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Keep watch as whales have a time

April 24, 2021

Queenslanders are being encouraged to keep their eyes peeled as humpback whales make their annual migration along the east coast, with many of the state’s national parks the perfect viewing platform. Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon said more than 25,000 whales are expected to swim past Queensland from now until November as the whales travel from and return to the southern ocean.

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Queensland leaders to scope Biden summit

April 22, 2021

The Palaszczuk Government will task leaders in industry, innovation and the environment to explore new opportunities out of US President Joe Biden’s upcoming climate summit.

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Heritage panel to bolster Queensland protection

April 18, 2021

The Palaszczuk Government has announced a new advisory panel will be established to strengthen Queensland’s heritage register and provide expert advice on heritage places and spaces. Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon announced on World Heritage Day, April 18 that a panel of specialists would be created consisting of representatives from the Australian Institute of Architects, the National Trust of Australia (Queensland) and local governm...

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Traditional knowledge code for biodiscovery one step closer

April 18, 2021

Queensland has taken the next step in ensuring its biodiscovery industry meets international standards with the Palaszczuk Government opening consultation on a code of practice and guidelines for traditional knowledge in biodiscovery. Minister for Environment and Science Meaghan Scanlon said the consultation was part of reforming the Biodiscovery Act 2004, to better protect the knowledge of First Nations peoples’ while supporting the growth...

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Public Register Portal opens up environmental records to all

April 14, 2021

A new online portal released today will give the public improved access to environmental licences and permits in Queensland. Minister for the Environment Meaghan Scanlon said the Public Register Portal will make it quicker and easier to get updates on enforcement activities carried out by the Department of Environment and Science (DES).

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FNQ young people have spoken out for Youth Week

April 13, 2021

Mental health, consent, employment and training and life in regional communities are among the important issues young North Queenslanders have spoken out about in a powerful roundtable held as part of the Queensland Youth Week Speak Out Series.

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