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Australia is one of the six most biodiverse countries in the world. More than 80\% of our mammals, reptiles and flowering plants are found only on this continent. .

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Australia is one of the six most biodiverse countries in the world.

More than 80% of our mammals, reptiles and flowering plants are found only on this continent.

Because of habitat destruction, land clearing, feral animals and invasive weeds we have the highest mammal extinction rate in the world.

Queensland is home to 

70% of Australia’s native mammals,

70% of our native birds,

over 50% of our native reptiles

andover 50% of our native frogs.

12 mammals are nowextinct in Queensland.

Queensland now has 226 species of mammals.

45 are threatened.

3 are critically endangered.

Herald Petrel

Ground Parrot

49 birds are threatened.3 are critically endangered.

Yellow Chat (Dawson)

36 are threatened.

Green Turtle

Bulburin Gecko

Brigalow Scaly-foot

4 are critically endangered
4 are critically endangered.

Leatherback Turtle

Hawksbill Turtle

Nangur Spiny Skink

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30 are threatened
30 are threatened.

Cascade Treefrog

Fleay’s Barred Frog

Wallum Rocketfrog

5 are critically endangered
5 are critically endangered.

Armoured Mistfrog

Kuranda Treefrog

6 frogs have been declared extinct in Queensland in the last few decades

2 species of Gastric Brooding Frogs. These were unique because they incubated their eggs in their stomachs and gave birth through their mouths.

The Mountain Mistfrog is now believed to be extinct.

the less charismatic yet just as ecologically vital threatened animals in queensland include
The less charismatic, yet just as ecologically vital threatened animals in Queensland include...
26 invertebrates

Boggomoss Snail

Lamington Spiny Crayfish

McIlwraith Freshwater Crab

Thylacine Darner

Apollo Jewell Butterfly

and 11 bony fishes.

Lake Eacham Rainbowfish

Honey Blue-eye

Murray Cod

and the amazing Lungfish

This ‘living fossil’ has been around for 200 million years and is the longest surviving vertebrate species on this planet. Will our generation be the last to see it in the wild?

why so many threatened species
Why so many threatened species?


Habitat loss due to

land clearingand land fragmentation

Queensland has the highest biodiversity in Australia.

But the least amount of protected land.

65% of Queensland is leasehold and the current government is looking for buyers.

81% of Queensland is under exploration permits for coal, oil, gas, metals and/or minerals.

Only 117,717 km², or 6.80%, of Queensland’s total area, is protected.

Queensland, Australia’s 2nd largest state, is 1,730,648 km².

Only 115,051 km², or 6.65% is in the National Reserve System.

That’s 11.14% of the NRS’s total area.

There is no land clearing limit for CSG.

1 hectare per well is currently being cleared.

There are 40,000 wells planned for Queensland.

These figures do not include the land to be cleared for roads and pipelines.

The internationally recognised RAMSAR listed wetland, 18 Mile Swamp on North Stradbroke Island is threatened by sand mining.
A new alliance has been established to give a strong voice of reason to conservation organisations concerned with the impacts of mining and other potentially harmful activities on areas of high conservation value.
The primary goal of the Alliance is to advocate the protection of high conservation value areas in Queensland and to identify activities that describe them.
PTBA activities include:

Identifying where  scientific surveys are needed on properties of high conservation value.

Lobbying to increase the participation of local NGOs in the Environmental Impact Statement decision making process.

Lobbying to increase the number of protected areas.


We will find volunteers who will give their time to survey private properties and existing or potential protected areas threatened by mining and other inappropriate use.

The purpose of these surveys is to identify new and/or threatened species and vegetation communities.

Survey criteria

A demonstrated interest by the affected landowner in preserving the conservation values of their property.

Existing protected areas, or other public lands, such as State forests that are under threat from mining.

The results of these surveys:

1) will build a scientific argument to secure permanent protection of these areas.

2) may trigger Federal involvement in the protection of remnant habitat through the application of the EPBC Act 1992.

3) will provide valuable information to landowners so they can make informed decisions about the management of remnant habitat.

Join us now to

Protect the Bush

for ourselves, future generations and the survival and wellbeing of our state’s precious unparalleled biodiversity.


Paul Donatiu - [email protected]

Rae Clark - [email protected]

Sheena Gillman - [email protected]