Call for comments and submissions – Nature Conservation (Queensland)

Call for comments and submissions – Nature Conservation (Queensland)

There is a call for submissions into this bill by March 7 2018. While this is a very short timeframe, the AVCB will look into providing a short submission. If you have any comments or wish to submit yourself, please read below. Please send any comments to avcb@ava.com.au

Nature Conservation (Special Wildlife Reserves) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

On 15 February 2018 the Hon Leanne Enoch, Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts  introduced the Nature Conservation (Special Wildlife Reserves) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 (the Bill) into the Queensland Parliament.  The Bill was referred to the Innovation, Tourism Development and Environment Committee for detailed consideration.  The committee is required to report to the Parliament by 9 April 2018.

The proposed amendments in the Bill are substantially the same as those proposed in the Nature Conservation (Special Wildlife Reserves) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (2017 Bill), which was reported on by this committee’s predecessor – the Agriculture and Environment Committee (AEC). The report of the AEC on the 2017 bill and other details of the 2017 inquiry are available online at: http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-committees/former-committees/AEC/inquiries/past-inquiries/rpt40-NatureConserv. The 2017 bill was yet to be debated when the previous Parliament was dissolved, and therefore lapsed on dissolution.   The committee may have regard to any evidence provided to the previous committee whilst considering the 2018 Bill.

Objectives of the Nature Conservation (Special Wildlife Reserves) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

The objectives of the Bill are to amend:

  • the Nature Conservation Act 1992 to:
    • establish a new class of privately owned or managed protected area (special wildlife reserve)
    • simplify procedural requirements for titling and record-keeping of conservation agreements and protected area declarations
    • clarify who is bound by a conservation agreement entered into by a landholder
  • the Land Act 1994 and the Land Title Act 1994 to:
    • streamline the process by which conservation agreements, for new and existing  protected areas, survive tenure dealing processes such as tenure conversion and lease renewal
    • clarify (in the Land Act 1994) that where a protected area declaration is made over a lease, the purpose of the underlying lease is consistent with nature conservation
  • the Environmental Offsets Act 2014 to:
    • recognise the new class of protected area (special wildlife reserve) under the Nature Conservation Act 1992
    • clarify administrative arrangements for approving offset proposals under part 6 of the Environmental Offsets Act 2014 in relation to offsets that have or may be granted under the Planning Act 2016
  • the Environmental Protection Act 1994 to ensure that risks to the Great Barrier Reef can be managed consistently regardless of whether potentially harmful activities are conducted wholly within Queensland waters or partly within Queensland waters and partly in adjacent Commonwealth waters, within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
  • the Biodiscovery Act 2004 to provide that section 24 (Collection authority concerning land dedicated as new national park or declared as marine park) applies to special wildlife reserves and their declaration
  • the Forestry Act 1959, the Fossicking Act 1994 and the Mineral Resources Act 1989 to add a special wildlife reserve to the types of areas defined as protected areas under these Acts
  • the Vegetation Management Act 1999 to include special wildlife reserves in the list of protected areas to which this act does not apply for the clearing of vegetation

Call for submissions

The committee seeks submissions on the Bill from the public and interested stakeholders. An information sheet which provides guidelines on making a submission can be found at:

http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/committees/guidelines/Guide_MakingASubmission_WebVersion.pdf

Written submissions should be emailed to Innovation, Tourism Development and Environment Committee or mailed to:

Committee Secretary
Innovation, Tourism Development and Environment Committee
Parliament House
George Street
Brisbane  Qld  4000

The closing date for submissions is 4:00pm, Wednesday, 7 March 2018.

Public departmental briefing

The committee will hold a public departmental briefing in the Parliamentary Annexe on 11:30am. Details will be posted on the committee’s web page.

Other information

The Nature Conservation (Special Wildlife Reserves)and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 and Explanatory Notes are available at these links and from the Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel at www.legislation.qld.gov.au.

The Minister’s explanatory speech for the Bill can be accessed here.

If you have any queries please contact the committee secretariat on (07) 3553 6662 or by email itdec@parliament.qld.gov.au.

Regards

Committee Secretariat
Innovation, Tourism Development and Environment Committee

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