Biodiversity offsets prove big business for Indigenous community

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.

ABC Radio: Woorabinda Biodiversity Offsets

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-27/woorabinda-mining-deal/6729796

 

Treasurer speaks

Minister The Honourable Curtis Pitt speaking at the launch of the project

traditional dancersTraditional dancers welcomed the visitors to the community

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The Treasurer and Councillors inspecting some of the country

Mayor Terry Munns

Mayor of Woorabinda, Councillor Terry Munns, speaking at the launch.

Earthtrade Chair DN and DG DATSIP Clare OConnor

Director General of the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Clare O’Connor, with Earthtrade Chairman David Nilon

DN and AK media

Earthtrade’s Chairman David Nilon and Managing Director Alan Key speak with the media at the event.

DATSIP Media Release 27th August 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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