On 25 May 2015, the Queensland Government released the ‘Better Planning for Queensland’ directions paper (“the directions paper“). This paper comes after the suite of planning bills introduced by the previous government lapsed upon the calling of the state election in January 2015.
The directions paper proposes to repeal the current Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (Qld) and replace it with a new regime that consists of three separate bills: a main planning bill, a bill establishing the jurisdiction of the Planning and Environment Court, and a general bill incorporating amendments to other Acts.
Other than some references to ‘sustainability’, the directions paper does not place sufficient emphasis on environmental protection, with no reference to biodiversity or ecosystems at all.
It is essential to get involved in these early consultation stages so that your concerns are addressed and considered prior to drafting.
Submissions are due 15 October 2015, however we highly recommend you get your submission in as soon as possible to ensure your concerns are taken into consideration in the preparation of the legislation.
We would encourage all EDO supporters to make a contribution to the discussion on the proposed planning reforms. We have prepared a submission template to assist you in this process.
- Download the submission template;
- Replaced highlighted sections with your details, and add your opinions;
- Send to firstname.lastname@example.org;
- Let us know you made a submission, by emailing us at email@example.com.
For more background, please see here.