Great Barrier Reef dredging modelling for Abbot Point coal terminal ‘flawed’: AIMS
The Federal Government’s marine research agency believes modelling done for the expansion of a coal terminal near the Great Barrier Reef is “deficient” and “flawed” (30 June 2014)
Federal Government under internal pressure to scrap Renewable Energy Target costs for aluminium industry
A call from Federal Government backbenchers to scrap Renewable Energy Target (RET) costs for the aluminium industry is understood to have the Environment Minister’s support. The RET is designed to ensure Australia gets 20 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020 (30 June 2014)
Report claims Property Sector outperforming on sustainable supply chain
A report released in June by Sustainability at Work, with support from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage on supply chain management has found that the property sector is one of the top performers, thanks to green building rating systems such as Green Star and LEED (24 June 2014)
Audit office uncovers serious problems with Environment Department’s monitoring of major projects A report from the ANAO has found the department’s compliance with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, showed “limited awareness” of the progress of many major project developments.
Landcare trial to raise money through crowd funding The national environment organisation Landcare will trial crowd funding as an alternative way to source money to fund its projects. From September, 25 Landcare projects will be launched online.
Australian Government: no priority for climate change at G20: Australia The Australian Foreign Minister, says her government won’t be making climate change a priority at the G20 summit in Brisbane later this year.
New water vision to boost economic development
A Queensland Government proposal released for consultation aims to revitalise the management of water resources across the state to boost economic development opportunities for industries using water (02 July 2014)
Self-read meters deliver savings for irrigators
Queensland irrigators in un-supplemented water areas could save up to $120 a year by reading their own water meters as part of a new Queensland Government initiative. The statewide roll out of self-reading of water meters (where water is taken from a bore or watercourse) begins June 30, 2014. The first readings are due by 14 July 2014 (26 June 2014)
Queensland’s Labor opposition wants the Crime and Misconduct Commission to see if a sand mining extension is linked to an LNP donation.
The Queensland corruption watchdog has been asked to investigate if a donation to the state’s Liberal National Party led to an extension of sand mining on North Stradbroke Island. Last year the LNP government extended Sibelco’s lease for its main Enterprise mine from 2019 to 2035 (24 June 2014)
WaterQ: a plan for Queensland’s water future
Queensland families will have safer, more secure and more affordable water with the launch of a 30 year strategy for the Queensland’s water sector (24 June 2014)
Queensland Integrity Commissioner appointed
The Premier has announced Richard Bingham would become the Queensland Integrity Commissioner from 1 July 2014. The Integrity Commissioner has an important role providing advice to politicians and public servants about integrity and ethics issues and to maintain the lobbyists register (24 June 2014)
Green group wants new protections after wild rivers declarations ruled invalid
Traditional owners of the Stewart, Lockhart and Archer river basins have won a four-year legal battle in the Federal Court to have the declarations, overturned. The Federal Court found the legislation by the then-Labor government was so unreasonable it was an abuse of power (18 June 2014)
Land Management and Farming in Australia / ABS
Information on a variety of management practices being adopted by Australian agricultural businesses, including cropping and pasture management, soil management, fertiliser use, natural environment conservation protection, and water use (27 June 2014)
Climate of the nation 2014 – Australian attitudes on climate change: are Australians climate dinosaurs / Kristina Stefanova, John Connor, Tim O’Halloran; Climate Institute
This report, which benchmarks Australian attitudes to climate change, argues that political leaders risk being stuck in the past as public attitudes on climate change and its solutions are on the rebound (23 June 2014)
Federal Court: Native title rights recognised
The Federal Court of Australia has recognised native title rights for:
Kooma People native title rights recognised – 25 June 2014
Northern Cape York Peoples’ native title rights recognised – 20 June 2014
Water Act 2007 Review
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 4 July 2014
National Water Commission – National Water Initiative
The National Water Commission releases an e-book which highlights significant benefits that have flowed to individual water users, communities, industries and the environment (25 June 2014)
Brisbane City Plan 2014 commences 30 June 2014
The revised plan commences 30 June 2014. From this time, the new plan will be known as Brisbane City Plan 2014.
PowerQ will give Queensland households, small businesses and industry greater choice, flexibility and control over how they use and pay for electricity.
PowerQ is available at www.dews.qld.gov.au
Queensland State Land Review: discussion paper
The review will focus on: improving investment certainty for business and residential leaseholders by providing them with greater flexibility to allow the leased land to be used by third parties; providing greater flexibility to local government as managers of state land and streamlining government administration of state land. Submissions close on 31 August 2014
Hymix Australia Pty Ltd v Brisbane City Council & Ors  QPEC 035
PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT – Proposal to re-establish the use of an industrial development previously developed within a green space and rural area as exempt development – where exemption had expired – whether undesirable entrenchment – conflict with the planning scheme – sufficiency of grounds – SEQRP regulatory provisions.
Camp Seabee Properties Pty Ltd v Commissioner of State Revenue  QCAT 258
GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW – STAMP DUTY – where duty assessed on 5 transactions for the purchase of real property in one development – where same vendor, developer and purchaser in each transaction – where all contracts dated the same day, subject to same conditions and settled on the same day – where Commissioner later reassessed duty payable, aggregating the dutiable transactions and assessing as one transaction under s 30 of the Duties Act 2001 – whether the transactions together form, evidence, give effect to or arise from what is substantially one arrangement.
Bills – 24 June 2014
Clean Energy Finance Corporation (Abolition) Bill 2014 – repealed 26 June 2014
Bills – 23 June 2014
Bills – 19 June 2014
Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Repeal) Bill 2014
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Repeal) Bill will close the Australian Renewable Energy Agency by repealing the Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011 Registered 19 June 2014 Introduced HR 19 June 2014
Carbon Farming Initiative Amendment Bill 2014
The Carbon Farming Initiative Amendment Bill 2014 amends the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Act 2011 (CFI Act), the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 (NGER Act), the Australian National Registry of Emissions Units Act 2011 (ANREU Act) and the Clean Energy Regulator Act 2011 (CER Act) to provide for the establishment of the Emissions Reduction Fund. Registered 19 June 2014 Introduced HR 18 June 2014
Water Amendment (Interactions with State Laws) Regulation 2014 (No. 1) SLI 2014 No. 97
This instrument amends the Water Regulation 2008 to extend recognition of transitional water resource plans under the Water Act 2007 for New South Wales—State plans that prevail over Basin Plan, to January 2014 Registered 28 June 2014
National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Measurement) Amendment Determination 2014 (No. 1)
This Instrument aims to achieve the following: provide clarification of methodologies to simplify, streamline and improve the accuracy of emission estimation methods; respond to feedback from stakeholders; and update scope 2 emissions factors for the consumption of electricity, which require annual adjustment in line with dispatch decisions within the electricity market made throughout the last financial year. Registered 26 June 2014
No 116 Proclamation commencing remaining provisions of the Land and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2014
Queensland legislation can be accessed at www.legislation.qld.gov.au