Economic Development Bill 2012 - Implications for resources and infrastructure projects

7 November 2012

The State has introduced the Economic Development Bill 2012 involving significant changes to:

  • The State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 (SDPWO Act) dealing with requirements for Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) and Infrastructure Facility of Significance (IFS) provisions
  • The Environmental Protection Act 1994 (EP Act) dealing with Temporary Emission Licences.

The Bill (Qld) was introduced into the Queensland Parliament on Thursday, 1 November 2012.

It’s purpose is to facilitate economic development and development for community purposes in Queensland. Those terms are not defined in the Bill.

To achieve this, the Bill proposes (amongst other things) to:

  • create the ‘Minister for Economic Development QLD’ (MEDQ) as a corporation sole with planning responsibility for priority development areas; and
  • make amendments to the Environment Protection Act 1994 (EPA), the Environment Protection (Greentape Reduction) and other Legislation Amendment Act 2012 (Greentape Act); and State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 (State Development Act); and

This article focuses on:

  • proposed changes to the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 to be introduced by the Bill dealing with EIS and IFS processes; and
  • the introduction of Temporary Emission Licences to be introduced through amendments to the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (EPA).

The content of this publication is for reference purposes only. It is current at the date of publication. This content does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Legal advice about your specific circumstances should always be obtained before taking any action based on this publication.

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