The Senate has passed a Greens' motion today calling on the Abbott Government to urgently provide overdue base funding to the Wet Tropics Management Authority.
Senator WATERS: I move:
That the Senate-
(i) that Queensland's Wet Tropics rainforest, which includes the iconic Daintree Rainforest, was first added to the World Heritage List 25 years ago,
(ii) That the Wet Tropics have been recently named by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as one of the top three most irreplaceable biodiversity areas on earth (of more than 100 000 protected areas worldwide), and
(iii) funding of the Wet Tropics management has been declining in real terms over the past decade, important positions on the board of the Wet Tropics Management Authority (WTMA) remain empty, and the WTMA has not yet received its base funding from the Commonwealth Government for the 2013-14 financial year; and
(b) calls on the Government to urgently progress the appointment of WTMA board members, and to deliver to WTMA the base funding needed to safeguard these outstanding biodiversity values.