Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell is looking forward to engaging with conservation groups tomorrow as part of a two-day Environmental Roundtable.
Mr Powell said he would use the event to discuss a range of issues including protection of the Great Barrier Reef, coal seam gas regulation and wildlife management.
“I think this will be a great opportunity to clarify the Government’s position on these matters, to give these groups a chance to ask questions of myself and departmental staff and get answers directly from us, rather than via misreported comments in the media,” Mr Powell said.
“This is about setting out the Newman Government’s current approach to environmental issues while also outlining the areas we want to review and the policies we want to work on in the future.”
Mr Powell said more than 30 representatives from 24 environmental associations would take part in the roundtable, which he hoped would deliver decisive outcomes for government and the wider community.
“This event is not another ‘talkfest, because we will be getting some valuable feedback and will consider the contributions of the groups involved so we can clearly outline to the people of Queensland what we want to do and how we plan to deliver it.”
EHP Director-General Andrew Chesterman said the environment roundtable would also demonstrate how the department would provide ongoing strong environmental management.
“We will discuss with the roundtable attendees how EHP’s role in the protection of the environment,” he said.