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Description of key public consultations

1. Name of submission: Application for a permit to cull Porphyrio porphyrio (Swamphen) in Public Reserves and on private land on Norfolk Island (E2019-0164)

Closing date/time: 11 November 2019 

Outline of the submission:The Australian Department of the Environment and Energy has received an application for a permit to kill, injure, take, trade, keep or move a listed threatened species in a Commonwealth Area under Part 13, section 200 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The application is to cull Porphyrio porphyrio (Swamphen) in Public Reserves and on private land on Norfolk Island.

Why is this submission important? Porphyrio porphyrio is a listed marine species under the EPBC Act.  According to the project's Supplementary Form C, about 500 purple swamphens will be culled and the Sooty Tern breeding will likely increase.

More info here

Where to send your submission:

Please include your full name and address in your submission.

Comments should be addressed to:

The Director
Northern NSW Assessments Section
Environment Approvals and Wildlife Trade Branch
Department of the Environment and Energy
GPO Box 787
Canberra  ACT  2601

or email to: EPBC.permits@environment.gov.au

2. Name of submission: Independent review of the EPBC Act

Closing date/time: TBC.  In November the review will release a discussion paper and will invite formal submissions at this time.  In the meantime, you can send your brief comments via this link.

Outline of the submission:The Australian Department of Environment and Energy is conducting an independent, 10-year statutory review of the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity (EPBC) Act.  The Department therefore invites public feedback regarding including how the EPBC Act has operated, the challenges ahead it should address, and your ideas for the future.

Why is this submission important? The EPBC Act is Australia’s central piece of national environmental law. The EPBC Act and the Commonwealth’s role in environmental protection focuses on matters of national significance.  Already the nation has been witnessing alarming rates of environmental destruction, resulting in Australia becoming a global leader in deforestation and extinction.  The EPBC Act is failing to provide urgently needed effective protection.  Your feedback will be vital for demanding effective national environmental laws and independent enforcement.

More info here.

3. Name of submission: Proposals for strengthening non-urban water measurement 

Closing date/time: 5pm (AEDT), 29 November 2019

Outline of the submission: The Queensland Department of Natural Resources Mines and Energy (DNRME) is seeking public feedback to guide how non-urban water is measured and monitored.  Feedback will help DNRME finalise the state's water measurement policy.  Specific topics covered include: 

  • what forms of water take should be metered
  • whether thresholds can be applied to determine where meters are required
  • whether telemetry is a viable and desirable option for data gathering, including how real-time water data should be collected and where it will be available (i.e. telemetry framework)
  • issues, assurances and standards around data recording and storage devices (data loggers)
  • requirements and application of accuracy testing
  • requirements for validation and maintenance of meters
  • recordkeeping requirements
  • timeframe and approach for implementation of metering.

Why is this submission important?  The forthcoming non-urban water measurement policy will affect issues such as water measurement metering standards and requirements, transparency of water measurement and monitoring and ensuring water take complies with water plan requirements to protect environmental flows.  Therefore the policy be vital for effectively implementing Queensland’s water plans, including their provisions for how water is shared.  The policy will also need to align with the National Framework for non-urban water metering, allowing Queensland to meet its national water measurement obligations.  Furthermore, the policy will affect how Queensland meets its obligations for the Murray-Darling Basin.

More info here. Or contact: RWMP@dnrme.qld.gov.au

Where to send your submission:

Online: complete DNRME's online submission form from their website here (scroll down to the bottom of the webpage).

Email: RWMP@dnrme.qld.gov.au

Post:

Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
Attn: Executive Director, Water Markets
PO Box 15216
City East QLD 4002

4. Name of submission: Review of Land Regulation 2009

Closing date/time: 6 December 2019, 11:59pm

Outline of the submission:The Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy is reviewing the Land Regulation which is due to expire in September 2020 to ensure it is still necessary, efficient, and working as intended.  The key legislation that sets out the framework and objectives of state land administration is the Land Act 1994 (the Land Act) and the Land Regulation 2009 (Land Regulation). The Land Regulation contains a number of operational matters, and sets out how provisions of the Land Act are applied.

Why is this submission important?  State land constitutes approximately 61 per cent of Queensland’s total land area.  The Land Regulation is critical for the proper administration of many key parts of the Land Act, including whether associated by-laws provide for adequate protection and use of trust land, the business and management of trust land, as well as penalties for contravening a model by-law.  The review will also affect requirements for public consultation by trustees.  The review will also affect currently proposed amendments to the Land Act which would provide for the Minister to approve model by-laws (rather than needing to be made via regulation).

The Land Regulation is also central to:

  • the rental regime for leasehold land

  • methodologies for calculating the purchase price for land to be converted to freehold tenure

  • financial arrangements for ‘freeholding leases’

  • requirements for trustee permits and trustee leases, prescribing and adopting model by-laws, and revoking a reserve

  • ‘declared beach area’ declarations, including regulation of use, infringements and penalties, and closures of the area

  • other important operational and administrative matters for leasehold land and unallocated state land, including processes for making land available by ballot, registering documents and dealings, and setting fees and charges

    For this reason it is important that the state land framework is implemented effectively and efficiently

More info is here.  The consultation paper is here.

