Queensland Laws ‘Will Clear Environmental Hurdles’

Proposed new planning laws will cut red tape for developments in Queensland.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney has tabled a bill in parliament to repeal the Sustainable Planning Act and replace it with a new set of laws that will change the way development applications are categorised and assessed.

The proposed laws will also simplify public notification requirements and appeal rights.

But Mr Seeney insists the Planning and Development Bill 2014 will also ensure appropriate dispute resolution mechanisms are available, and that they’ll be affordable and timely.

He says the laws will deal with the community disaffection and confrontation that’s been threatening development in the resources and agricultural sectors.

“The culture of planning within the Queensland government was all about being difficult,” Mr Seeney told parliament on Tuesday.

“It was all about presenting proponents with problems, presenting proponents with hurdles to which they had to try to find a solution.

“We changed a lot of the legislation, and the legislation that is in the House today is the culmination of that change.”

The bill will also streamline environmental approval processes and potentially make it easier for developers to enter private property within state development areas to conduct works on projects.


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