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Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) Bill

Last Updated on 24 April 2016

EXTENSION for deadline for submissions on the Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) Bill to

 Friday 29 April 2016! - update provided by The Environmental Defenders Office Qld.

Please, get your submission to the Committee before next Friday (and let EDO know if you sent one in). 
To make it easy for you, EDO have prepared a basic template you can use as a base for your submission. Remember to take out and fill in all of the highlighted sections as described. The Environmental Defenders Office Qld have also put together a list of key points we suggest you include. Check out  website here.
Key points we suggest you could include in your submissions:
  • Who you or your group are, what are your objectives and any case examples about land clearing
  • Reasons why you care about protecting our vegetation – e.g. do you care about:
    • protecting koalas, or other threatened species of concern to you;
    • the impact of tree clearing on  increasing drought in our already drought stricken state – it has now been proven that the more trees we have, the more rain we have;
    • the impact of tree clearing on climate change  – tree clearing causes millions of tonnes of CO2 to be released into our atmosphere;
    • tree clearing near catchments can cause land erosion and run off into our river catchments – the erosion and run off caused by clearing along the Great Barrier Reef catchment banks is a leading cause of impacts to our Reef; or
    • any other issues you are concerned about that are relevant to your area.
  • Support the passing of the bill, to protect Queensland’s ecosystems and wildlife. This bill is important particularly because it:
  • reinstates the protection of high value regrowth on freehold and indigenous land;
  • removes provisions which permit clearing applications for high value agriculture and irrigated agriculture;
  • broadens protection of riparian vegetation, especially in the Great Barrier Reef catchments of Burnett Mary, Eastern Cape York and Fitzroy Great Barrier Reef;
  • reinstates the application of the riverine protection permit framework to the destruction of vegetation in a watercourse, lake or spring; and
  • reinstates a broader requirement for environmental offsets to be required for any residual impact, not just ‘significant’ impacts as is currently provided for in offsets legislation (and has led to only 1 offset being registered for vegetation impacts since 2014).

A hand written letter or text document can be posted / faxed to 07 3553 6699 / emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Postal address Research Director
                      Agriculture and Environment Committee
                      Parliament House
                      BRISBANE QLD 4000

Submissions must include:

  • the author’s name and signature
  • if the submission is made on behalf of an organisation, the level of approval (e.g. a local branch, executive committee or national organisation)
  • mailing address (and email if available)
  • daytime telephone number
    • support bill WWF To have this significant legislation re-instated is vitally important for the future well-being of the land and all species and ecosystems that rely on a healthy forested landscape.  CLICK ON WWF image above to make your submission online to your local state MP. Not all members of the opposition  - or independants - are opposed to re-instatement of this legislation. It is also an opportunity extend the legislation to close loopholes. As WWF point out The VMROLA Bill is already a significant compromise. Damaging loopholes remain and should be closed.
      • Most exemptions will remain, in particular the urban exemption.
      • The reliance on self-assessable codes introduced in 2013 is retained.
      • The ability to withhold incriminating evidence of illegal clearing from the prosecution is retained.
      • 22 million hectares of bushland made exempt on property maps will continue to be open to repeated clearing regardless it may fall in stream buffer zones, endangered ecosystems, habitat for threatened species and high slopes.
    • However brief - please make a submission to support the re-instatement of this vegetation protection legislation.
 

Concerns about process at 820 Greenbank Rd North Maclean in PDA Greater Flagstone

Last Updated on 07 February 2016

GREATER FLAGSTONE is supposed to be one of Queensland's  "master planned satellite cities" with planning decisions made by state government - not local councils. 

Yet Queensland Government agency DEPARTMENT OF INFRASTRUCTURE, LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND PLANNING has not included local community in any of its planning meetings for North Maclean proposed Enterprise Precinct. There have obviously been detailed meetings with local government Logan City Council and developers as revealed when DAs are added to EDQ website for PDAs.

820GreenbankRd satellite view outlineCurrently a seach shows that there are 11 applications relating to Greater Flagstone and 30 applications that have been approved - some in Pub Lane, Teviot Road, Jimboomba, North Maclean, Undullah, Kagaru, New Beith, Cedar Grove. There has never been any community consultation arranged for these 31 applications and as a "master planned city" there is NO CONCEPT PLAN for the "city" which is devoid of adequate infrastructure.

