Media Releases

Easter holiday camping restrictions eased

March 12, 2021

More Queenslanders will be able to camp in the state’s national parks and forests this Easter with the easing of COVID19 restrictions. Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Meaghan Scanlon said school holidays, great weather and beautiful landscapes meant that state-wide national park and forest camping areas were currently at 62% capacity during the Easter long weekend, about double January capacities.

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Less Plastic is Fantastic

March 10, 2021

Queensland now has new laws to ban single-use straws. Polystyrene foam food containers and cups as well as single-use plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery and plates will all be banned from September 1, 2021 under new legislation passed by Queensland Parliament today.

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Cleanaway fined

March 05, 2021

The Department of Environment and Science (DES) has issued Cleanaway Solid Waste Pty Ltd with two penalty infringement notices (PINs) totalling $26,690.

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Clean Up Queensland this Clean Up Australia Day

March 04, 2021

Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon has encouraged Queenslanders to become involved in local activities for this year’s Clean Up Australia Day. “I cannot think of a better use of a day than to spend it in the outdoors, in the fresh air, and helping make Queensland’s environment cleaner for all, including for our wildlife,” Ms Scanlon said.

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Food Rescue Grant Applications Now Open

March 02, 2021

The Palaszczuk Government is helping food rescue organisations buy new vehicles and equipment so surplus food can be diverted from landfill to Queenslanders in need. A total of $850,000 is now available for Queensland not-for-profit food rescue organisations which are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $200,000 for eligible projects.

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Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger program expands

February 24, 2021

Fifty new Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers will be employed this year to help protect Queensland’s natural and cultural landscapes. The Palaszczuk Government is providing the first instalment for a total of 100 new Indigenous ranger jobs, to be funded over the next three years, which will double the number of Land and Sea Rangers in the program to 200. Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon said the $24 million funding boost for the Queensl...

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