Clearing Mangroves/Marine Plants in Queensland

Marine plants in Queensland are protected under the Fisheries Act 1994, which includes the protection of all marine plants, including mangroves, seagrass, salt couch, salt marshes etc. This act also controls activities such as the collection of dead wood and algae for aquariums hobby use. Some low impact activities involving the damage of marine plants may be undertaken without gaining approval where they meet the requirements of the code prepared for self-assessable works. These requirements include limits on the areas to be disturbed and the nature of activities permitted. These activities are still subject to pre-works notification and on-site signage…

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Species Management Programs (SMP) in Queensland

Under the Queensland Nature Conservation (Wildlife Management) Regulation 2006, it is illegal to tamper with an animal breeding place without an authority. Tamper means to damage, destroy, mark, move or dig up a breeding place. A breeding place is defined as a bower, burrow, cave, hollow, nest or other thing that is commonly used by an animal to incubate or rear the animals offspring. Most clearing activities are likely to impact on animal breeding places, therefore it is the responsibility of companies undertaking clearing to ensure they have the correct authority. An assessment should be undertaken to determine the potential…

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Managing weeds on large properties – weed management plans

Apart from having detrimental economic impacts to the agricultural and industry sectors, the control of declared weeds is legislated under the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002 and some local government pest management plans. This legislation imposes a legal responsibility for control of declared weeds by all landholders on all land under their management, including in some cases the development and implementation of weed/pest management plans.  Declared pest plants are targeted for control as they can have serious economic, environmental and social impacts in Queensland. Some Council plans relate to environmental weeds (not declared) which are considered…

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Great Northern Clean Up

Ecosure’s Rockhampton staff and family members participated in the ‘Great Northern Clean Up’ last month. 10 staff and their families participated on the day collecting marine debris and rubbish along 10 km of Farnborough beach between Sandy Point and Bangalee (located north of Yeppoon). Location of site: https://goo.gl/maps/YVArGqdK73S2 The Great Northern Clean Up is the equivalent of ‘Clean up Australia Day, but takes place in September when the weather in the tropics is more suitable for outside work. The team were eager to do their bit to minimise the impacts this debris can have in the coastal and marine environments, and…

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11,000 ha of additional national park for Queensland

Ecosure welcomes today’s announcement by the Queensland government of the addition of 11,000 ha of land to national parks within Queensland. The land, previously forest reserves, includes forests around Bulburin National Park west of Bundaberg which will help protect many of the threatened species in that area, including the long-nosed potoroo and the critically endangered Bulberin nut (Macadamia jansenii), which is down to 40 individuals. The changes also include land adjacent Danbulla and Kuranda National Parks near Cairns and Atherton, and significant additions to Dryander National Park (Proserpine) and Kelvin National Park (near Mackay). These changes are welcomed as the…

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Correction of vegetation maps for graziers in Queensland – PMAVs

Clearing of vegetation in Queensland is regulated by the Vegetation Management Act 1999, which maps areas of regulated vegetation in which clearing is restricted.  Areas of remnant vegetation are mapped as regulated vegetation and cannot be broad-scale cleared for grazing purposes. However, sometimes these maps are incorrect and it is possible to have these maps amended, allowing increased use of your property. If you believe that the mapping is incorrect on your property, Ecosure can prepare a Property Map of Assessable Vegetation (PMAV) application for submission to the Department of Natural Resources and Mines to change the area incorrectly mapped…

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