Vegetation Clearing Codes
Eight (8) new Accepted Development Vegetation Clearing Codes (ADVCC) under the Vegetation Management Act 1999 came into effect on 21 June 2019. The new codes provide for clearing for the following purposes:
- Extractive industry
- Improve agricultural efficiency
- Managing encroachment
- Managing fodder harvesting
- Managing regulated regrowth
- Managing weeds
- Necessary environmental clearing
Some key points
- If landholders have notified under a previous code (other than the fodder harvesting code), before they continue clearing they need to make a new notification and comply with the requirements of the new code that applies to their activity. If they notified clearing for fodder harvesting since March 2018, they do not need to make a new notification, however they do need to comply with the new fodder harvesting code. Previous notifications for native forest practices are unaffected.
- Updates to the regulated vegetation maps have been made. Version 11 mapping incorporates major scientific updates from the Queensland Herbarium, including updates to regional ecosystem mapping and conservation classes. There have also been updates to watercourse and drainage feature mapping and essential habitat mapping.
- It is recommended that landholders who have downloaded a vegetation management report in the last year should download a new report to see if there are changes affecting their property.
- Emails will be sent to all landholders who notified DNRME of clearing under the codes, and all people who have downloaded vegetation maps or property reports in the last 12 months.
- System updates have been made to the online notification system to align to the updated codes and mapping. These updates are now live.
- A new guideline for fodder harvesting and a general guideline for the ADVCC are also available. New guidelines to support the rest of the codes will be available soon.
- Mapping data is now available through all of the usual data delivery sites eg, Globe, QSpatial, Veg maps online.
- To complement these updates, the State Development Assessment Provisions Code 16 has been revised so the Acceptable Outcomes are consistent with the ADVCC. Released on 17 June 2019, and it will take effect on 1 July 2019.
- The State Policy for Vegetation Management has also been updated, so that it is consistent with the framework. It will be available soon on the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) website.
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