The following was recently posted on facebook by a former employee of the Queensland Government Threatened Species Unit bringing attention to the damning report from the Government's audit office.
"A few years ago I resigned from my job in the Threatened Species Unit of the Queensland Government out of sheer frustration. I felt like I was hitting my head against a wall, and achieving very little for conservation.
Today the Queensland Audit Office have released a report into Conserving Threatened Species in our state which summarises many of the reasons that I left. In particular:
"The department has no strategy or framework for conserving or managing threatened species.
...The department does not systematically plan where to deploy its available resources to achieve the most effective balance of actions to protect habitats, mitigate threats and reduce species decline. It is not clear how much the department spends each year in total on threatened species management as it does not effectively track and account for funding used on specific activities...
"... Because it has no strategy, its (Qld Gov) efforts in managing threatened species lack purpose, direction and coordination..."
...The department’s decisions about which species receive its greatest conservation efforts are often determined by iconic value, individual interests, departmental knowledge and advocacy, rather than by objective assessments of appropriate priorities...
...Despite, managing land with over 1 000 threatened species and having a total 2017–18 budget of $111.3 million, the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) does not identify specific allocations of funding for the protection and recovery of threatened species on the land it manages."
Sadly, the main recommendation is more 'plans'.
We don't need another plan. We know that many species are in decline, but we also know - in great detail - what needs to be done.
We need the government to actually support and implement actions on the ground, to DO SOMETHING.