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    Nature Conservation Amendment and Repeal Regulation.DOC

    The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection has reviewed the protected plants legislative framework in Queensland. As a result of the review, the department has prepared new legislation governing protected plants in Queensland, with provisions primarily consolidated within the Nature Conservation (Wildlife Management) Regulation 2006, rather than being spread across multiple legislative instruments as was formerly the case. The new legislation adopts a risk-based approach that will reduce unnecessary regulatory burden and achieve significant cost savings for business and government, while improving biodiversity outcomes. Key aspects of the new legislative framework include: Regulation of clearing will be focussed on threatened and near threatened plant species while clearing of least concern species will generally be able to occur without the requirement of a permit. A number of clearing exemptions will also be available, covering certain activities. Flora surveys to locate threatened and near
    http://www.cabinet.qld.gov.au/documents/2014/mar/nature con reg/nature conservation amendment and repeal regulation.doc - 36 KB

    Contaminated Land Technical Services Regulatory Impact Statement.DOC

    A Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) has been prepared to assess the costs and benefits of options for the provision of technical expertise in contaminated land matters to inform regulatory decision making under the Environmental Protection Act 1994. The RIS includes the option to require the certification of contaminated land reports by an approved auditor prior to submission to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection as evidence that any contamination has been suitably managed or remediated so that the land is suitable for its intended use. The objectives of this proposal are to ensure the environmental and public health risks of contaminated land continue to be effectively and appropriately managed, and to modernise and improve the assessment and approval pathway for contaminated land management. The proposal will provide a more streamlined approval process, reduced assessment timeframes, and a more agile service responsive to the fluctuations in market demand for technical as
    http://www.cabinet.qld.gov.au/documents/2014/apr/techservconland ris/contaminated land technical services regulatory impact statement.doc - 36 KB

    Nature Conservation Protected Plants Amendment Bill 2013.DOC

    The Nature Conservation (Protected Plants) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 amends the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and the Vegetation Management Act 1999. The Bill includes provisions to enable a reduction in unnecessary administrative and regulatory burden associated with the protected plants legislative framework and to streamline assessment processes whilst maintaining protection of threatened plants. An extensive consultation process has informed the regulatory approach established by the amendments. The reforms will reduce administrative costs to both government and business. The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection will continue to work with stakeholders to support implementation of the reforms. Cabinet approved the Nature Conservation (Protected Plants) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 be introduced into the Legislative Assembly. Cabinet approved the Decision Regulatory Impact Statement be published online. Attachments Nature Conservation (Protected Plants) and
    http://www.cabinet.qld.gov.au/documents/2013/may/nature cons plants bill/nature conservation protected plants amendment bill 2013.doc - 37 KB

    Land, Water and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013.DOC

    The Land, Water and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 amends the Water Act 2000 to implement recommendations relating to levees from the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry’s Final Report. The Bill provides the legislative framework for a consistent approach to regulate the construction of new levees and modification of existing levees. The Bill also amends a number of Acts within the natural resources and mining portfolio which will streamline various operational land, water and petroleum provisions as well as realise a number of administrative and operational efficiencies for both government and stakeholders. The Bill supports the government’s commitment to reduce red tape. Some of the amendments in the Bill include: streamlining a number of tenure related issues on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lands shortening the acquisition process in the Acquisition of Land Act 1967 where the parties agree and where native title interests are not involved allowing a short term extension of a lea
    http://www.cabinet.qld.gov.au/documents/2013/mar/land water bill/land, water and other legislation amendment bill 2013.doc - 36 KB

    Reef Water Plan.doc

    The Reef Water Quality Protection Plan (Reef Plan), first established in 2003, seeks to ensure runoff of from broadscale agriculture has no detrimental impact on the health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef by 2020. Reef Plan 2013 has been developed in close consultation with industry, regional natural resource management organisations, water quality scientists and conservations groups to set the direction for actions to be taken over the next five years. Queensland Government has publicly committed to maintaining the current level of funding ($35 million a year) into reef water quality initiatives. It is actively working with industry to develop and roll out industry led best management practice programs that will help improve water quality. Cabinet endorsed the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan 2013 which sets out the key initiatives to be delivered jointly with the Australian Government over the next five years to improve water quality flowing to the Great Barrier Reef from broadscale agricul
    http://www.cabinet.qld.gov.au/documents/2013/jun/reef water qual plan/reef water plan.doc - 32 KB

