This is a guest post by Alan Key from Australian consultancy Earthtrade. This comment is the expression of the author’s thoughts and experiences and such is acknowledged as a fruitful contribution to the discussion on biodiversity offsets. If you want to react or clarify your own position (underpin or disprove Alan’s reasoning), please leave a reply below! This post has originally been published by Earthtrade.
Earthtrade, and our clients Cockatoo Coal, BHP Billiton Mitsui and BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance are proud to be partnering with Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council in the provision of 547ha of biodiversity offset areas on Woorabinda lands of Central Queensland. This signature project was launched on 26 August 2015 at Woorabinda by the Queensland Treasurer, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP) The Honourable Curtis Pitt. The project has been universally lauded for its innovative approach, and in its provision of economic and development opportunities for the Woorabinda community (see DATSIP press release below).
Earthtrade’s Chairman David Nilon said this was a pioneering approach to biodiversity offsets that would provide for the protection of species that rely on the Brigalow Belt’s ecology, that includes the ornamental snake, the vulnerable squatter pigeon, vulnerable long-eared bat, endangered solanum species of plant and Brigalow ecological community.
“This project demonstrates that not only are environmental outcomes possible, but that triple bottom line impacts of economic, social and environmental outcomes are entirely achievable,” said Mr Nilon.
Photos of the project launch
Minister The Honourable Curtis Pitt speaking at the launch of the project
The Treasurer and Councillors inspecting some of the country
Mayor of Woorabinda, Councillor Terry Munns, speaking at the launch.
Director General of the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Clare O’Connor, with Earthtrade Chairman David Nilon
Earthtrade’s Chairman David Nilon and Managing Director Alan Key speak with the media at the event.