Regional Planning Interests Act 2014 (Qld)

The Regional Planning Interests Act 2014 (Qld) passed the Queensland Parliament on 20 March 2014. It is expected that the act will commence towards the middle of the year following assent.

The act differs in some significant ways from the Regional Planning Interests Bill introduced into parliament in November last year. The resource industry should generally be happy with the amendments made to that bill as part of its passage through parliament. However, there are some concerning new provisions in the act that will need to be assessed and monitored by industry.

The act seeks to manage the impact of resource activities and other ‘regulated activities’ on areas of regional interest and to promote the coexistence of resource activities and regulated activities with other activities, such as agriculture. The act repeals and replaces the Strategic Cropping Land Act 2011 (Qld). The act identifies four ‘areas of regional interest’…

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