The State Government says it’ll use the State Budget to demonstrate its commitment to tackling climate change, reducing plastic pollution and protecting the Great Barrier Reef.
Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch says that by funding initiatives and programs that push for positive environmental change, the Government is delivering a budget firmly focused on the future.
The 2018-19 State Budget includes funding for the important work that’s part of Queensland’s ongoing environment and conservation programs.
“$2.8 million will be allocated to projects which support a range of environmental and heritage protection activities as part of the Community Sustainability Action program.”
“Our government will also continue with its crocodile population survey, while working to educate people on being Crocwise as part of a $5.8 million crocodile management strategy.”
“Additionally, $1.89 million will help us protect environmental and Indigenous cultural heritage values state-wide – part of our $12 million Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger Program.”
“I’m also proud to announce a further $500,000 will be provided to Indigenous communities through the Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Grant program.”
“There will be $5.6 million in this coming Budget to help Queensland adapt to the impacts of a changing climate.”
“Funding will be rolled out over four years, and this work is essential as Queensland continues to tackle hotter summers, more frequent natural disasters, and devastating events like coral bleaching.
Ms Enoch says funding would also be allocated to help reduce plastic pollution in Queensland.
“A further $2 million in this Budget will go towards the implementation of the Container Refund Scheme this year, as well as the ban on single use plastic bags.
“These major plastic-reducing initiatives are not far away, with the ban on plastic bags coming into effect in less than a month, and Container Refund Scheme coming into effect in November.”
In other State Budget news, the government says car registration and a host of other state fees and charges will increase by more than inflation for the final time on July 1.
This will be the final year the government sticks to its mandatory 3.5% increase to all fees and charges.
The cost of registering a four-cylinder car will jump from $364.65 to $377.40 – including the traffic improvement fee, but not compulsory third-party insurance, A six-cylinder vehicle will jump from $545.80 to $564.90.
Motor vehicle registration is expected to make at least $1.8 billion for the State this coming financial year.
The move means Queensland will remain among the most expensive states in which to register a car.
Most other government fees and charges will also rise by 3.5 % as well this year.
The 3.5 per cent indexation rate was introduced under the former Newman government and was kept in place by the Palaszczuk Government for its first term.
Treasurer Jackie Trad yesterday confirmed the Government would keep its promise to keep future increases in line with CPI from July 2019 onwards.
The RACQ, is calling for a freeze on car rego.