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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 it to a project. As many of you will be aware the Queensland Government’s protected…

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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 throughout Queensland. Our Ecological Planning Reform Quick Guide is a targeted review of selected ecological…

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

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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 over many properties. Further, provisions to allow for the creation of self-assessable codes for routine…

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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 life processes. Biodiversity is basically the diversity of life and their interactions. Unfortunately, the reality…

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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 communities has been the standard approach aimed at providing residents with areas to undertake passive…

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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 the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) on 2 May 2012. Shortly…

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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 utilised by conservationists to control foreign species can be detrimental to the effort overall, and…

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