www.jointhedrive.qld.gov.au and join the drive to save lives.”

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