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BREC REPORT

Brisbane City Council - Major Party Ratings on environmental performance and policy 2000-2004.

 

The Brisbane City Council (Labor) continues to be one of the better councils in SEQ on environmental protection and repair despite a patchy or poor record in a number of areas.

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The Brisbane Liberal Party(BLP) failed to have coherent environment policies to address the wide range of issues that confront Brisbane City.

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Broad Environmental Issue

Labour

Liberal

Bushland Issues

***

**

Waterway Issues

***

**

Wetlands

**

*

Toxics/Waste Issues

**

*

Air Quality/Transport

***

**

Regional Issues

***

*

Public Involvement

***

**

Transparency

**

**

* V Poor

** Poor

*** Can do Better

**** Good

***** Excellent

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Brisbane City Council Administration -Labor Party

Environmental Report Card 2000 - 2004

The Brisbane City Council continues to be one of the better councils in SEQ on environmental protection and repair despite a patchy or poor record in a number of areas.

The BCC strengthened the Natural Assets Local Law covering vegetation but still left some native vegetation unprotected. However this has not been followed up by releasing better vegetation and wetlands mapping. The BCC supports the SEQ Nature Conservation Strategy but has not yet made commitments to its implementation. The systematic assessment and protection, including recovery plans, of fauna populations is absent. Availability of BCCs critical environmental research is poor. Voluntary conservation programs such as VCA's and Land For Wildlife programs while commendable need more resources to get the full benefits. BCC has expanded the Habitat Brisbane revegetation and restoration program. Minimum subdivision sizes have been raised from 4ha to 10ha in some rural areas to try and protect environmental values. Up to date mapping of nature conservation values, wetlands and regional ecosystems and thier accompaning management plans remain a priority. Its performance on overall wetlands protection and management, outside reserves, is poor. The BCC has failed to realise that small bushland remnants do form a vital part of any strategic nature conservation protection plans. BCC has failed to protect small local bushland areas.

The BCC has continued to slowly advance on issues regarding air and water pollution. The BCC has continued to reduce nutrient outputs from sewage plants.The BCC has yet to tackle issues of non-bacterial pathogens and pharmacuetical byproducts in wastewater. The catchment planning system and public involvement in city wide catchment planning is supported but BCC appears to have slowed on catchment management studies. The BCC has dodged hard issues on floodplain management and restoration. On energy conservation the energy efficiency measures have been incorporated into building codes and they have also done internal energy audits. The BCC support for the Healthy Waterways Partnership is to its credit. It remains the only State or Local Authority to regularly issue State of The Environment Reports although the latest report is overdue.

Public involvement and participation in council affairs has shrunk in some areas and grown in others. The BCC is still suspicious and manipulative of public involvement. The BCC has supported stronger regional planning through the SEQ2021 process but failed to take a greater public role in advocating a stronger regional greenspace system.

BCC like the State Government is still hoping to build its way out of traffic problems which won't fully address the underlying issues. BCC is reluctant to admit to the negative environmental impacts of busways and "green" bridges. The BCC has just released a new air quality strategy which starts to address cumulative pollution impacts but it needs a similar public involvement strategy and research program to the SEQ Water Quality Strategy.

The BCC needs to be far more open and accountable in its waste management systems and waste tracking. Trade and hazardous waste minimisation is progressing but needs more priority. Promotion of recycling or reuse of waste products is occurring with biosolids and waste water but still in the absence of transparent environmental impacts assessments. The BCC has an environmental levy to fix up old contaminated sites but there is little public disclosure of how the funds are spent or priorities are allocated.

See also Appendix One BREC Summary of current environmental issues up to Feb 2004

Brisbane City Council - Labor Party Overall Ratings

* V Poor ** Poor *** Can do Better

**** Good ***** Excellent

Labor Party Brisbane

Rating

Bushland Issues

***

Waterway Issues

***

Wetlands

**

Toxics/Waste Issues

**

Air Quality/Transport

***

Regional Issues

***

Public Involvement

***

Transparency

**


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Brisbane City Council - Liberal Party -

Environmental Report Card 2000 - 2004

The Brisbane Liberal Party(BLP) failed to have coherent environment policies to address the wide range of issues that confront Brisbane City.

The BLP has failed to articulate any urban fauna strategy especially for icon species such as Koalas and Squirrel gliders. It is unclear if the BLP still supports expanded Voluntary conservation programs such as VCA'a and Land For Wildlife programs. The BLP opposed the increase in minimum subdivision sizes from 4ha to 10ha in some rural areas to try and protect environmental values . The BLP has no policy on mapping of nature conservation values, wetlands and regional ecosystems. The BLP is silent on the improved controls of vegetation clearing. Its policy on wetlands protection and management, outside reserves, is absent. The BLP has failed to detail any coherent Nature Conservation Strategy for the city

The BLP has failed to detail policy or proposals to deal with pollution regulation and other responsibilities under the Environmental Protection Act. The BLP supports but doesn't have a detailed policy on energy conservation or energy efficiency measures. The BLP has been silent on global warming policies. The BLP supports catchment planning and public involvement in catchment planning but little detailed understanding is reflected in its policies. The BLP has failed to assert its support for the Healthy Waterways Partnership and the SEQ Water Quality Strategy. The BLP has advocated a wastewater strategy that fails to acknowledge the clear risks involved in urban wastewater reuse. The BLP has made no commitment to continue regularly issuing State of The Environment Reports.

The BLP support and policies for Public involvement and participation in council affairs is unclear although they have supported some greater involvement in local planning. The BLP has been suspicious and manipulative of public involvement in local environmental issues. Some BLP councillors have been active in bushland protection issues.The BLP has failed to articulate any policy in relation to the SEQ2021 process.

The BLP are still hoping to build their way out of traffic problems, with some lurid proposals, which wont work to address underlying issues. The BLP has supported some initiatives on Air Quality but has failed to detail its policies.

The BLP has failed to acknowledge the threats from unconstrained tourism and developments in Moreton Bay, Moreton Island and the Brisbane R Delta.

The BLP has failed to outline a general or hazardous waste management policy. Trade and hazardous waste minimisation needs more priority. The BLP has failed to publicly support the environmental levy to fix up old contaminated sites.

Brisbane City Council - Liberal Party Overall Ratings

* V Poor ** Poor *** Can do Better

**** Good ***** Excellent

Liberal Party Brisbane

Rating

Bushland Issues

**

Waterway Issues

**

Wetlands

*

Toxics/Waste Issues

*

Air Quality/Transport

**

Regional Issues

*

Public Involvement

**

Transparency

**


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