Advanced offsets for landholders and graziers in Queensland

  The latest changes in Queensland’s offset framework, give landholders the ability to register their land as an advanced offset with the Queensland Government.  This gives landholders the ability to supplement their income by allowing their land to be used as an offset. The environmental offset framework is covered under the Environmental Offsets Act 2014, Environmental Offsets Regulation 2014 and the Queensland Environmental Offset Policy 2014. A list of properties currently listed as available for advanced offsets is available at: http://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/assets/documents/pollution/management/offsets/offsets-register.xlsx How much money can you get for an offset? Changes in the offset framework have provided an opportunity for…

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Development applications triggering vegetation clearing

  Any application for development in Queensland involving a material change of use (MCU), reconfiguration of a lot (RaL)  or operational works (including quarries), that occurs within an area identified as regulated vegetation (ie potentially involve clearing native vegetation), is required to be assessed against the Queensland native vegetation code – Module 8 of the State Development Assessment Provisions (SDAP). SDAP sets out the matters of interest to the state for development assessment under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA). Copies of regulated vegetation maps are available from the following site (select ‘Regulated Vegetation Management Map’): http://www.dnrm.qld.gov.au/forms/land-property/vegetation-map-request or using the…

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PMAVs/clearing remnant vegetation for development applications in Queensland

Development applications in Queensland involving a material change of Use (MCU), reconfiguration of a lot (RaL)  or operational works (including quarries) that occur over areas identified as regulated vegetation (ie potentially involve clearing native vegetation are required to be assessed against the Queensland native vegetation code – Module 8 of the State Development Assessment Provisions (SDAP). Copies of regulated vegetation maps, or a vegetation management report, are available free of charge from the following sites: http://www.dnrm.qld.goau/forms/land-property/vegetation-map-request (select ‘Regulated Vegetation Management Map’ or ‘Vegetation management report’ in the first drop): http://www.dsdip.qld.gau/about-planning/da-mapping-system.html using the SDAP development application mapping system (select SARA layers,…

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Free GIS mapping software QGIS Version 2.12 released

A new version of the free GIS mapping system QGIS has recently been released, further improving the capabilities of this powerful program.  This system provides the unique opportunity to individuals and business to obtain GIS capability without the need for expensive software or hardware. The QGIS team stated in their press release: “QGIS is Free software and you are under no obligation to pay anything to use it - in fact we want to encourage people far and wide to use it regardless of what your financial or social status is - we believe empowering people with spatial decision making…

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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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