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2015-16 State budget supports protected areas

Major National Park, protected area and other environmental initiatives announced today include:

  1. $7.9m for land acquisitions by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP) including $4.3m for new protected areas under the Investing in our Environment Program and $1.6m to increase koala habitat.
  2. $5m to continue Nature Assist to secure nature refuges for lands with significant conservation and climate resilience value.
  3. $7.3m over 4yrs for the continued employment of 15 Indigenous Rangers to work on-Park in Cape York and the Gulf.
  4. $7.4m over 4yrs to manage 2.6m hectares of park estate on Cape York (including the employment of 7 additional Rangers).
  5. An additional $100m over 5yrs for water quality initiatives, scientific research and business transition to better protect the Great Barrier Reef.
  6. A ban on sea-based dumping of capital dredge spoil within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
  7. $20m over 5yrs to develop the North Stradbroke Island Economic Transition Strategy.

NPAQ commends the State Government for these initiatives and looks forward to continue working with DEHP and the Qld Parks and Wildlife Service to ensure national parks and other protected areas are selected strategically and resourced to protect the nature values that they were originally gazetted for.