The Australian Conservation Foundation has welcomed the Palaszczuk government’s restoration of Queensland’s Nature Conservation Act, which will protect national parks from inappropriate uses, including grazing.

In delivering on its commitment to restore this fundamental legislation the Palaszczuk government has restored credibility to Queensland’s protected areas, ACF’s Northern Australia Program Officer Andrew Picone said.

“National Parks are the backbone of nature conservation in Australia and these reforms strengthen their protection.

“Queensland’s national parks are integral to the future of Australia’s biodiversity, storing carbon and help to provide clean air and water.

“They also underpin Queensland’s $23 billion tourism industry and create thousands of jobs,” Mr Picone said.

“The reforms passed in the Queensland Parliament last night re-set the compass on the state’s approach to protected areas.

“Importantly, the rights and interests of Traditional Owners have been maintained and strengthened.

“These reforms to the Nature Conservation Act will help make sure national parks and other protected areas are established, maintained and passed on to future generations in good condition.”

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