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Queensland’s proposed Regional Planning reforms — significant implications for the resources sector

The Queensland government introduced the Regional Planning Interests Bill late last week. The bill is designed to provide a new assessment process for regional planning for the ‘successful co-existence’ of the agricultural and resource sectors.

This follows the release of regional plans for the Central Queensland and Darling Downs regions on 24 October 2013 and the Review of the Strategic Cropping Land (SCL) framework report. The bill will require certain resource and other regulated activities to be consistent with land-use policies of regional plans and any other ‘area of regional interest’ prescribed under the bill.

In summary, if the bill is enacted in its current form, it will introduce a new regional interest decision (RID) process to operate in tandem with existing resource tenement and environmental authority (EA) processes…

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