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South East Queensland Koala Conservation Strategy and Additional Koala Regulatory Mapping Now In Effect

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The Queensland Government released the South East Queensland Koala Conservation Strategy 2020-2025 (Koala Strategy) on 29 August 2020. The Koala Strategy supersedes the Draft South East Queensland Conservation Strategy 2019-2024…

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New Tools and Information for Project Planning in relation to EPBC Act

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The Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) has released a series of resources intended to inform the community of Australia’s national environmental law (Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation…

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New Koala Regulation For South East Queensland Now In Effect

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The Nature Conservation and Other Legislation (Koala Protection) Amendment Regulation commenced on 7 February 2020 and amends the Environmental Offsets Regulation 2014, Planning Regulation 2017, Nature Conservation (Koala) Conservation Plan…

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Draft South East Queensland Koala Conservation Strategy and Draft Koala Habitat Mapping Released for Consultation

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The Queensland Government has released the Draft South East Queensland Koala Conservation Strategy 2019-2024 (‘the strategy’) and associated draft koala habitat mapping for public consultation. The strategy document outlines measures…

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Major Amendment to Brisbane City Plan – Biodiversity Provisions now in effect

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Citywide update – Major Amendment Package B – Biodiversity and associated consequential amendments to the balance of the City Plan Brisbane City Council (v17.00/2019) came into effect on 29 November…

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Changes to the EPBC Act referral process

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On 28 August 2019 I attended the EPBC Act review consultation workshop with the Department of the Environment and Energy (the Department). I participated as a representative of the Environment…

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Queensland Environmental Offsets review – Open for Feedback

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The Queensland Government is undertaking an extensive review of the Environmental Offsets Framework with the aim to increase efficiency of offset delivery in moving forward. The review will focus on…

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New Vegetation Management Regulation for Queensland

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The Vegetation Management and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 was introduced to the Queensland Parliament yesterday (8 March 2018) and sets out to amend the Vegetation Management Act 1999, the…

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Australia’s strategy for nature 2018-2030 – Open for Feedback

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Environmental officials from all jurisdictions in Australian Government who make up the Biodiversity Working Group, reviewed Australia’s Biodiversity Conservation Strategy: 2010 – 2030 back in November 2017. A revised strategy…

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New Koala Plan for Queensland

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Nature Conservation (Koala) Conservation Plan 2006 and Management Program 2006-2016 (Koala Plan) will be superseded today, 1 September 2017 by the Nature Conservation (Koala) Conservation Plan 2017. The main purposes…

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Reclassification of 37 species under the Nature Conservation Act now in Effect

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Effective from 12 May 2017, the conservation status of 37 wildlife species has been reclassified under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Qld). The 37 species consist of 14 flora species…

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Updates to Queensland’s Flora Survey Guidelines – Protected Plants

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The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP) updated the Flora Survey Guidelines – Protected Plants (flora survey guidelines) in December 2016. In Queensland, all native flora species are protected…

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The Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill – Rejected by Queensland Parliament

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At the beginning of April this year, we sent out a blog regarding The Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill that was introduced to the Queensland Parliament on…

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Draft Code for Managing Thickened Vegetation – Open for Feedback

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The Queensland Government has created a draft self-assessable code for Queensland landholders to manage low risk vegetation clearing without the need for formal approval. The draft code has been created…

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Queensland’s New Biosecurity Laws

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The Biosecurity Act 2014 (the Act) came into effect on 1 July 2016. The Act consolidates Queensland’s former biosecurity legislation which consisted of many different Acts that had been developed…

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Government adds 49 Species to EPBC Act Threatened and Endangered List

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The Australian Federal Government added 49 species of flora and fauna to the EPBC Act list of threatened and endangered species, including 9 species that are now listed as critically…

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Blast from the past – Reinstatement of Ecological Regulation

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The Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 (VMROLA Bill) was introduced to the Queensland Parliament on 17 March 2016 and was subsequently referred to the Agriculture and…

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Changes to Queensland’s Coastal Management District Mapping

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The Queensland Government’s revised Coastal Management District (CMD) mapping has come into effect from the 3rd February 2016. The new mapping represents an adjustment to the area declared under the…

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New Planning Schemes for Gold Coast and Moreton Bay

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The new Gold Coast City Plan will come into full effect on 2nd February 2016 and the first Moreton Bay Regional Council Planning Scheme will come into effect today, 1st…

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Logan Environmental Offsets Estimator

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Logan City Council is blazing forward with innovative implementation of its Environmental Offsets Policy (within Policy 3 of the Logan Planning Scheme 2015) via its online ‘Environmental Offset Estimate Request’…

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