A western Queensland grazing family is being driven off the land despite their best efforts to diversify their income through carbon farming. The owners claim their biggest problem is Rabobank’s reluctance to recognise the earning potential of carbon sequestration (20 May 2014)
On 14 May 2014, Minister Hunt introduced a bill into Parliament that would allow the Minister to accredit state and territory approval decisions on large coal mining and coal seam gas developments that are likely to have a significant impact on a water resource (commonly known as the ‘water trigger’)
According to a new International Renewable Energy Agency report, the renewables sector employed 6.5 million people globally last year. Australian government policy means Australia is bucking the global growth trend and shedding jobs (15 May 2014)
The Commonwealth Government achieved several important milestones in its plans to remove duplication between the Commonwealth and the states on environmental approvals, with the introduction of the EPBC Bills into Parliament along with the release of draft bilateral agreements with Queensland and NSW (14 May 2014)
The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has released the draft credits for the new Green Star – Design & AS Built rating tool and is calling on every part of the industry and community to provide feedback, closing on 31 May 2014
Researchers have revealed that conflict with communities is costing mining companies billions of dollars. The Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at The University of Queensland (UQ), and the Harvard Kennedy School have published new research that has uncovered the true scale of the costs companies incur when they come into conflict with local communities (13 May 2014)
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is collaborating with businesses working in Australia and Australian cosmetic and beauty care producers to seek the removal of micro-plastic pollutants from their products (08 May 2014)
The Property Council of Australia welcomes the Queensland Government’s repeal of the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Acts 2000 (PAMDA), and its replacement with industry-specific legislation. Queensland is the first state in Australia to introduce exemptions for related entities (07 May 2014)
Property sales in the Mary Valley have soared this year with a record 48 sales worth $11.67 million taking place in the last six weeks. Visit the website for details of all properties listed for sale (19 May 2014)
Queensland landholders and local communities will benefit from a clear and transparent process for the construction and modification of levee banks, following the introduction of a state-wide regulatory framework effective this week (16 May 2014)
To address insurance costs in North Queensland, the Government will provide up to $12.5m over three years to provide grants to bodies corporate to undertake engineering assessments of strata‑title properties in Nth Queensland. The assessments are to identify risks that can be mitigated for properties from natural disasters (14 May 2014)
Draft Cape York Regional Plan changes extend protections to the Wenlock, Lockhart, Archer and Stewart river basins, falling under the Wild Rivers Act, which will be replaced by the regional plan from June 2014. Decisions on future land use will be made on a case-by-case basis (14 May 2014)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will have more opportunities to own a home, with new legislation introduced (08 May 2014)
Queensland’s Coordinator-General has approved the proposed $16.5 billion Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail project north-west of Clermont, subject to an extensive set of environmental and social conditions (08 May 2014)
This year’s budget contained a number of announcements that will have a direct impact on the Energy & Natural Resources (ENR) industries. How these announcements impact an ENR business will depend on how and where the business operates (May 2014)
Discussion Paper: The Minister for Finance and Acting Assistant Treasurer, Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann, has released for public consultation a discussion paper canvassing policy options to address the high cost of home and strata title insurance in North Queensland (09 May 2014)
Published by: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)
The overarching focus of the Review is to consider whether the Water Act is delivering on its objectives effectively and with the minimum necessary regulatory burden imposed on the water industry, water managers and irrigators. Submissions close Friday 4 July 2014 (19 May 2014)
This Government guide provides a brief background to the Commonwealth’s Renewable Energy Target – what it is, what it costs, how it operates, and whether it is achieving its aims (14 May 2014)
The Threatened Species Scientific Committee is seeking comments on the assessment of six species. The public consultation period closes 20 June 2014 (07 May 2014)
Reef Trust Discussion Paper outlines some initial thinking about the Trust and how it can be established to invest in really good quality projects that deliver results.
The scoping paper outlines the GBCA’s proposed approach to the new rating tool, including an improved certification pathway, online delivery platform and revised weighting system. Feedback period is open until 31 July 2014.
The draft approval bilateral agreement with Queensland is open for public comment until Friday 13th June. The approval agreement would cover approvals on major projects under the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 (Qld) and resource projects under the Environment Protection Act 1994 (Qld).
The Queensland Government has passed new laws to split the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Acts 2000 (PAMDA) into three industry-specific licensing Acts, and a fourth supporting Act. The new legislation will be:
Property Occupations Bill 2013 -: PASSED with amendment on 7/05/2014
Motor Dealers and Chattel Auctioneers Bill 2013 – PASSED with amendment on 6/05/2014
Debt Collectors (Field Agents and Collection Agents) Bill 2013 – PASSED with amendment 0n 06/05/2014
Agents Financial Administration Bill 2013 – PASSED with amendment 0n 06/05/2014
The changes include:
The new legislation has not yet received a commencement date.
The Bill provides for the establishment of a long-term local infrastructure planning and charging framework in Queensland that supports local government and distributor-retailer (local authority) sustainability and development feasibility. The State Development, Infrastructure and Industry Committee is seeking written submissions on the Bill, and is required to report to Parliament by Thursday, 29 May, 2014.
New erosion prone areas for the Queensland coast, based on present-day sea levels, commenced on 7 May, 2014. Local governments will be able to choose the most appropriate projection for their local area and plan for the coastal environment and natural hazards in a locally appropriate way.
Education and Employment Legislation Committee – Report on the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Green Army Programme) Bill 2014 in the Senate, 13 May 2014.
Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) to facilitate the efficient and enduring implementation of the Australian Government’s one stop shop policy for environmental approvals. Environment Minister Greg Hunt second reading speech introducing the legislation on 14 May 2014
The purpose of the Bill is to allow for cost recovery for environmental impact assessments, including strategic assessments, under the EPBC Act, consistent with the Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines – Environment Minister Greg Hunt second reading speech introducing the legislation on 14 May 2014
A Bill for an Act to amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, Registered 15 May 2014 and Introduced Senate 13 May 2014
The Energy Efficiency Opportunities Repeal Bill will terminate the Energy Efficiency Opportunities program on 29 June 2014 by repealing the Energy Efficiency Opportunities Act 2006
Introduced and read a first time and Second reading moved on 15 May 2014
Sustainable Planning (Infrastructure Charges) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 – Referred to Committee on 8/05/2014
Property Occupations Bill 2013 – Passed with amendment on 7/05/2014
Motor Dealers and Chattel Auctioneers Bill 2013 – Passed with amendment on 6/05/2014
Debt Collectors (Field Agents and Collection Agents) Bill 2013 – Passed with amendment on 6/05/2014
Agents Financial Administration Bill 2013 – Passed with amendment on 6/05/2014
Water Supply Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 – Stage reached: Passed with amendment on 6/05/2014.
Environmental Offsets Bill 2014 – Stage reached: Report from Committee on 14/05/2014
Land and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 – Stage reached: Report from Committee on 13/05/2014
[Assented to 13 May 2014 – This Act, other than the provisions mentioned in subsection (2), commences on a day to be fixed by proclamation.
(2) The following provisions commence on assent— chapters 3 and 4 schedule 1, amendment 15 of the South-East Queensland Water (Distribution and Retail Restructuring) Act 2009 and schedule 1, amendments 1 to 20 and 23 of the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008