Protect the Bush Alliance
At a meeting in Brisbane on Monday 16 July it was agreed to form an
Alliance of people and organisations to Protect the Bush. The meeting
included representatives of Birds Queensland, BirdLife Southern
Queensland, National Parks Association of Queensland and Wildlife
To advocate the protection of areas of High Conservation Value
To identify and encourage activities that improve understanding of their
biodiversity and environmental values.
Membership is open to any organisation, business or individual that
accepts this aim. Where possible, logos are requested for letterheads
and publicity. It is expected that members will have a wide range of
views on other issues, but will work together to achieve the aims of the
There is no membership fee.
Members are welcome to attend any meetings of the Alliance. The next
meeting is 11 September 2012. Email will be used between meetings to
exchange information and discuss policy.
Members will be asked to consider carrying out any identified activities
as part of their program.
Some items need immediate action. (Members are asked to submit other items.)
Proposed coal mining of Bimblebox Nature Refuge in Queensland:
http://bimblebox.org/. More surveys into the biodiversity of areas under
exploration for coal permits in the Galilee Basin are required urgently.
Mining activities in inappropriate places
Collection of data on Priority State Forests.
Input into the development of Regional Plans for Central Queensland and
the Darling Downs: dlgp.qld.gov.au/regional-planning/
A PowerPoint presentation about why the Alliance believe it is important
to protect Queensland's Biodiversity is available from Lee Curtis
Paul Donatiu (Chairman) – ; Rae Clark –
Grahame Rogers – ; Sheena Gillman
High Conservation Value Areas
From Wikipedia (accessed 17 July 2012)
An area of High Conservation Value is identified as such to cover a
range of conservation priorities and in order to allocate these
principles each will be categorised as one of the following;
HCVA 1 - Areas containing globally, regionally or nationally significant
concentrations of biodiversity values (e.g. endemism, endangered
HCVA 2 - Globally, regionally or nationally significant large
HCVA 3 - Areas that are in or contain rare, threatened or endangered
HCVA 4 - e.g. watershed protection, erosion control.
(Two more types of HCV are less relevant to the aim Alliance:
Livelihoods, HCVA 5 - Areas fundamental to meeting basic needs of local
communities (e.g. subsistence, health): and Cultural identity, HCVA 6 -
Areas critical to local communities’ traditional cultural identity
(areas of cultural, ecological, economic or religious significance
identified in cooperation with such local communities).
HCV areas include Important Bird Areas and properties in the National
The National Reserve System
The National Reserve System is Australia's network of protected areas,
conserving examples of our natural landscapes and native plants and
animals for future generations. Based on a scientific framework, it is
the nation's natural safety net against our biggest environmental
The reserve system includes more than 9,400 protected areas covering
nearly 14 per cent of the country - almost 106 million hectares. It is
made up of Commonwealth, state and territory reserves, Indigenous lands
and protected areas run by non-profit conservation organisations,
through to ecosystems protected by farmers on their private working
(from http://www.environment.gov.au/parks/nrs/index.html Accessed 17
The National Reserve System includes Queensland's Nature Refuges, where
mining is currently permitted.
You and your friends are invited to join. Just send an email to
to say that you accept the Aims, and if you wish,
attach your logo to put in our publicity material.
On behalf of the Protect the Bush Alliance
Grahame Rogers | Convenor
BirdLife Southern Queensland
44 Emu Creek Road, Crows Nest, QLD 4355
ABN 75 149 124 744
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