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Community seminars: Qld Planning Laws

23 August, 2016

Join EDO Qld throughout August 2016 as we explore planning law reforms and important upcoming consultation opportunities, at the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Toowoomba and Sunshine Coast.

EDO Qld, in collaboration with Queensland’s Department of Planning, is hosting a series of free community seminars across South East Queensland in August about new planning legislation.

You might recall that Parliament passed the Planning Bills back in May 2016? At the time, EDO Qld pointed out that while the amended Planning Bills showed some improvements to public participation, transparency and accountability, overall they did not strengthen environmental protection.

With the reforms set to come into play in late 2017, and at a time we’re seeing major damage caused by the loss of habitats for koalas and other native flora and fauna, this is your chance to find out what the reforms mean to you and your environment.

At these community LawJams, you can expect a conversation between:

  • The Department of Planning who will outline the new planning legislation and supporting instruments;
  • EDO Qld who will talk about what the reforms mean for community and environment; and
  • You! Ask the experts about the planning framework and raise any issues you have relating to the reforms in your local community.

If you have an issue you would like to see addressed at this seminar, you can nominate it ahead of time in the comments section of your RSVP.

The LawJams will be held at:

  • Gold Coast: 6-7.30pm Monday 15 August at Robina Community Centre

EDO Qld presentation - video

Department of Planning presentation - video

To watch these videos, you will need to register once if you have never done so before, but only once. If you have questions prompted by the videos, click on the speech bubble at the bottom of the screen to send your questions to the Department

EDO Qld presentation - slides only

Department of Planning presentation - slides only

  • Toowoomba: 6-7.30pm Monday 22 August at Toowoomba Library

EDO Qld presentation

Department of Planning presentation

  • Brisbane: 6-7.30pm Tuesday 23 August at Cliftons Brisbane

EDO Qld presentation

Department of Planning presentation

  • Sunshine Coast: 6-7.30pm Tuesday 30 August at Mike Ahern Government Service Centre


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