Land clearing laws need to be tougher
BUNDAMBA MP Jo-Ann Miller has used an adjournment debate speech to lash out at the Palaszczuk Government's tree clearing laws, saying they don't go far enough to protect her electorate from unchecked development.
Ms Miller said she had been speaking on the issue for 12 years and that it was time the environment in the seat of Bundamba and elsewhere was treated with more respect.
She said urban development in a large part of Springfield through Redbank Plains to the new Ripley Valley developments "have subjected the landscape to large scale tree clearing reminiscent of the Joh Bjelke-Petersen era D9 dozers with enormous chains destructing everything in its path".
She said developers had cut swaths through remnant bushland and the homes of many species of native animals.
"They approach development with a scorched earth policy of removing every tree...leaving a moon scape type environment devoid of life, any shade (or) any character.
"Our native bushland surrounding urban areas is just as important as in regional and rural Queensland. It sustains life, it produces oxygen while consuming carbon emissions, it helps with rainfall, it cools and shades.
"One of the great pleasures of living in Queensland is living near wonderful bushland and experiencing its pleasures and watching native wildlife.
"Currently the Tree Clearing and Planning Acts do not carry enough weight to stop poor planning and development occurring. We need to embrace development that is smart, innovative and respectful of the environment upon which it is encroaching".