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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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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 Environment Committee for review. The outcome of the review is to be delivered on 30…

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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 Coastal Protection and Management Act 1995. The Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning (DILGP)…

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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 February 2016, replacing the existing Redcliffe, Caboolture and Pine Rivers Planning Schemes. Under state government,…

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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’ (The Estimator). The Estimator is a great tool for use in project planning and while…

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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 to assess proposals referred after 10 August 2015. In summary, outcome-based conditions are a new…

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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 a 0.8 metre sea level rise scenario is now reflected by erosion prone area and…

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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 a project is broad as they are contemplated under a range of legislation including Environmental…

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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 guidelines supersede the Draft Referral Guidelines that were in operation up to late last year.…

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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 significant as they include a revised Environmental Offsets Regulation 2014 and further information as to…

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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) Regulation 2014 which are primarily concerned with the re-classification of near threatened and threat-listed flora…

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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 consists of the Environmental Offsets Act 2014 (‘Offsets Act’), the Environmental Offsets Regulation 2014and the…

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