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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Nature Conservation (Koala) Conservation Plan 2006 and Management Program 2006-2016 (Koala Plan) will be superseded today, 1 September 2017 by the Nature Conservation (Koala) Conservation Plan 2017.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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EPBC Act Draft Outcome-based Conditions Policy & Guideline on Consultation

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The Australian Government has established policy and guidance on outcome-based conditions under the EPBC Act. The draft policy and guidance will be applied by decision makers under the EPBC Act…

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New Erosion Prone Areas Declared for QLD Coast

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The Queensland Government has updated coastal hazard area mapping (erosion prone areas and storm tide inundation) to include projected impacts of climate change to 2100. In short this means that…

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MSES – Do you know what lies within the confines of your boundaries?

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Matters of State Environmental Significance (MSES) are features of biodiversity interest to the Queensland Government as outlined within the State Planning Policy (SPP). The extent of relevance of MSES to…

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New EPBC Act Koala Referral Guidelines Released

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The Department of the Environment (DoE) released new Environmental Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 ‘(EPBC Act) Referral Guidelines for the Vulnerable Koala’ in late December 2014 (‘the new guideline’). The…

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Pieces of the Puzzle – Additions to the Queensland Offsets Framework

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The Queensland Government enacted amendments to the Queensland Environmental Offsets Framework (the ‘Framework’) on 19 December 2014. This made for some riveting pool-side reading over the holidays! The amendments are…

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Re-classification of Queensland Threat-listed Species

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The Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Amendment Regulation (No. 2) 2014 (‘Amendment Regulation’) was published on 12 December 2014. The Amendment Regulation presents a suite of amendments to the Nature Conservation (Wildlife)…

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