On 17 March 2016, Hon Jackie Trad MP, Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment, introduced the Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 to the Queensland Parliament.
The Bill was referred to the Agriculture and Environment Committee for consideration.
The committee is to provide its report to the House by 30 June 2016.
· tighten the vegetation management framework for controlling land clearing in Queensland;
· limit the clearing of riparian vegetation, especially in the Great Barrier Reef catchments;
· reinstate the application of the riverine protection permit framework to the destruction of vegetation in a watercourse, lake or spring; and
· reinstate certain environmental offset requirements.
Some relevant statistics:
x 300,000 hectares cleared in 2013-14, a major leap upward on previous years.
x accelerating Reef pollution and carbon emissions.
x Over 200,000 hectares of threatened species habitat cleared since 2012.