Public notification has not been well displayed - if at all.

820 Greenbank Road is DEV2015/727 by The Planning Place  Lot 2 on RP868726 has 14 documents

 Action Community has delayed a decision date for 15-20 days after 27 January - apparently an extension granted by applicant?

This gives community and concerned residents more time to make further representations to EDQ state MPs and local politicans.

Submitted Application

 

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No consultation in PDA at North Maclean EP for 820 Greenbank Road

Last Updated on 04 February 2016

NO DECISION YET for 820 Greenbank Rd .
The decision timeline has been extended by 15-20 days apparently because the applicants have agreed to this.
This gives our community more time to lobby and get organized. This is a small win but an important one which has come about as a result of successflly campaigning on behalf of the community.

Please see next article for ideas to help you MAKE YOUR OWN SUBMISSION

This comes despite the verbal assertion by state government planning assessment officer is that a

decision will be made on or before Wednesday 27 January 2016.

Community is being denied a formal consultation process but despite this we can - and should - communicate our concerns to  state and federal government!! 

On 1 February 2013, the Urban Land Development Authority ULDA was replaced by Economic Development Queensland (EDQ), a commercialised business unit within the department. Development applications for priority development areas are now assessed by the department. In some instances, the assessment of development applications has been delegated by the Minister for Economic development to the relevant local government authority. This has not happened in Logan City for Greater Flagstone PDA nor  Yarrabilba PDA

Within Greater Flagstone PDA there are several discrete land areas - not sharing a common boundary. NORTH MACLEAN INDUSTRIAL PRECINCT is one such land parcel. Again within this NMEP there are 5 separate landowners / developers who have or will submit development applications to the state government MEDQ. 

Currently the largest land parcel the WEARCO site is being assessed - using the process of preliminary documentation - for impact on federally endangered species under EPBC 2013/6941. Community had a short time to make comments - to the developer who then "responded" to our concerns to the federal government. The significance of sightings of spotted-tail quoll reported within range of the proposed NMEP should not be discounted. 

Although there will be no public notification period for 820 Greenbank Road to subdivide 1 lot into 12 industrial sites with an area of "open space", you can send in a comment about the documents which are now online.  

View the latest development applications Then select Priority Development Areas (PDAs) which are parcels of land within Queensland, identified for specific accelerated development with a focus on economic growth. They were "identified" in the SEQRP South East Queensland Regional Plan - due for review this year 2016.

Look for Application #DEV2015/727. The application has been accepted "as properly made". The traffic impact assessment and concept civil engineering services report disclose some ROAD PLANNING of interest to the local community. This includes proposed new industrial collector access road connecting from Greenbank Road and using existing Willowbrok Road reserve. Greenbank Road  remains 2 lane with 4 lanes planned for Cusack and Scotts Lanes. Hardly "lanes" at 4 lanes while  Mount Lindesay Highway (in name only) is 2 lanes.

Community will be able to make an informal submission / comment. This information is from verbal comment from Queensland Government  Department of  Local Government  Infrastructure and Planning  DLGIP who advise that a State Government decision is due on or before 27 January 2016.

We can also phone and email local MP Linus Power, Minister Jackie Trad, as well as Senators Joanna Lindgren, Larissa Waters, Scott Buchholz  to request that they make urgent representations to not approve this application.

Some contact details are available here

Senator Joanna Lindgren's contacts are available here.

Contact Economic Development Queensland's Development Assessment team by: Phone: (07) 3452 7437

•  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Send your submission / comments here and consider cc'ing other contacts as well.

 

Logan Community Environment Watch - public group

Last Updated on 27 May 2015

New public group on Facebook so that community can participate in discussions  on any planning proposals that impact community and environment within Logan City boundaries. There are currently several planning proposals / development applications DA  / material change of use MCU that have not / do not make adequate provisions for appropriate community consultations. 

The Greater Flagstone PDA covers a total area of 7188 hectares. It is located west of the Jimboomba and the Mount Lindesay Highway, along the Brisbane-Sydney rail line. It includes part of the suburb of NORTH MACLEAN and the area being identified as NMEP North Maclean Enterprise Precinct. This was previously called MLNBSA Mt Lindesay North Beaudesert Study Area in the SEQRP Southeast Queensland Regional Plans.

This public group invites community members to join, after reading description of guidelines of participation. Click image to go to Facebook.

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