To Scott Gorringe and other Traditional Owner representatives of the Georgina and Diamantina rivers and Cooper Creek regions.

 

This email is in response to your letter originally provided to Senator Larissa Waters, seeking the Queensland Greens views and responses to a number of questions relating to Wild Rivers declarations covering the Georgina and Diamantina rivers and Cooper Creek.

 

The response of the Qld Greens to the four questions asked is below.  Please get in touch if you need any further clarification.

 

regards

 

Andrew Bartlett

Convenor, Qld Greens.

 

 

1. Will you maintain the declarations of the Cooper Creek, Georgina and Diamantina Rivers as Wild River Areas under the Wild Rivers Act unaltered?  lf not, will you protect them by some other statutory means - and if so what? lf neither, what is your policy for the management and protection of the rivers?

 

Yes, the Queensland Greens pledge to  maintain the declarations of the Cooper Creek, Georgina and Diamantina Rivers as Wild River Areas under the Wild RiversAct unaltered.

 

2. Will you retain the first-year funding commitment to the current ten community-based

Traditional Owner Rangers across the three river basins? Will you provide permanent funding in future years for these rangers and increase the number of rangers in the catchments?

 

Yes, the Queensland Greens will retain the first-year funding commitment to the current Traditional Owner Rangers and pledge to provide permanent funding for these rangers and for more rangers across the catchment areas.

 

3. Will you support the creation by us of an Aboriginal organisation which reflects our governance structure, to hold the ranger positions and oversee the Wild Rivers Rangers program for the Cooper Creek, Georgina and Diamantina rivers?

 

Yes, the Queensland Greens support the creation of an Aboriginal organisation which meets the wishes and needs of the Traditional Owners to hold ranger positions and oversee the Wild Rivers Rangers program.

 

4. Will you continue, in line with the current wild river declarations, to exclude coal seam gas and shale gas projects, along with other mining and resource extraction, from the High Preservation Areas and Special Floodplain Management areas; and strongly regulate coal seam gas and shale gas activities in the Preservation Areas? lf not, what measures will you apply to regulate and manage these industries in our wild river areas?

 

Yes, the Queensland Greens will continue to exclude coal seam gas and shale gas projects, along with other mining and resource extraction, from the High Preservation Areas and Special Floodplain Management areas; and strongly regulate coal seam gas and shale gas activities in the Preservation Areas.

 

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