The Vegetation Management Framework Amendment Bill 2013 was
introduced to Parliament on 20 March 2013 and aims to restructure
the vegetation management framework to support the development of
high value agricultural areas.
High Value Regrowth Regulations
The key proposal of the Bill is the return to high value
regrowth clearing regulations which were last in effect in 2009.
These proposals will remove high value regrowth vegetation
regulations from freehold and Indigenous land. Leasehold and reef
watercourse regrowth regulations will be retained.
New Clearing Purposes
The removal of high value regrowth regulations is aimed at
assisting the agricultural industry in Queensland by allowing new
clearing purposes for high value agricultural clearing, irrigated
high value agricultural clearing, environmental clearing and land
Self-Assessable Clearing Codes
Self-assessable clearing codes will benefit landholders by
providing a framework for self-management of routine agricultural
activities including weed and pest management, fodder harvesting,
thinning, managing encroachment and property infrastructure.
Provided landholders comply with the self-assessable codes and
notify the Department of Natural Resources and Mines of the
proposed clearing a permit may not be required.
Landholders will be assisted by the creation of a vegetation
management map. The new map will establish regulated and
non-regulated vegetation boundaries to support long term
agricultural property planning.
The Bill will remove the offence and penalty provisions of the
Vegetation Management Act 1999 (Qld) to provide more
equitable and reliable penalties for illegal agricultural
Submissions to the State Development, Infrastructure and
The Bill is open for public consultation via the Parliamentary
State Development, Infrastructure, and Industry Committee who will
examine the Bill's lawfulness and effect as well as consider
submissions. If passed in Parliament the amendments are anticipated
to be in effect by the end of 2013.
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