Law Reform · Nature & the Reef

Plans to cut scrutiny for major projects

23 November, 2014

The Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt is considering a reduction of environmental assessments for major projects in Queensland that impact on matters of national environmental significance.  

The proposed change would mean that the Queensland Government could scale back the amount of public information on the environmental effects of new major development for Coordinated Projects.

Proposed changes to the Qld Assessment Bilateral Agreement with the Commonwealth would allow a new process, an Impact Assessment Report, to assess matters of national environmental significance. However if the Commonwealth Minister approves the change, it would mean the current guarantee of a detailed assessment of the expected impacts on nationally significant issues, like World Heritage areas or threatened species, is removed.

EDO Qld has called on Minister Hunt to not remove the requirement for large developments in Queensland to undergo detailed scrutiny of their environmental impacts before the Federal Government approves them.

EDO Qld Solicitor Rana Koroglu spoke to 4ZZZ reporter Steven Riggall about the issue – listen here.

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