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Stakeholder Consultation on Stage 3 of the Nature Positive Plan

On 16 April 2024, Minister Plibersek announced the progression of Stage 2 legislation to establish Environment Protection Australia, the statutory role of the Head of Environment Information Australia, and to provide for stronger compliance and enforcement. The Government is committed to legislating the remainder of the commitments in the Nature Positive Plan. Consultation with stakeholders …

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Reforms Pending to Queensland’s Koala Planning Provisions

The Department of Environment, Science and Innovation (DES) is undertaking a review of the 2020 koala planning regulations under the Planning Regulation 2017 to evaluate their effectiveness and identify areas for improvement. In 2023, DES released a Consultation Post Implementation Review report, inviting public feedback on the 2020 koala regulations. This consultation aimed to assess …

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Upcoming Webinars on Proposed Onshore Wind Farm Guidance

The Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment, and Water is hosting two public webinars to support the consultation process for the proposed Onshore Wind Farm Guidance. These webinars aim to provide detailed information and address any questions from stakeholders. Webinar Details: These sessions are an excellent opportunity for professionals in the environmental sector to …

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Nature Positive Plan Update

Second Stage of the Nature Positive Plan Announced  In the evolving landscape of environmental legislation, delays can add layers of uncertainty. At New Ground, we’ve been closely monitoring the developments surrounding the EPBC Reforms and we are committed to keeping you updated as new information comes to light. In today’s blog we’ll discuss the second …

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Innovative Collaboration at the Intersection of Renewable Energy and Environmental Planning

The recent release of the “Better Practice Renewables and Biodiversity: Opportunities for Collaboration Guide” (Better Practice Guide) marks a milestone in the evolving landscape of renewable energy development and biodiversity management. Developed collaboratively by RE-Alliance, the Energy Charter, and Powerlink Queensland, this guide emerges from a series of cross-sector workshops in Queensland, aimed at harmonising …

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Considerations Arising from Review of the Federal Government’s Nature Positive EPBC Act Reforms Package

The Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) recently sought public feedback on proposed amendments to Australia’s environmental laws, with submissions now closed, we offer the following recommendations for consideration in preparing for implementation of the Nature Positive Package: Implement National Environmental Standards Implement standards that cover Matters of National Environmental Significance and …

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Fire Ants – Australia’s small but costly threat, and what they mean for you.

Discovery and Eradication Efforts The imported red fire ant (Solenopsis Invicta) was initially detected in Brisbane in 2001. Twenty-three years later, this invasive species is now at the centre of the largest eradication program ever conducted in Australia (DES). Fire ants are native to South America, but have carved a destructive path throughout North America …

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Have Your Say: EPBC Act Revisions Deadline 30 March 2024

The Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (the Department) is currently seeking public feedback on proposed amendments to Australia’s environmental laws, with submissions open until 30 March 2024. In an effort to inform and engage the public, the Department has released a suite of materials detailing the nature and scope of these …

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EPBC Act Update: Reclassification of 12 Species Now in Effect

Effective from 5th January 2024, the threatened listing status of 12 species were amended under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999. All species reclassified were migratory, wetland indicator species of avifauna. A total of 8 species were added to the list, and 4 species had their classification updated. (Source: List of Threatened …

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