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Description of key public consultations

1. Name of submission: Draft end of waste code for end-of-life tyres

Closing date/time: 5pm, 30 September 2019

Outline of the submission: The department proposes to develop an EOW code to allow for the use of use of end-of-life tyres as a resource and now invites public feedback on the draft code.

Why is this submission important? According to Planet Ark, each year in Australia around two thirds of the 48 million used tyres in Australia end up in landfill, are stockpiled, illegally dumped or have an unknown fate.  End of Waste codes specify outcomes that need to be achieved in order for a waste to be deemed a resource. Volumes of waste disposed to landfill are reduced, reducing the cost associated with disposal. Furthermore, approving used tyres as waste for re-use as a resource can minimise production-related pollution as well as unnecessary use of raw materials such as rubber, chemicals such as sulfur and polymers from crude oil.

More info here.  The Draft End Of Waste Code for End-of-life Tyres is here

Where to send your submission: 

2. Name of submission: Draft National Light Pollution Guidelines for Wildlife Including marine turtles, seabirds and migratory birds

Closing date/time: 5pm, 30 September 2019

Outline of the submission:The Australian Department of Environment and Energy (DoEE) is inviting public feedback regarding the Draft National Light Pollution Guidelines which aim to raise awareness of the potential impacts of artificial light on wildlife and provide a framework for assessing and managing these impacts around susceptible listed wildlife.

Why is this submission important? Natural darkness has a conservation value in the same way that clean water, air and soil has intrinsic value. Artificial light at night is increasing globally by about two per cent per year. Animals perceive light differently from humans and artificial light can disrupt critical behaviour and cause physiological changes in wildlife.  

These Guidelines provide technical information to guide the management of artificial light forEnvironment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999) (EPBC Act) listed threatened and migratory species, species that are part of a listed ecological community, and species protected under state or territory legislation for which artificial light has been demonstrated to affect behaviour, survivorship or reproduction.

Nesting areas along the south-eastern coast of Queensland were found to be one of two areas in Australia at the greatest risk from artificial light for marine turtles, according to DoEE.  About 40,000 shorebirds of the 34 species migrate to Moreton Bay in Queensland each year alone.  These guidelines will affect the lives of many of these highly vulnerable wildlife species.  

More info here.

Where to send your submission: email to MigratorySpecies@environment.gov.au

3. Name of submission: Moreton: Targeted amendment of the water plan (2007) 

Closing date/time: 5:05pm on 1 October 2019

Outline of the submission: The Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy has released a new draft Water Plan (Moreton) (Supply Scheme Arrangements) Amendment Plan 2019 (new draft water plan amendment). At the same time, a new draft water entitlement notice (draft WEN), a new draft water management protocol amendment (draft protocol), a new draft resource operations licence (draft ROL) and a new draft operations manual have also been released by the chief executive for consultation and public comment. These documents implement the new draft water plan amendment.

Why is this submission important? Water in the Lockyer Valley is a complex and challenging matter.  Agriculture underpins the Lockyer Valley economy, supporting related activity in transport, construction, and manufacturing with more people employed in these sectors than in anything else in the area.  However, not only is it a major source of water for Brisbane, the Lockyer Valley also contains areas of World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforest and a number of other conservation areas. The Lockyer Valley has some of the most fertile land for agricultural production in the world and provides 35% of Queensland's vegetable supply.

The current water plan has been in place since March 2007 and was amended in 2009 and 2013 to address water allocation and management issues in other catchments in the plan area. The Central Lockyer Valley Water Supply Scheme (the scheme) is the only remaining water supply scheme in the Moreton plan area, which is still managed under interim arrangements.

The new draft water plan amendment includes new provisions, which apply to other parts of the plan area including—

- clearer limits on the overland flow storages that are permitted under the plan

- establishing a reserve of unallocated water to make additional water available in the Lower Brisbane and Cabbage Tree Creek sub-catchments to support small-scale water uses.

- water pricing impacts

- climate change impacts

- implications for dam safety, flood mitigation, and South East Queensland water security.

More info here.

More info about the Lockyer Valley catchment area here

Where to send your submission:

1. Complete the online survey at getinvolved.com.au
or

2. Complete the submission form (PDF, 323.4KB) and return it by email or by post using the information shown on the form.

