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Reef regulations amendment Bill introduced to Parliament

News Release

1 March 2019

On 27 February 2019, the Environmental Protection (Great Barrier Reef Protection Measures) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 was introduced to Parliament by the Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts, the Hon Leeanne Enoch MP.

If the Bill passes, the new legislation supports the staged roll-out of strengthened reef protection regulations to apply to all commercially produced cane, bananas, horticulture, grains and grazing as well as direct sources of pollution from industrial land uses (for example, sewage and water treatment plants, aquaculture or intensive animal industries, etc.) across all reef regions – Cape York, Wet Tropics, Burdekin, Mackay Whitsunday, Fitzroy and Burnett Mary.

More detailed sector and region specific information is available in the Strengthening Reef regulations factsheet (PDF) or by viewing the Broadening and enhancing Reef protection regulations Decision Regulatory Impact Statement (PDF).

Have your say

Councils wishing to work with the LGAQ in the preparation of a submission are invited to contact Ms Dorean Erhart, Lead - Climate Change and the Great Barrier Reef via email at

The Bill has been referred to the Innovation, Tourism Development and Environment Committee. Consultation timeframes are likely to be short.

Local Government Association of Queensland
LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006


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