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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 2019. This amendment package carries the biodiversity areas overlay mapping which (until last Friday 29…

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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 Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) in my role as deputy chair of the…

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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 five key areas: Environmental outcomes Alignment with best practice How the Government measure offsets Security…

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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 Planning Act 2016, the Planning Regulation 2017 and Water Act 2000 for the purposes of…

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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 has been developed with the intention to improve its ability to drive change in biodiversity…

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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 of the Koala Plan have been revised to place emphasis on promoting the continued existence…

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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 and 23 fauna species. For the most part (32 of the 37 species), the amended…

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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 under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and all activities relating to protected plants (clearing, growing,…

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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 17 March 2016. Following Parliamentary debate on 18 August 2016 amendments under this Bill, including…

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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 with the intent to enable landholders to continue to undertake thinning activities in a way…

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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 over the last hundred years. The Act has ironed out many inconsistencies within previous legislation…

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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 endangered, in its 5 May 2016 listing event. The list of endangered species was first…

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