Where to send your submission:

Feedback can be provided by either:

  • completing the online survey here.
  • emailing lpconsult@dnrme.qld.gov.au
    or
  • posting a written response to:
    Land Regulation Review
    Land Policy, Policy Division
    PO Box 15216
    City East QLD 4002

5. Name of submission: Australia's Future Drought Fund

Closing date/time: 13 December 2019

Outline of the submission:The Australian Department of Agriculture plans to build drought resilience through a new $3.9 billion Future Drought Fund. The fund is expected to grow to $5 billion by 2028-29.  From July 2020, DAF will invest $100 million annually in projects that strengthen drought resilience, preparedness and recovery.  A public consultation will be open soon for you to provide feedback on the draft Drought Resilience Funding Plan that will guide investments.

Why is this submission important? The investments will fund projects including research and innovation, research extension, the adoption of new technology, improved environmental and natural resource management, infrastructure and community initiatives. Your feedback will be important for helping to ensure that Australia's investments fund appropriate projects that effectively address drought and associated environmental issues.  

More info here.  

6. Name of consultation: Draft port overlays for the priority ports of Gladstone and Townsville

Closing date/time: 16 December 2019, 5pm

Outline of the consultation:The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads seeks public feedback on the draft port overlays for the priority ports of Gladstone and Townsville.

Why is this consultation important? Port master planning guides sustainable development of priority ports for long-term economic growth, job creation, environmental values and community interests, while providing protection for the Great Barrier Reef.  

The Port of Gladstone alone is Queensland's largest multi-commodity port and is used by major mining companies.  
A large portion of the priority Port of Gladstone master planned area is situated within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and therefore will impact the marine area's ecosystems and wildlife.  

More info here

Where to send your submission:

Email: GladstonePortMasterPlan@tmr.qld.gov.au or TownsvillePortMasterPlan@tmr.qld.gov 

or

Post:

           Sustainable Ports Planning
           Transport Strategy and Planning
           Department of Transport and Main Roads
           GPO Box 1549
           Brisbane QLD 4001

7. Name of consultation: Australia's National Vegetation Information System

Closing date/time: 31 December 2019

Outline of the consultation:The Australian Department of Environment and Energy is undertaking a survey on the National Vegetation Information System (NVIS) to better understand how it is used and to shape its future production.

Why is this consultation important? The NVIS has played an important role in national assessments and reporting on vegetation. Significant state and Commonwealth resources go into its collation and management. This survey is to assess how the NVIS is currently being used, and by whom, in order to better understand whether future investment is warranted and what form (if any) it should take.  

Your feedback can help inform future investment and possible improvements into the NVIS to improve the nation's vegetation management.

More info here.

8. Name of submission: Review of Queensland's energy legislation - Options Paper

Closing date/time: 31 January 2020, 11:59pm

Outline of the submission:The Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy is seeking stakeholder feedback to its options paper which contains proposals to modernise the following Queensland state energy laws:

  • Electricity Act 1994
  • Gas Supply Act 2003
  • Energy and Water Ombudsman Act 2006
  • Liquid Fuel Supply Act 1984.

Why is this submission important? Since the energy sector is Australia’s largest contributor to carbon emissions, this review will affect the state's greenhouse gas emissions and climate impacts.

This review's options paper addresses issues such as developing clear rules for energy operators and better alignment of state energy laws with applied national laws.  Other issues to be addressed include regulation of emerging technologies, regulatory enforcement, governance arrangements, electricity and gas company access to private and public lands, feed-in tariffs, price controls and access to the Energy and Water Ombudsman Queensland's services for dispute resolution.

Although renewable energy is not specifically addressed in this options paper, the options considered may reduce or remove barriers to renewable energy generation.  For example, a key issue affecting renewable energy is better support for decentralised energy arrangements, facilitated by solar and battery technology.  

More info here.  The options paper is here (Part 1, page 28 contains the list of questions). 

Where to send your submission:

Written submissions: Stakeholders are requested to provide feedback by completing a questionnaire, found here.

For guidance on submitting your feedback through the questionnaire please email: energyreview@dnrme.qld.gov.au

For submissions on development applications, email pdadevelopmentassessment@dsdmip.qld.gov.au

Information on making a submission for a priority development area (PDA) can be found on the specific PDA page.

Submit an environmental incident report online or via your mobile device.

Sign, or start your own E-Petition.

Or go to Parliamentary Committees and make submissions to current inquiries.

 

Other Commonwealth Consultations

See other Department of Environment and Energy consultations here

See also

EPBC Act - public notices and invitation to comment
Fisheries - Assessments open for comment
Species and ecological communities - Listing assessments open for comment
Wildlife trade - Invitations to comment
National heritage - Assessments open for comment
Online surveys - Departmental consultation hub

 

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