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3. Email to WRPMoreton@dnrme.qld.gov.au

or

4. By post to—

Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Chief Executive
Water Planning South Region
Attn: Water Plan Coordinator

Gatton Research Station
Locked Mail Bag 1009, MS 437, Gatton QLD 4343

4. Name of submission: Queensland Freight Action Plan consultation

Closing date/time: 11:59pm, 1 October 2019

Outline of the submission: Queensland's Department of Transport and Main Roads seeks public feedback regarding the state's future two-year freight action plan which will encompass air, marine, road and rail systems and associated infrastructure.

Why is this submission important? Queensland's future freight task and load volumes are projected to increase by 20 percent, therefore indicating the need to develop appropriate infrastructure and systems to support this growth.  However, the state's freight systems must be developed sustainability to avoid further environmental destruction.  

The action plan will affect issues such as ports and dredging along the Great Barrier Reef, climate resilience of freight infrastructure, motorway development, environmental impact on and flood mitigation along freight corridors as well as transportation of household waste.  Since coal comprises 85 percent of Queensland's exported goods, the Freight Action Plan will also affect the coal industry.  Furthermore, since road transport comprised 83 percent of Queensland's freight greenhouse emissions in 2015-2016, this Action Plan will affect the state's future greenhouse emissions footprint.  

More info here.  See also the Queensland Freight Strategy.  

Where to send your submission: 

 Transport Strategy and Planning
 Department of Transport and Main Roads
 GPO Box 1549
 Brisbane Qld 4001

5. Name of submission: Draft end of waste code for ferrous sulphate heptahydrate

Closing date/time: 5pm, 6 October 2019

Outline of the submission: The department proposes to develop an EOW code to allow for the use of use of ferrous sulphate heptahydrate as a resource and now invites public feedback on the draft code. 

Why is this submission important? End of Waste codes specify outcomes that need to be achieved in order for a waste to be deemed a resource. Volumes of waste disposed to landfill are reduced, reducing the cost associated with disposal. Ferrous sulphate heptahydrate can be re-used as fertiliser or as supplementary feedstock for manufacturing compost.  Approving used ferrous sulphate heptahydrate as waste for re-use as a resource can minimise unnecessary use of raw materials.

More info here.  Draft end of waste code for ferrous sulphate heptahydrate is here.  

Where to send your submission: 

6. Name of submission: Draft end of waste code for sugar refinery clarifier sludge

Closing date/time: 5pm, 6 October 2019

Outline of the submission: The department proposes to develop an EOW code to allow for the use of use of sugar refinery clarifier sludge as a resource and now invites public feedback on the draft code.

Why is this submission important? End of Waste codes specify outcomes that need to be achieved in order for a waste to be deemed a resource.  Volumes of waste disposed to landfill are reduced, reducing the cost associated with disposal.  Sugar is Australia's second largest export crop, after wheat, with a total annual revenue of almost $2 billion.  About 95 percent of Australia's sugar is produced in Queensland.  Sugar refinery clarifier sludge can be re-used as agricultural land fertiliser.  Approving used sugar refinery clarifier sludge as waste for re-use as a resource can minimise unnecessary use of raw materials for producing fertiliser.

More info here.  Draft end of waste code for sugar refinery clarifier sludge is here.  General information about sugarcane industry waste is here.

Where to send your submission: 

7. Name of submission: Review of the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative - Avoided Clearing of Native Regrowth) Methodology Determination 2015

Closing date/time: 5pm (AEST) 9 October 2019

Outline of the submission: The Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee is reviewing the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative—Avoided Clearing of Native Regrowth) Methodology Determination 2015.  The Avoided Clearing method provides opportunities for projects to protect native forest on agricultural land that would otherwise have been cleared. 

Why is this submission important?  This review will affect the robustness of Australia's carbon credits methodology and thereby can strengthen Australia's carbon abatement activities and greenhouse gas emissions reporting.  Method reviews are undertaken to ensure methods continue to meet the scheme’s offsets integrity standards, including that emissions reductions credited through the scheme remain genuine and additional.  There are three projects registered under the method, all located in southern Queensland. 

Given that only three projects are registered under the Avoided Clearing method, the Committee is particularly interested in opportunities to increase participation, including by addressing barriers to uptake.  

More info here.  

Where to send your submission: 

Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee Secretariat

Department of the Environment and Energy

GPO Box 787

Canberra ACT 2601

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

Closing date/time: 29 November 2019, 05.00pm.

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

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

Closing date/time: online consultations expected to commence in November 2019. However, you can register now to stay informed about forthcoming consultations.

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.

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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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