Department Of Natural Resources Qld


INTERIM
Natural Resource
Management
and
Conservation Strategy
for
South East Queensland

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Understanding and involvement (U)

3. Caring for Biodiversity (B)

4. Caring for our Water (W)

5. Caring for our Land (L)

6. Caring for our coast and seas (C)

7. Integrated planning and coordination (P)


 

  1. Introduction
    1. Purpose of the Interim Draft Strategy
    2.   The key purpose of this document is to act as a guide for Natural Heritage Trust Funds for 1999-2000. However the information presented here is not limited to actions that are eligible for NHT funds, but covers all the key issues identified by the SEQ community. Some of the strategies and actions described may be more appropriately funded from other government and non government sources. Another purpose of this document is to seek further input and endorsement from key stakeholders to progress the development of the Regional Strategy. It is intended that the completed strategy will compliment and be consistent with other regional and local area planning documents, including the Regional Framework for Growth Management, local government planning documents and individual catchment plans. For this reason, it is important to gain endorsement for the strategy from the various resource managengement and conservation agencies throughout the SEQ region. During the early months of 1999, this document will be used to stimulate discussion with those key stakeholders.

      Any comments on this document are welcome. Please direct your comments and queries to the coordinator -

      Mary Jane Weld
      Department of Natural Resources
      PO Box 864 IPSWICH Q 4305
      Ph 07-38845327
      Mobile - 0412 585 614
      Fax - 07 38845322 or
      Email -mary-jane.weld@dnr.qld.gov.au


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    3. Key regional issues

The use of natural resources in the South East Queensland Region must be ecologically, socially and economically sustainable; treating the land, flora and fauna, fresh water, ocean and air as one interdependent system. However, the issues are so numerous and complex that there is a need for some division to allow them to be treated in a coherent fashion. For the purposes of this strategy, they have been divided into the major topics of:

U Understanding and involvement

B Caring for biodiversity

W Caring for our water resources

L Caring for our land

C Caring for our coast and seas

P Integrated planning and coordination

Under each major topic, you will find:

 

  1. Understanding and involvement (U)
    1. Issues

Achieving sustainable natural resource management within the region presently depends on the wisdom and voluntary action of natural resource users together with support and action from the local community. An important element of this process is an understanding of natural resource management issues which results from the sharing of information within and between stakeholder groups.

State and local government agencies, educational institutions, industry bodies, cultural groups, community groups and individuals all play a role in capturing, processing and communicating information such as: the condition of natural resources; trends in natural resource condition; natural processes and the impact of human activity on these processes; and best management practices related to natural resource management. The incorporation of such information at all levels of decision making and the acknowledgment of present levels of understanding amongst various sectors is essential.

Activities relevant to the promotion of understanding and involvement in natural resource management and biodiversity protection include:

Providing communities with the opportunity to develop, learn, interact and become involved in natural resource management and biodiversity protection issues is critical to the successful implementation of this strategy.

    1. Goal
    2. We need a well-informed and motivated community which actively promotes and practices sustainable natural resource management.

    3. Strategic objectives

Four strategic objectives have been identified to enable us to improve our understanding of, and involvement with natural resource management in South East Queensland. They are:

U1

Resources and information are readily accessible to all members of the community.

U2

Educative components are integrated into the use and management of natural resources.

U3

Understanding and involvement is fostered through cooperation and partnerships between stakeholders

U4

Opportunities are provided for building and improving the capacity of the community to understand and become involved in natural resource management.

 

 

Each objective and its associated strategies and actions are detailed below.

Objective U1:

Understandable information is readily accessible to all members of the community

Strategy U1.1:

Identify information and resource requirements to meet the needs of SEQ communities

Code

Actions Required

Priority & Locality

Current Actions

U1.1.1

Undertake information and resource audit and develop work program to fill gaps

Essential

 

U1.1.2

Collate and produce information in user friendly formats

Highly desirable

 

U1.1.3

Ensure adequate resources for all NRM managers and groups to access and disseminate information

Highly desirable

 

Strategy U1.2

Recognise existing sources of information.

Code

Actions Required

Priority & Locality

Current Actions

U1.2.1

Recognise and capture local knowledge and expertise.

Essential

 

U1.2.2

Ensure processes for identification of cultural places in partnership with traditional owners.

Highly desirable

 

 

Objective U2:

Educative components are integrated into the use and management of natural resources

Strategy U2.1:

Facilitate the development of South East Queensland specific education resources targeted at local needs

       

Code

Actions Required

Priority & Locality

Current Actions

U2.1.1

Develop government & non-government extension activities for practical, on the ground programs, eg pest management, farm forestry, fire management.

Essential

 

U2.1.2

Develop action-based programs that can be implemented at a local level

Highly desirable

 

U2.1.3

Develop an accredited ecotourism training program.

