Respect Ramsar

Respect Ramsar

Recent media revelations that former Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg exercised political discretion to progress approvals for the destructive Toondah Harbour mega-development in south-east Queensland.

The proposed development will permanently destroy important feeding habitat used by Eastern Curlew and other threatened migratory shorebirds. 

This development should have immediately been declared ‘unacceptable’ by the Environment Minister. Instead, it has been given the green light for an environmental assessment, with no transparent explanation. 

The decision by the Minister goes against expert advice of the Department and highlights the need for stronger national environment laws and independent institutions to ensure those laws are applied ...

Recent media revelations that former Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg exercised political discretion to progress approvals for the destructive Toondah Harbour mega-development in south-east Queensland.

The proposed development will permanently destroy important feeding habitat used by Eastern Curlew and other threatened migratory shorebirds. 

This development should have immediately been declared ‘unacceptable’ by the Environment Minister. Instead, it has been given the green light for an environmental assessment, with no transparent explanation. 

The decision by the Minister goes against expert advice of the Department and highlights the need for stronger national environment laws and independent institutions to ensure those laws are applied without political influence. 

Critically endangered migratory shorebirds like the Eastern Curlew rely on this internationally important wetland for their survival. If approved, Toondah will set a dangerous precedent for 2,331 Ramsar sites around the world.  

The international community is watching what happens next.

 

 

 

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