Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (25.6.16) on the government's moves to secure more state land as protected areas.
'13,704,240 hectares down – just 177,967,600 to go.
'Queensland is inching closer to its goal of having 17 per cent of the state declared a protected area by 2035, with the Governor signing off on another 474 hectares becoming national and state parks.
'Environment minister Steven Miles said the latest acquisitions meant just under 8 per cent of Queensland was now considered protected land. Researchers have urged the state government to choose land which was home to threatened species, rather than just cheap to protect.'