    Response Land Protection Legislation Flying fox Control Bill 2012.doc

    The Member for Dalrymple, Mr Shane Knuth MP, introduced the Land Protection Legislation (Flying-fox Control) Amendment Bill 2012 as a Private Member’s Bill on 21 June 2012. The Bill amends the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002 and the Nature Conservation Act 1992 to control the health risks posed by flying-foxes. The policy intent of these amendments is to empower a landowner to destroy, disturb or drive away a flying-fox or to destroy or disturb a flying-fox roost if the landowner 'reasonably believes' that it is necessary to reduce the risk of disease of harm to a resident or stock. The Bill would also empower the Minister of Environment and Heritage Protection to direct a local government to take these actions under certain conditions. Cabinet decided to oppose the Land Protection Legislation (Flying-fox Control) Amendment Bill 2012. Cabinet noted that the recommendations of the Agriculture, Resources and Environment Committee’s report would be considered as part of the Depart
    http://www.cabinet.qld.gov.au/documents/2013/feb/flyfox bill/response land protection legislation flying fox control bill 2012.doc - 35 KB

    Environmental Protection and Other Leg Amendment Regulation No1 2013.doc

    The Environmental Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Regulation (No. 1) 2013 (the Amendment Regulation) amends the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008, to give effect to the provisions of the Environmental Protection (Greentape Reduction) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2012 (the Greentape Reduction Act), passed by Parliament on 31 July 2012. The Amendment Regulation includes provision to delete 20 Environmentally Relevant Activities (ERA) thresholds benefitting over 9420 small business operators who will no longer be required to hold an environmental approval. An extensive consultation process has informed which ERA thresholds were suitable for deletion. These changes will save small business an estimated $6.18 million in annual fees, further contributing to the Government’s policy to reduce regulation and red tape by 20 percent. The Amendment Regulation will reduce fees for small sewage treatment plants by half, saving 214 operators $0.34 million in fees per year. This amendment wil
    http://www.cabinet.qld.gov.au/documents/2013/feb/environ protection amend reg/environmental protection and other leg amendment regulation no1 2013.doc - 45 KB

    Nature Conservation Amendment Bill 2013.DOC

    The Queensland Government is committed to improving access to national parks and other public lands, while ensuring that the protected area estate is managed in a manner appropriate to the values that it contains. The Nature Conservation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill (No.2) 2013 is the result of the second stage of the review of the Nature Conservation Act 1992, aimed at delivering on key government commitments, while continuing a focus on red tape reduction. This Bill proposes a range of legislative reforms in order to provide a more consistent and effective framework for managing Queensland’s parks and forests. Specifically, the Bill amends the Nature Conservation Act 1992 to:  reform the protected area management framework, including broadening the object of the Act, reducing the number of tenures and revising associated management principles in order to simplify the Act and enable increased access to protected areas.  streamline current management planning processes for protected are
    http://www.cabinet.qld.gov.au/documents/2013/aug/nature cons bill/nature conservation amendment bill 2013.doc - 53 KB

    Nature Conservation Amend and Repeal Regulation No1 2013.DOC

    The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection has reviewed the governing legislation for marine mammals in Queensland – the Nature Conservation (Whales and Dolphins) Conservation Plan 1997 and the Nature Conservation (Dugong) Conservation Plan 1999. As a result of the review, the department has prepared new marine mammal legislation for Queensland, now consolidated within the Nature Conservation (Wildlife Management) Regulation 2006. The key issues addressed through the new legislation include: Allowing commercial whale-watching to occur in state waters that are outside marine parks. Amending marine mammal approach distances for vessels and aircraft to reflect national guidelines. Simplifying and streamlining the declaration process for areas of special interest and special interest whales and dolphins, and introducing special interest provisions for dugongs. Providing a framework for dolphin feeding to continue at Tin Can Bay. As part of the Queensland Government’s commitment to reduce and si
    http://www.cabinet.qld.gov.au/documents/2013/apr/nature conservation reg/nature conservation amend and repeal regulation no1 2013.doc - 38 KB

    Environmental Protection (Greentape Reduction) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012.doc

    The Greentape Reduction project commenced in 2010 with the aim to reform the licensing application and assessment process under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 to reduce costs for industry and government, uphold environmental standards for the community, and overall improve service delivery outcomes. The project rebuilds the approval processes for environmental licensing under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 to reduce costs, improve business investment certainty and allow frontline environmental regulation to be delivered more efficiently. The project is a co-ordinated package of legislation, business process and an information systems reform that has been developed in close consultation with industry. The Bill introduces a single environmental authority process for all environmentally relevant activities simplifying the legislation and improving understanding on regulatory requirements. Cabinet approved the introduction of the Environmental Protection (Greentape Reduction) and Other Legisl
    http://www.cabinet.qld.gov.au/documents/2012/may/greentape reduction and other leg amendment bill 2012/environmental protection (greentape reduction) and other legislation amendment bill 2012.doc - 117 KB

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