THE QUEENSLAND ENVIRONMENT
Covering approximately 1,734,157 square kilometres, Queensland is the second largest state in Australia. Its environment varies from wet tropical rainforests in the north-east to channel country in the south-west. The Great Dividing Range, running roughly north to south, acts as a watershed that separates the state into a fertile coastal plain on the eastern side and a drier less fertile interior to the west.
Biologically, Queensland is the most diverse Australian state. Based on vegetation types and landforms, the state can be divided into 19 terrestrial (mainland) and 14 marine (coastal) biogeographic regions, which provide a framework for conservation planning. Some of the terrestrial regions are shared with other states and territories.
Queensland has approximately 1,000 offshore islands including the world's largest sand island, Fraser Island. The landscape and wildlife of many offshore islands are conserved as national parks. Much of Moreton, Bribie, Fraser, the Whitsunday, Magnetic, Hinchinbrook, Green and Lizard Islands are protected in this way.
Studies by the ABS and other organisations explore many environmental issues that affect Queensland including: salinity, land management, protection of the Great Barrier Reef, water usage and people's environmental views and practices.
The articles listed below provide detailed information about the environment. Also listed are links to ABS environment publications and links to other agencies.
WEB ARTICLES ABOUT THE QUEENSLAND ENVIRONMENT
Year Book Australia, 1990 Special Article - The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park - Conservation and Management in the Marine Environment
Main features of ABS publications:-
4602.0 - Environmental Issues: People's Views and Practices
4603.0 - Environment Protection Expenditure, Australia
4604.0 - Energy and greenhouse gas emissions accounts, Australia
4605.0 - Australian Transport and the Environment
4607.0 - Fish Account, Australia
4608.0 - Mineral Account, Australia
4610.0 - Water Account for Australia 1993-94 to 1996-97
4611.0 - Environment Expenditure, Local Government, Australia
4613.0 - Australia's Environment: Issues and Trends
4615.0 - Salinity on Australian Farms
Other ABS environmental articles:
ABS Environment Theme Page
National Land and Water Resources Audit The National Land and Water Resources Audit is a partnership between all States, Territories and the Commonwealth, sharing and exchanging information and data on a vast array of topics. It was set up in 1997 to improve land, water and vegetation management by providing better information to resource managers.
Australia State of the Environment Report 2001 - Home Page on the Environment Australia website.
This is the second independent and comprehensive national report on Australia's environment and heritage. It has been prepared by the Australian State of the Environment Committee. This site contains the entire contents of the Australia State of the Environment 2001 Report and the seven supporting theme reports that provide the background information.
Environmental Protection Agency
Natural Resources and Mines
Department of Primary Industries
National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality
Australia's National Dryland Salinity Program.
Researchers and users of data are also encouraged to refer to relevant topics relating to ABS Statistical concepts and classifications within the Methods, Classifications, Concepts and Standards and for reference material on ABS statistical collections, the Directory of Statistical Sources.