In September 2013, the State Government introduced changes to the Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Qld) to increase commercial and recreational use of national parks. They reduced the categories of ‘protected areas’ which was a distinct move away from internationally renowned IUCN categories of protected areas.
The proposal for a ‘one stop shop’ for environmental approvals threatens biodiversity protection across Australia. Handing Commonwealth power to the States would endanger some of our most sensitive natural areas.
Accredited Queensland planning laws are used to assess actions that may impact on Matters of National Environmental Significance (MNES) under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) (EPBC), such as World Heritage, Ramsar listed wetlands and nationally listed threatened species and ecological communities.
On 28 November 2013 Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney replied to EDO Qld and disagreed with us on the need for release of a public discussion paper on the major proposed reforms of Queensland’s planning legislation.
Queensland Law ReformThe Queensland Government has released their draft State Planning Policy for public comment until the 12th of June. The single policy is intended to replace all existing policies. The draft SPP identifies the state's interests in planning and development and how these are to be dealt with in planning instruments, council development assessment processes and in designating land for community infrastructure. A copy of the draft SPP and details on how to provide feedback is located at...........
The laws that brought an end to the clearing and devastation of Queensland’s endangered regrowth forests, bushland and riverine vegetation are being torn up in proposed changes to the Vegetation Management Act.