Kate Jones

Protecting Our Environment

Protecting our Environment

Latest Environment News:


Investing in Renewable Energy

By 2017, two out of Australia's three largest solar power plants will be in Queensland.

By 2020, we want solar panels on one million Queensland rooftops.

By 2030, we want 50% of Queensland's energy to come from renewable sources.

Welcome to the Solar State.

Our commitment to renewable energy is delivering 1900 direct jobs and $2 billion worth of investment in regional communities as well as taking action to address Climate Change.

In the past 12 months alone, 16 large-scale renewable energy projects have been committed in Queensland.


Stopping Excessive Land Clearing

ABC News Queensland, Wednesday 22 June 2016 (hosted by WWF-Australia)

The Palaszczuk Government is taking action to protect the reef following the disappointing result of the vote on our vegetation protections laws. However, we remain 100 per cent committed and if re-elected, we will pass these important laws.

The Queensland Government has continued to implement all of the other commitments we made in the Reef 2050 plan including:

  • new ports legislation to limit port development to the four major ports
  • banning at sea disposal of capital dredge spoil
  • three new net free areas
  • restoring coastal planning and water laws. 
  • purchased Springvale Station, a property responsible for 500,000 tonnes of sediment runoff into the reef

Established a Biofuel Mandate

The establishment of a biofuel mandate will grow Queensland's biofuel and bio-manufacturing industries by encouraging the industry to invest, innovate and create jobs.

This initiative sets a minimum standard for ethanol-blended petrol and biobased diesel sales that gives motorists a cleaner choice while also boosting jobs in regional Queensland.

The ethanol component of the mandate will apply only to fuel retailers who sell more than 500,000 liters of petrol each calendar quarter or who own 10 or more sites. The mandate came into effect on 1 January 2017.


Lightweight Pastic Shopping Bag Ban

In the lead up to the Palaszczuk Government's 2018 ban on light-weight single-use plastic shopping bags, we want to hear your feedback on the best way forward.

You can read our discussion paper here.

This is a critical step as part of a long term reduction of plastic pollution in Queensland.

Light-weight plastic bags are already banned in South Australia, the Northern Territory, the Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania.


Container Refund Scheme

To keep our beaches and parks beautiful, the Queensland Government wants to reintroduce a container deposit scheme.

Our recycling rate is almost the worst in Australia at about 44%.

We need to take action and you can read our discussion paper with some proposed solutions here.

Together with the introduction of a ban on single-use plastic bags, the Palaszczuk Government is working hard on an overall plastic pollution reduction plan for Queensland.