This month EDO Qld hosted a series of free community seminars across SEQ about new planning legislation, in partnership with Queensland’s Department of Planning. In case you missed it, you can now download the video.
The filmed presentations from our Gold Coast seminar are available below:
(To watch these videos, you will need to register. 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)
The State planning instruments, including the State Planning Policy, State Development Assessment Provisions and Planning Regulation, as well as the SEQ Regional Plan, will be open for public consultation from October 2016. The Development Assessment Rules and Ministers Guidelines and Rules will also be open for comment, most likely prior to the end of 2016.
If you have any questions, you can contact your local state government planning officer (details here). You can also send your questions through to EDO Qld at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning (07)3211 4466.
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.
The new Planning Acts will come into effect in mid-2017, but the statutory supporting instruments underpinning the new framework are yet to be finalised. The supporting instruments provide essential content that directs how well community participation and environmental protections are provided for.
At a time we’re seeing major damage caused by the loss of habitats for koalas and other native flora and fauna, it is vital that we all stay engaged through the upcoming consultation periods and put in meaningful submissions to improve these important instruments.
EDO Qld will be providing information to explain the documents and to support your submissions once the instruments have been released for comment. Stay tuned to our email bulletins, website and social media!