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1 Australia is one of the six most biodiverse countries in the world. More than 80% of our mammals, reptiles and flowering plants are found only on this continent. Because of habitat destruction, land clearing, feral animals and invasive weeds we have the highest mammal extinction rate in the world.

2 Queensland is home to 70% of Australia’s native mammals, 70% of our native birds, over 50% of our native reptiles and over 50% of our native frogs.

3 12 mammals are now extinct in Queensland. Queensland now has 226 species of mammals. 45 are threatened. 3 are critically endangered.

4 630 species of birds are found in Queensland.

5 1 is extinct ‒ The Paradise Parrot.

6 49 birds are threatened. 3 are critically endangered. Herald PetrelGround Parrot Yellow Chat (Dawson)

7 There are 485 native reptile species living in Queensland.

8 36 are threatened. Bulburin Gecko Green Turtle Brigalow Scaly-foot

9 4 are critically endangered. Hawksbill Turtle Leatherback Turtle Nangur Spiny Skink Retro Slider

10 127 frog species call Queensland home.

11 30 are threatened. Fleay’s Barred Frog Cascade Treefrog Wallum Rocketfrog

12 5 are critically endangered. Armoured Mistfrog Kuranda Treefrog

13 6 frogs have been declared extinct in Queensland in the last few decades 2 species of Gastric Brooding Frogs. These were unique because they incubated their eggs in their stomachs and gave birth through their mouths. The Mountain Mistfrog is now believed to be extinct.

14 The less charismatic, yet just as ecologically vital threatened animals in Queensland include...

15 26 invertebrates Lamington Spiny Crayfish Boggomoss Snail Apollo Jewell Butterfly Thylacine Darner McIlwraith Freshwater Crab

16 and 11 bony fishes. This ‘living fossil’ has been around for 200 million years and is the longest surviving vertebrate species on this planet. Will our generation be the last to see it in the wild? and the amazing Lungfish Lake Eacham RainbowfishHoney Blue-eyeMurray Cod

17 Why so many threatened species? Habitat loss due to land clearing and land fragmentation #1 REASON?

18 Queensland has the highest biodiversity in Australia. But the least amount of protected land.

19 65% of Queensland is leasehold and the current government is looking for buyers. 81% of Queensland is under exploration permits for coal, oil, gas, metals and/or minerals. Only 117,717 km², or 6.80%, of Queensland’s total area, is protected.

20 Queensland, Australia’s 2 nd largest state, is 1,730,648 km². Only 115,051 km², or 6.65% is in the National Reserve System. That’s 11.14% of the NRS’s total area.

21 No coal mine has EVER been stopped on environmental grounds in Queensland.

22 There is no land clearing limit for CSG. 1 hectare per well is currently being cleared. There are 40,000 wells planned for Queensland. These figures do not include the land to be cleared for roads and pipelines.

23 The internationally recognised RAMSAR listed wetland, 18 Mile Swamp on North Stradbroke Island is threatened by sand mining.

24 A new alliance has been established to give a strong voice of reason to conservation organisations concerned with the impacts of mining and other potentially harmful activities on areas of high conservation value.

25 Protect the Bush Alliance YOUR LOGO HERE!

26 The primary goal of the Alliance is to advocate the protection of high conservation value areas in Queensland and to identify activities that describe them.

27 Lobbying to increase the number of protected areas. Lobbying to increase the participation of local NGOs in the Environmental Impact Statement decision making process. Identifying where scientific surveys are needed on properties of high conservation value. PTBA activities include:

28 We will find volunteers who will give their time to survey private properties and existing or potential protected areas threatened by mining and other inappropriate use. The purpose of these surveys is to identify new and/or threatened species and vegetation communities. SURVEYS

29 Survey criteria A demonstrated interest by the affected landowner in preserving the conservation values of their property. Existing protected areas, or other public lands, such as State forests that are under threat from mining.

30 The results of these surveys: 1) will build a scientific argument to secure permanent protection of these areas. 2) may trigger Federal involvement in the protection of remnant habitat through the application of the EPBC Act ) will provide valuable information to landowners so they can make informed decisions about the management of remnant habitat.

31 Join us now to Protect the Bush for ourselves, future generations and the survival and wellbeing of our state’s precious unparalleled biodiversity. Contact: Paul Donatiu - Rae Clark - Sheena Gillman -


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