Initiatives

Coal seam gas and agricultural land

Member Dr David George presented at a significant community event at “Glendon”, Nangwee, Queensland 4407 on 26 August. He has supplied the attached Executive Summary of the discussion. The paper concludes by calling for federal intervention to protect good quality […]

Rangelands Consultative Council

On 31 October 2019, the three co-organisers of the Rangelands Policy Dialogue on 1,2 July re-committed to establishing a Rangelands Consultative Council to engage in consultations with stakeholders of all kinds and to conduct extensive policy analysis. A new webpage […]

Rangelands Policy Dialogue: After drought and debt, what next?

Rangelands Policy Dialogue: After drought and debt, what next? Introduction An interactive workshop in Brisbane on 1,2 July 2019 brought together people with knowledge of rural and regional Queensland to craft a strategy that can lead the pastoral industry to […]

Background reading on stewardship

Background reading This section is reserved for authoritative reports and other resources relevant to the management of Queensland’s pastoral zone – the unimproved inland pastures, also called “rangelands”. National Stewardship of Country webinars, Feb.-March 2021 In February/March 2021, the Royal […]

Stewardship of Queensland’s pastoral zone

Stewardship of Queensland’s pastoral zone What is the duty of care expected of  pastoralists in Queensland’s rangelands and who defines it? To reduce the flow of sediment to the Great Barrier Reef, is tougher regulation – the stick approach – […]

Rural Policy for Queensland

Rural Policy for Queensland In the wake of a crushing drought, the Society, AgForce representing broadacre agriculture and NRM Regions Queensland representing the 12 regional catchment bodies have formed a collaboration to bring into focus the challenges facing the pastoral […]

Biodiversity

Biodiversity in Queensland Egypt Convention Dr Anne-Marie Smith represented the Society as a delegate to the international Convention 14 of the Parties on Biological Diversity held in Egypt in November 2018 on the theme: “Investing in biodiversity for people and […]

Stewardship incentives – commentary and critiques

STEWARDSHIP COMMENTARY This page is reserved for responses triggered by the June 2018 discussion paper From Red to Green to Black. Drought preparedness requires action on two fronts Drought is both natural and man-made. Used loosely in public policy, the […]

Infrastructure

Community Infrastructure Forum: Not just concrete & cranes Location: Kindler Theatre, Queensland University of Technology. 8.30am-1.00pm, 24 June 2015 Program Rationale for the event and Preliminary program as advertised. Also see Flyer as advertised.  Also see Dr Geoff Edwards’ explanation of the background to the event. […]

Electricity: Inexpensive, Reliable and Clean

Electricity:  Inexpensive, Reliable and Clean Can the current national model of electricity supply based on competitive markets adequately transition Queensland to a new but as yet unknown future? Many elements of Queensland’s energy regime have changed since the Electricity Act […]

Queensland Policy Network

QUEENSLAND POLICY NETWORK This page is to facilitate dialogue between those actively involved in public policy-making in Queensland, comprising Queensland’s policy community: policy officers parliamentarians and their advisers scientists and other experts peak bodies and think tanks community groups like […]

Carbon stocks and flows

Carbon stocks and flows This page presents the insights of member and former grazier Alan Lauder into the functions of carbon in a pastoral landscape and the dynamics of its interactions with other elements of the production system. Over time […]

Mine remediation

Mine remediation The Royal Society of Queensland has no formal policy on mine rehabilitation. Events Hackathon On 20 April 2017 expert members of the Society participated in a ‘hackathon’ at the Sustainability Minerals Institute, University of Queensland, co-hosted by the […]

Research

The Royal Society of Queensland Research Fund Round 7, 2023 – The David Marlow Prize for a writing on “Given climate change, how can Queensland’s planning systems be rendered fit for purpose?” Submissions for this prize of $1000 closed on […]

Initiatives

INITIATIVES From time to time the Society gives focused attention to specific issues of contemporary policy or scientific importance. Our latest initiatives are featured below. Most of these pages are at an early stage of development.

QUEENSLAND SCIENCE NETWORK

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QUEENSLAND POLICY NETWORK

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RESEARCH FUND – sponsoring curiosity-led projects

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RURAL POLICY FOR QUEENSLAND

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STEWARDSHIP INCENTIVES FOR QUEENSLAND’S PASTORAL ZONE

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PREVENTATIVE HEALTH

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ELECTRICITY: A new regime for Queensland?

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MINE REHABILITATION

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CLIMATE POLICY

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INFRASTRUCTURE: NOT JUST CONCRETE AND CRANES

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INNOVATION – its value, its preconditions

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TAXONOMY

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BIODIVERSITY

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EDUCATION IN STEM
(SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS)

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The Royal Society of Queensland is keen to promote high quality education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In this quest, we are collaborating with the Chief Scientist of Queensland and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).

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Green Vouchers

Society member Dr Philippa England has drafted a proposal for a green voucher scheme that would overcome the heavy transaction costs of the market-based carbon trading schemes. Dr England presented her proposal at the Society’s AGM on 9 December 2021. […]

Community Infrastructure Forum: Not just concrete & cranes

Speaker: Various Location: Kindler Theatre, Queensland University of Technology. 8.30am-1.00pm Program Rationale for the event and Preliminary program as advertised. Also see Flyer as advertised.  Also see Geoff Edwards’ explanation of the background to the event. Speaker bios and Program as delivered. Speaker presentations Summary:  Summary of the presentations. […]