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Queensland Hydro moves to kill platypus and destroy a natural wonder

Queensland Hydro plans to use large sections of rainforest and farming land for their pumped hydro project and seem to be unfazed by the idea of killing platypus and destroying their habitat.


Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Queensland Minister for Energy Mick de Brenni will have platypus blood on their hands. The Queensland government announced the Pioneer-Burdekin Pumped Hydro project before doing any community consultation or proper research into how it would impact the local environment.


Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announces worlds biggest hydro in pristine platypus habitat
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announces worlds biggest hydro in pristine platypus habitat

This whole situation stinks of a desperate premier who has scrambled to put together a green energy plan after decades of ignoring scientists and climate change activists. It's a disgusting big-budget headline-slinging quick-fix that the premier and her BFF's have put together in a last ditch effort to make themselves look good.


How can you announce a project is going ahead before doing any type of research or consultation? It's clear Annastacia doesn't care about the environment at all and she needs to stop pretending that she does. Annastacia either doesn't know that the project will kill platypus, which is something she should know before giving the project the green light, or Annastacia doesn't care that the project will kill platypus.


Annastacia bangs on about how good the project will be, saying things like "battery of the north", yet she obviously has no idea about the environment in the Pioneer Valley and Eungella area. Pretty much every river, or creek, or dam in the Eungella region has platypus in it. Mick de Brenni has no idea either about the platypus in the region and he still thinks that there aren't any platypus in the areas where the reservoirs are planned to go.



Excerpt from a The Courier Mail article where Energy Minister Mick de Brenni refuses to acknowledge platypus exist in the potential impacted areas of the proposed Pioneer-Burdekin Pumped Hydro Project
Excerpt from a The Courier Mail article where Energy Minister Mick de Brenni refuses to acknowledge platypus exist in the potential impacted areas of the proposed Pioneer-Burdekin Pumped Hydro Project

Residents and landowners impacted by the proposed Pioneer-Burdekin Pumped Hydro Project are calling for help to stop the project from killing platypus and destroying a unique and pristine natural environment.

Despite being protected under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act and the Queensland Nature Conservation Act, the habitat of over 20 different threatened, endangered, and vulnerable species that are endemic to the Eungella area is likely to be impacted by the pumped hydro project.

It doesn’t really make it green energy if rare and endangered plants and animals are killed to make it. There’s got to be a better alternative…a better way.


We need people to sign the petition. We need to put a stop to this ridiculous pumped hydro plan. We need to save countless platypus from being killed. We need to preserve one of the few remaining natural and beautiful rainforests in Queensland, not destroy it.

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