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The EP Bill was introduced to Queensland Parliament 13 September 2016 by the Honourable Dr Steven Miles, Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef.
The EP Bill proposes amendments to the Environmental Protection Act (Qld) 1994 (EP Act) and Water Act (Qld) 2000 (Water Act) to strengthen the effectiveness of the environmental assessment and ongoing management of underground water extraction by resource projects.
Of particular importance to Landowners, the EP Bill sets out a scheme whereby underground water use by a mining licence holder, must be included in an application for an environmental authority under the EP Act, rather than an application for a water licence under the Water Act.
The new scheme will involve:
Queensland Parliament Agriculture and Environment Committee (Committee)
The Queensland Legislative Assembly has established eleven (11) parliamentary committees to assist the Queensland Parliament operate more effectively, investigate issues and report back to Parliament.
The Committee was established by the Queensland Legislative Assembly in March 2015 to (amongst other things):
Committee Report: Environmental Protection Amendment Bill
The EP Bill was referred to the Committee for review and reporting to the Queensland Parliament.
The Committee has:
Proposed Way Forward
In light of the Committee’s findings, Emanate considers the Bill will be passed in its present form.
It is anticipated the EP Bill will commence 6 December 2016.
Should any landholders wish to discuss, Emanate is available to assist at your convenience.