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    Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Stephen Robertson

    NRM plan for South East Queensland

    Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Stephen Robertson

    Thursday, August 27, 2009

    NRM plan for South East Queensland

    A new plan has been released to help balance South East Queensland’s environmental future with population growth and climate change.

    Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Minister Stephen Robertson said the South East Queensland Natural Resource Management Plan 2009-2031 set out targets to protect and conserve the environmental value of this region.

    “By 2031, Queensland’s population is expected to reach around four million people, an increase of more than one million people over two decades,” Mr Robertson said.

    “The pressures of such rapid growth include increased demand for infrastructure, housing, essential services and consumables.

    “Sustainable environment and natural resource management is therefore critical for the region’s long term liveability and economic prosperity.

    “To meet these challenges the South East Queensland Natural Resource Management Plan (SEQ NRM Plan) sets targets in the areas of air and atmosphere; community; nature conservation; coastal and marine; land including agricultural land and regional landscapes.

    “Implementation of the SEQ NRM Plan will help us to continue to work towards good quality water, air and soil, as well as healthy waterways, wetlands, rainforests, woodlands and coastal environments and protect the great Queensland lifestyle we currently enjoy.

    “This plan is the result of many organisations working together with the state and local Government to ensure we got the best possible result for the region.

    “I thank the non-government organisations, traditional owners and natural resource management groups who worked with us through this process.

    “In total more than 1000 people were consulted in the development of the plan.”

    Copies of the plan can be downloaded from www.derm.qld.gov.au and additional copies can be obtained by emailing SEQRCG@derm.qld.gov.au