Preserving our Environment
Our environment in Division 1 is magnificient, and we need to make sure it is preserved, not just for us but for our children's children. From the "Best Bumps on the Planet" the Glasshouse Mountains, to the beautiful and fragile ecosystem of the Pumicestone Passage, our environment is our greatest asset.
In the next term of council, it is important that we secure the UNESCO designation as a bio-sphere, which recognises the importance of our unique local environment. But it is even more important that we back up that designation with real actions on the ground to protect our air and water quality, and preserve more habitat and environmental land.
Save the Pumicestone Passage
The Pumicestone Passage in the East of Division 1 is one of the most beautiful and important waterways in the state. It is under threat from runoff from nearby development contaminating the water and disrupting its ecosystem.
Council and the Pumicestone Catchment Community Group (of which I am a member), have worked hard to get the water quality up to the A- grade and to keep it there, but we must remain vigilant.
As councillor for the area, I have been a strong opponent of plans to develop in ways that threaten the passage, many of which would also erode the green belt or “inter-urban break” between us and the suburban areas of Moreton Bay and Brisbane.
Action on Climate Change
I have always been a supporter of council taking action on climate change. The recent fires across the country have simply reminded us of the importance.
We've had some major successes this term, such as becoming the first council in Australia to build a utility scale solar farm, which is now offsetting 109% of council's electricity use with renewable energy. We have also set a target to be a zero-emissions organisation by 2041.
However, I think we can do even better than that, and I have asked for the council executive to prepare an extensive workshop on climate change for the new council in the next term, so it will be one of the first things we consider. The new term of council is a great opportunity to renew our commitment to action.