Highly desirable

 

U2.1.4

Ensure NRM & C information appropriate to the SEQ region is integrated into curricula at all levels of the formal education system.

Desirable

 

U2.1.5

Provide teacher support for the delivery of NRM topics through the school curriculum.

Desirable

 

U2.1.6

Ensure use of a range of media types and consultative methods appropriate to all SEQ communities

Desirable

 

 

Strategy U2.2

Ensure educative component incorporated in all natural resource management and conservation activities

Code

Actions Required

Priority & Locality

Current Actions

U2.2.1

Promote adoption of Best Management Practice

Essential

These Codes of Practice:

  • An Environmental Code of Practice for Agriculture
  • Sustainable cane growing in Queensland
  • Farmcare Guidelines (Qld Fruit & Vegetable Growers)

U2.2.2

Develop participatory monitoring and evaluation components in all education programs

Desirable

 

U2.2.3

Ensure promotion of economic and social benefits of improved NRM is incorporated in programs.

Desirable

 

 

Objective U3:

Understanding and involvement is fostered through cooperation and partnerships between stakeholders

   

Strategy U3.1:

Ensure coordination between technical, legislative, social and educative aspects of NRM

   

Code

Actions Required

Priority & Locality

Current Actions

U3.1.1

Ensure coordination and linkages between NRM & C and associated processes

Essential

WAMPs, ICM, RFGM

U3.1.2

Promote interchange of ideas to avoid duplication

Highly desirable

 

Strategy U3.2:

Facilitate and resource the development of effective partnerships between community, industry and government in decision-making and management

Code

Actions Required

Priority & Locality

Current Actions

U3.2.1

Develop cross cultural awareness programs for enhanced NRM

Highly desirable

 

U3.2.2

Through partnerships and networks, access traditional and historic NRM practices and integrate them with current NRM & C.

Highly desirable

 

U3.2.3

Facilitate and resource cross cultural partnerships between stakeholders (eg industry groups, conservation groups) for enhanced NRM & C.

Highly desirable

 

U3.2.4

Use effective partnerships and networks to address resource, support and information sharing deficiencies

Desirable

 

 

Objective U4:

Opportunities are provided for building and improving the capacity of the community to understand and become involved in natural resource management and conservation.

   

Strategy U4.1:

Enhance the skills base of stakeholders

Code

Actions Required

Priority & locality

Current Actions

U4.1.1

Develop monitoring and feedback programs for the improvement of existing NRM & C processes

Essential

 

U4.1.2

Develop specific programs to enhance the skills base of NRM stakeholders, including professional development programs.

Highly desirable

 

U4.1.3

Use partnerships and networks to enhance the involvement and skills base of the community

Desirable

 

Strategy U4.2:

Facilitate the effective participation of stakeholders in natural resource management and conservation.

Code

Actions Required

Priority & locality

Current Actions

U4.2.1

Adequately resource stakeholders to enable effective participation in NRM & C.

Essential

 

U4.2.2

Develop incentive, motivation and recognition programs

Highly desirable

  • Landcare awards

 

  1. Caring for Biodiversity (B)
    1. Issues

Diversity of nature is expressed in various ways. The number of different vegetation types, and plant and animal species are obvious measures. Combinations of landform, geology, climate, and vegetation have been used to describe and map ecosystems that are another means of assessing biodiversity.

South East Queensland has a wide and diverse range of natural resources and biosystems. The area contains a number of significant nature conservation values, including:

There is clear evidence that the above values, other nature conservation values, and the region’s land, vegetation and water resources are under threat of degradation. Emerging issues that threaten biodiversity include:

In particular, the threatening activities operating in South East Queensland include inappropriate land clearing and fire management, subdivision, mining, road and rail construction, and urban development. The principal factor in biodiversity protection in South East Queensland is the sustainable management of habitat.

    1. Goal
    2. We need to protect, restore and sustainable manage native plant and animal communities to ensure their survival and maintain biodiversity.

    3. Strategic Objectives

Three strategic objectives have been identified to enable us to care for our biodiversity in South East Queensland. They are:

B1

Our environment is managed so that plant and animal communities are protected and biodiversity is maintained.

B2

Riparian zones and streams are conserved and protected as part of an integrated land management system.

B3

Ecosystems, species and remnant vegetation are protected and conserved.

Each objective and its associated strategies and actions are detailed below.

Objective B1:

Our environment is managed so that plant and animal communities are protected and biodiversity is maintained.

Strategy B1.1:

Promote the incorporation of biodiversity conservation into land management practices.

Code

Actions Required

Priority & Locality

Current Actions

B1.1.1

Protect, restore and sustainably manage remnant vegetation in multiple land use situations.

