13 June, 2018 –
To help transition to a low carbon, clean growth economy, there will be $5.6 million in the 2018/19 Budget to help Queensland adapt to the impacts of a changing climate.
Funding will be rolled out over four years – this work is essential as Queensland continues to tackle hotter summers, more frequent natural disasters, and devastating events like coral bleaching.
We know climate change is the biggest threat to the Great Barrier Reef, and we’re working hard to address it. This funding comes on top of our investment to protect the Great Barrier Reef, which will increase to a record $330 million over five years in this Budget. This will allow us to undertake restoration and conservation actions in the face of climate change, which will help to preserve the Reef for future generations.
These major plastic-reducing initiatives are not far away, with the ban on plastic bags coming into effect on 1 July, and the Container Refund Scheme coming into effect in November.
The Budget also includes funding for the important work that’s part of Queensland’s ongoing environment and conservation programs:
- $2.8 million will be allocated to projects which support a range of environmental and heritage protection activities as part of the Community Sustainability Action program.
- The Government will also continue with its crocodile population survey, while working to educate people on being Crocwise as part of a $5.8 million crocodile management strategy.
- $1.89 million will help protect environmental and Indigenous cultural heritage values statewide – as part of the $12 million Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger Program.
- A further $500,000 will be provided to Indigenous communities through the Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Grant program.
The projects and activities funded by these programs demonstrate the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to a cleaner, greener Queensland.