The Nature Conservation and Other Legislation (Koala Protection) Amendment Regulation commenced on 7 February 2020 and amends the Environmental Offsets Regulation 2014, Planning Regulation 2017, Nature Conservation (Koala) Conservation Plan 2017 and Vegetation Management Regulation 2012 to provide increased protection to koala habitat areas in South East Queensland (SEQ).
These amendments are accompanied by new Koala habitat maps for:
The changes in the planning framework includes new clearing restrictions, prohibiting clearing of koala habitat areas within Koala Priority Areas. The State department will assess development proposing clearing of koala habitat areas outside Koala Priority Areas, against a new State code for Development in South East Queensland Koala Habitat Areas.
Inside a Koala Priority Area, clearing of koala habitat areas will be prohibited. For proposed developments that are located within Koala Priority Areas but do not require the clearing of koala habitat, new assessment benchmarks have been developed to consider koala conservation within project proposals.
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By Kelly Matthews
Director - Green Tape Solutions