A koala conservation state planning policy: the South East Queensland Koala Conservation State Planning Policy, which will assist local governments to plan strategically for growth and manage the impacts of growth on koala habitat. The South East Queensland Koala Conservation State Planning Policy will outline how new or amended planning schemes will maintain or enhance koala habitat to achieve desired environmental outcomes and create a network of koala habitat and movement areas across South East Queensland's Urban Footprint.
Community feedback has informed the development of the koala planning provisions to date and will continue to play a role in the development of the new draft provisions outlined above.
The draft provisions will be available for community consultation in December 2009 and are expected to be finalised in 2010.
Interim development controls The government introduced interim development controls in December 2008 that immediately put in place stronger controls on urban development within koala habitat areas until the introduction of the new protective planning provisions.
The habitat maps define the areas to which the Draft SEQ Koala State Planning Regulatory Provisions apply. These maps are also available for inspection at the Department of Infrastructure and Planning, Ground Floor, 63 George Street, Brisbane and will be available on the Department of Environment and Resource Management's interactive mapping website shortly.
New policy: Biodiversity development offset area The Proposed South East Queensland Koala Conservation State Planning Regulatory Provision ( 794 KB) that will take effect in December 2009, introduce a new policy, 'biodiversity development offset area', as an additional mechanism to protect biodiversity in Queensland. This includes high-conservation value koala habitat considered to be 'at risk' from the impacts of development.
Koala habitat tree means a tree of any of the following genera- (a) Angophora; (b) Corymbia; (c) Eucalyptus; (d) Lophostemon; (e) Melaleuca.
Have your say Submissions are invited on two issues:
1. The moratorium on clearing vegetation, part of the Draft South East Queensland Koala State Planning Regulatory Provisions ( 151 KB). Submissions close 24 December 2009. 2. The biodiversity development offset area policy, part of the Proposed South East Queensland Koala Conservation State Planning Regulatory Provision ( 794 KB). Submissions close 1 December 2009. Submissions can be made by:
Biodiversity development offset area policy Department of Infrastructure and Planning Reply Paid 15009 City East Brisbane Qld 4002