LawAlert: land clearing, community objection rights and more!


Land clearing: submissions close 25 April
Full reinstatement of community objection rights welcomed
Chain of Responsibility Bill
Proposed “one-stop-shop” laws lapse
Court timetable
New Acland Stage 3 Project objection,
Qld Land Court
Hearing currently on break until Monday 9 May 2016.

Adani Carmichael Federal Court objection,
Federal Court
Hearing 3-4 May 2016.

Alpha Coal Mine appeal, Qld Court of Appeal Hearing 7 June 2016.

Land clearing: submissions close 25 April!
EDO Qld land clearing
Thank you to the 140 people who came to our LawJams on land clearing in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast this month. Land clearing affects our wildlife, the quality of our soils, the health of our Reef from soil-erosion, and even leads to worse drought in Qld. Don’t forget to make a submission to the Committee considering the Bill to help ensure it gets passed.

For a basic template and tips on key points, see here.

Full reinstatement of community objection rights welcomed


EDO Qld’s Revel Pointon fronted the Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources Parliamentary Committee on Monday to support full reinstatement of community objection rights. We reminded the Committee that there have been no examples of frivolous and vexatious litigation found by the Land Court, contrary to the false claims promoted by the resource industry.

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Chain of Responsibility Bill – Committee Report tabled

The Qld Government’s Chain of Responsibility Bill gives valuable powers to the Environment Department to help ensure those who profit from resources clean up their mess. This legislation is essential for safeguarding Qld against the repercussions of the steady downturn of the mining sector. The Bill was recently referred to the Agriculture and Environment Committee for consideration. The Committee Report has now been tabled.

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Proposed “one-stop-shop” laws lapse

The EPBC Amendment (Bilateral Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014 has now lapsed. Congratulations everyone on the consistent and persistent advocacy that stopped the “one-stop-shop” of devolving Commonwealth environmental powers to the States.

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-=-=-Environmental Defenders Office Queensland · Australia

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