Although I wrote the potted history of protecting open space in south east Queensland in 2006, I doubt that much more land if any has been added to the paltry 16% in public ownership in the region nearly ten years ago. PS The 2015 figure is 17%.
PROTECTING OPEN SPACE IN SEQ
A POTTED HISTORY
Following the demise of the Regional Open Space System (ROSS), I represented the QueenslanConservation Council on the SEQ Open Space Review Committee from its inaugural meeting in 1996 and then on the Regional Landscape Strategy (RLS) Advisory Committee, until I resigned out of a sense of futility in 2000, after the State Budget yet again delivered no funding beyond the running costs of the Regional Landscape Unit (RLU). The committee was composed of landholder, farming, tourism, developer and conservation representatives plus state and local government officials.
The brief history of open space protection in SEQ can be stated thus:
Wayne Goss the ROSS backed by the premier and funded to allow land acquisition
Rob Borbidge the RLS failed attempt to kill off the RLS at birth,modest funding for RLU only
Peter Beattie the RLS … Read Complete Text