Do Candidates for Mayor support Saving Moreton Bay and Beaches?
With the new State Government now considering its options, QCC has sought the support of all Mayoral candidates standing in the 28 April local Government election.
We asked each to support a statement;
I urge Premier Newman to introduce a Save Moreton Bay Plan aimed at reducing pollution levels entering the bay by 2014. As Mayor, I would support my Council's participation and equitable contribution to the Save Moreton Bay Plan.
To find out which Mayoral Candidates support Moreton Bay and our Beaches
Pressure on bayside candidates this week to commit to save Moreton Bay
Candidates in the five state electorates bordering Moreton Bay face pressure this week to declare whether or not they support Queensland Conservation’s campaign to save the Bay.
Queensland Conservation has repeatedly called on ALP and LNP candidates to throw their support behind the campaign, which calls on the major parties in the 24 March State Election to commit to saving the Bay from increasing pollution.
This week, the state’s peak non-government environment group will visit the office of eight candidates offering them the opportunity to sign a petition already supported by over 1500 Bayside residents and collected at local markets over the last three weeks.
The electorates being targeted are the marginal seats of Cleveland and Redland Bay, currently held by the LNP; the ALP-held seat of Redcliffe; Sandgate, the electorate currently held by Minister for the Environment, Vicky Darling; and Lytton, currently held by retiring ALP member Paul Lucas).
Member for Cleveland, Mark Robinson (LNP) has refused to sign the petition.
Unique dugong population under threat if Moreton Bay not protected from pollution
If the deteriorating health of water flowing into Moreton Bay is not addressed, the future of the Bay’s iconic dugong population will be under threat within 14 years.
Moreton Bay is home to the largest population of dugongs in the world next to a major metropolitan centre, making it unique – and vulnerable. Dugongs have an almost exclusive diet of tropical seabed grasses, which means any impact on the seabed through increasing pollution will impact the availability of food.
In the lead up to the 24 March State Election, Queensland Conservation is calling on political leaders to commit to funding, monitoring and regulation to significantly reduce the pollution levels flowing into the Bay.
The move is part of the Save Moreton Bay campaign, launched earlier this month. To date, neither major political party has committed to action or funding.
Still No Political Commitment to Saving Moreton Bay
March 1, 2012
At the Save Moreton Bay breakfast this morning (March 1) both the Government and the LNP pledged support for Moreton Bay but remained non-committal on their policy agendas.
‘It’s disappointing that we are still waiting for commitments from the two major parties on Moreton Bay, said Toby Hutcheon, Executive Director of Queensland Conservation
‘The fact is that we know the problems and we know the solutions, what we lack is the political will to save Moreton Bay.’
Overwhelming support to Save Moreton Bay
February 28, 2012
Recent surveys1 show more than 90 per cent of south-east Queensland households support cost-effective preventative action now to save Moreton Bay from pollution, rather than more expensive remediation action in the future.
Results also show 88 per cent of households agree population growth is hurting our waterways, and 80 per cent believe environmental damage from development should be offset through funding and remediation programs.
In the lead up to the 24 March Queensland State Election, Queensland Conservation is calling on political leaders to commit to funding programs in the next term of government to prevent pollution going into the Bay, saving Queenslanders $2 billion by 2031
Pressure on Political leaders to commit to saving Moreton Bay
in new term
February 24, 2012
Queensland Conservation is calling on political leaders in Queensland to commit to saving Moreton Bay in the next term of government, or risk the $5 billion generated each year in tourism, recreation and primary industries.
The state’s peak non-government environment group will launch its Save Moreton Bay campaign at Wellington Point Reserve at 9am on Saturday 25th February. The campaign includes a petition urging action from the incoming government after the 24 March State Election.
It outlines a clear strategy to halt the continued decline of the Bay and calls on an investment package of $80 million a year over the next three years to reduce the amount of pollution flowing into it.