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NEW consultations & inquiries – last updated 05 August 2020

Keep an eye on: National Parks First Nations Naming Project

The QLD Government has announced that national parks will receive a new name in the traditional language of the regions first inhabitants through the National Parks First Nations Naming Project, following public consultation.
To start off, the QLD Department of Environment and Science is proposing to rename Cape Upstart National Park to Budgenerra National Park. Budgenerra is the preferred name of the Juru Native Title holders of Cape Upstart National Park.
Public comment closes on 30 September 2020 >>

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Keep an eye on: Waste Reduction and Recycling (Plastic Items) Amendment Bill 2020

The Bill proposes to amend the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 to ban the supply of single-use plastic items, starting with straws, stirrers, plates and cutlery. 
The QLD Natural Resources, Agricultural Industry Development and Environment Committee is due to table its report on 28 August 2020.
Read more >>

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Post-implementation review: Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Act 2017

The QLD Government is seeking feedback on the Terms of Reference document they have prepared in relation to a post-implementation review of the SSRC Act.
Public comment closes on 4 September 2020 >>

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Wangetti Trail

The QLD Government is seeking comment on the proposal to construct and operate the trail, which will be an ecotourism experience.When operational, the trail will include the opportunity to experience the region’s rich Aboriginal cultural history while taking in the stunning coastal and hinterland scenery of the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics and Great Barrier Reef.
Public comment closes on 11 September 2020 >>


Existing consultations & inquiries – last updated 05 August 2020

UPDATE | Environmental Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020

The Bill proposes to establish the statutory appointment of a Rehabilitation Commissioner and improve the residual risk framework to better manage risks on sites after an environmental authority for a resource activity has been surrendered.
The QLD Natural Resources, Agricultural Industry Development and Environment Committee tabled its report on 3 August 2020.
Read it here >>

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Keep an eye on: Nature Conservation and Other Legislation (Indigenous Joint Management – Moreton Island) Amendment Bill 2020

The Bill proposes to facilitate the joint management of protected areas on Moreton Island between the State and Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation by amending the Aboriginal Land Act 1991, the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and the Recreation Areas Management Act 2006.

The QLD State Development, Tourism, Innovation and Manufacturing Committee is due to table its report on 28 August 2020.
Read more >>

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Queensland proposes concerning planning ‘stimulus measures’

The Queensland Government has released proposed amendments to the states planning laws, badged as a response to the COVID-19 crisis. These amendments are now open to public consultation.

The proposed changes include:

  • Changes to the assessment requirements for Infrastructure Designations.
  • Changes to public notification requirements for development applications.
  • Reduction in, or removal of, approval requirements in certain cases.

See the EDO submission on this here >>

These changes have been badged by the government as part of Queensland’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. However, while some of the changes are temporary in nature, other changes do not have an apparent sunset date and would need to be reversed through further amendments. This creates the risk that there will be a permanent reduction in some protections for the community and the environment.

Numerous reforms have been made to planning laws in Queensland since the pandemic was announced and lockdown commenced in Queensland. You can find a review of these changes provided by EDO for each Australian jurisdiction here. EDO also provided a set of 5 principles to guide economic stimulus decision making for good governance in the public interest through this period.  

Submissions are due on Friday 7 August 2020. See here for details on how to make a submission.  

Submissions should be provided via:  

  • Email[email protected]; or 
  • Post:  Planning Group, Queensland Treasury, GPO Box 611, Brisbane QLD 4001 

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Warrego Highway – Mount Crosby Road Interchange Upgrade

The QLD Department of Transport and Main Roads is seeking feedback on a proposal to upgrade the Warrego Highway–Mount Crosby Road interchange.
Public comment closes on 9 August 2020 >>

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Currawinya National Park Draft Management Plan

The Queensland Government is seeking feedback on the draft Currawinya National Park Draft Management Plan that the Budjiti People and the Department of Environment and Science have prepared.
Public comment closes 11 August 2020 >>

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Manly Boat Harbour Community Engagement

The QLD Department of Transport and Main Roads is seeking comment (via survey) on the community value of the Manly Boat Harbour, how the community currently uses the harbour and ideas about how they could use it in the future.
Public comment closes on 14 August 2020 >>

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Draft End of Waste (EOW) code

The Queensland Department of Environment and Science is seeking feedback on the draft EOW for ferrous chloride.
Public comment closes on 17 August 2020 >>


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