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High Court boosts Queensland councils’ power to limit land clearing

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Queensland councils have won reinforced powers to control land clearing in a High Court decision that affects one-fifth of the state’s land mass, an area the size of Malaysia.

The decision is a blow to the development industry and farming lobby, which had warned it would expose landholders, including “mum and dad” property owners, to massive fines for clearing activities they have historically carried out as a matter of course.




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