Law Reform · Nature & the Reef

Land clearing in Reef catchments up by 46%

08 August, 2016

EDO Qld urges Queensland Parliament to pass the Vegetation Management Bill 2016 to ensure vegetation, animals and ecosystem are adequately protected.

The 2014-2015 Statewide Land Cover and Tree Study (SLATS), released 07 August 2016, found 296,000 hectares were cleared across Queensland last year. The report also revealed the rate of clearing in the Great Barrier Reef catchments had increased by 46 per cent since 2011-2012.

The Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 (VMROLA Bill) in its current form will need the support of all three independents to pass.

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The self-assessable codes, which allow clearing without a permit under the Vegetation Management Act 1999 (Qld), are a key means by which significant clearing has been undertaken in Queensland since their introduction in 2013. These codes are currently under review by the Queensland Government. Consultation on the new proposed code for thinning activities has just closed.

Stay tuned to EDO Qld’s alerts and social media for opportunities to provide comment on each code as the proposed new draft codes are up for review.

Environmental Defenders Office Queensland (EDO Qld) gives a strong legal voice to the environment when needed most.