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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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Update on the Queensland Offsets Framework

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02 December 2014 The Queensland Environmental Offsets Framework (the ‘Framework’) came into force on 1 July 2014, enacting a new set of requirements for environmental offsetting in Queensland. The Framework broadly…

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Update on Queensland’s Protected Plants Framework

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10 September 2014 This blog provides our interpretation, at the time of writing, around what the Protected Plants Framework means to projects in Queensland and some general considerations for applying…

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New Ground Presentation Offsets Framework

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You can download a copy of Nelson Will’s presentation on the new Queensland Offsets Framework here.

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Ecological Planning Reform Quick Guide

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Recent amendments to environmental planning policy and legislation have resulted in a variety changes to the level of ecological constraint and opportunity for a variety development projects and development sites…

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Applying the Queensland Offsets Framework to your Project

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9 July 2014 The Queensland Environmental Offsets Framework (‘The Framework’) came into force on 1 July 2014, enacting a new set of requirements for environmental offsetting in Queensland. The Framework…

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Reduction of Ecological ‘Red Tape’ On the Cards

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On 20 March 2013, the Queensland Government revealed proposed amendments to vegetation management laws (via the Vegetation Management Framework Amendment Bill 2013) that will reduce the level of ecological constraint…

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Biodiversity

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Part A: Biodiversity Risk Management: Biodiversity is not a buzz word us ecologist use to sound smart, it is in fact an important factor in environmental management and our own…

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Environmental Liveability

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One key area of interest is the re-evaluation of how open space is used within cites. Historically the incorporation of predominately manicured (associated with high maintenance cost) green space within…

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New EPBC Referral Guideline for Koala

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The combined koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) populations of Queensland (Qld), New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) were listed as a vulnerable species by the Federal Government under…

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Is the Dingo the Solution to Control Invasive Species?

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A recent article at The Conversation calls for the conservation of dingoes as a way forward for biodiversity conservation in Australia. The article highlights that many of the control mechanisms…

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