Essential

 

B1.1.2

Develop strategic vegetation plans for terrestrial, freshwater and marine areas and implement these plans on a local and regional basis.

Essential

 

B1.1.3

Assess and address threats to the region’s natural biodiversity from invasive pest species by:

  • Assessing habitat values of exotic flora
  • Developing and promoting weed and feral animal control strategies using an ecosystem approach
  • Promoting and implementing local government pest management plans
  • Developing management mechanisms to target existing and potential environmental weeds

Essential

 

B1.1.4

Develop & implement fire management plans based on ecological principles.

Highly desirable

 

B1.1.5

Ensure environmental values are identified and protected before the adoption of recreational plans which allow for specific and multiple uses, and minimise the adverse impacts of recreational use on the region’s biodiversity, land and water resources.

Highly desirable

 

Strategy B1.2:

Support the acquisition of key biodiversity areas.

   

Code

Actions Required

Priority & Locality

Current Actions

B1.2.1

Refine, conserve and rehabilitate areas of critical and broad biodiversity through better forward planning.

Essential

 

B1.2.2

Identify, protect and manage key areas by a range of land management and tenure mechanisms.

Essential

 

 

 

Objective B2:

Riparian zones and streams are conserved and protected as part of an integrated land management system.

Strategy B2.1:

Define, protect and rehabilitate riparian areas.

   

Code

Actions Required

Priority & Locality

Current Actions

B2.1.1

Develop guidelines and implement riverine strategies for the protection and management of riparian areas.

Essential

DNR River Facts

Management of River and Creek Bank Plantings in Sub-tropical Coastal Riparian Rainforest

B2.1.2

Identify, retain, revegetate and manage important riparian areas, riverine aquatic habitat and wetlands.

Essential

The Condition of River Catchments in Queensland

B2.1.3

Resolve management and control issues in relation to ownership of high and low banks.

Essential

 

B2.1.4

Identify areas of streambank erosion and instream sedimentation, and implement remedial and protective actions.

Highly desirable

 

 

Strategy B2.2:

Improve the environmental and hydrological values of waterways.

   

Code

Actions Required

Priority & Locality

Current Actions

B2.2.1

Improve and maintain the integrity of instream biota, wetland habitats and related terrestrial biota.

Essential

 

B2.2.2

Identify barriers to fish movement and provide appropriate fishways where necessary.

Highly desirable

 

B2.2.3

Implement mechanisms to prevent the translocation and stocking of inappropriate species.

Highly desirable

 

 

Objective B3:

Ecosystems, species, and remnant vegetation are protected and conserved.

Strategy B3.1:

Promote the protection and conservation of ecosystems, species and remnant vegetation.

   

Code

Actions Required

Priority & Locality

Current Actions

B3.1.1

Identify ecosystems and species under current threat of degradation and/or already degraded in South East Queensland.

Essential

 

B3.1.2

Identify native vegetation at a scale appropriate for regional planning and action.

Essential

 

B3.1.3

Develop appropriate legislation at a whole-of-government level for vegetation management.

Essential

 

B3.1.4

Introduce mechanisms for protecting vegetation through statutory planning processes.

Essential

 

B3.1.5

Incorporate identified corridors, core areas and ecosystems into planning schemes across local authority areas.

Essential

 

B3.1.6

Develop and implement management and recovery plans and other programs for the efficient and cost-effective protection, restoration and rehabilitation of identified priority ecosystems to improve their conservation status.

Essential

 

B3.1.7

Monitor the rate of vegetation change in the SEQ Region and compare to established benchmarks.

Highly desirable

Statewide Landcover and Trees Study (DNR)

B3.1.8

Develop and promote vegetation management plans at a catchment level.

Highly desirable

 

Strategy B3.2:

Illustrate the economic and social benefits of improved vegetation management.

   

Code

Actions Required

Priority & Locality

Current Actions

B3.2.1

Introduce incentive schemes for the protection of vegetation and water supply catchments.

Essential

 

B3.2.2

Encourage activities that increase the coverage and improve the status of native flora and fauna in SEQ.

Highly desirable

 

B3.2.3

Promote the concept and practice of responsible stewardship over private land.

Highly desirable

Landcare movement

 

  1. Caring for our Water (W)
    1. Issues

Emerging issues that threaten our water resources include:

    1. Goal
    2. We need an adequate, sustainable supply of clean water to maintain ecological systems and support human needs.

    3. Strategic Objectives

Four strategic objectives have been identified to enable us to care for our water in South East Queensland. They are:

W1

Water quality is sustainably managed for the mutual benefit of people, flora and fauna.

W2

Water availability and use are sustainably managed for the mutual benefit of people, flora and fauna.

W3

Instream values and resources are managed and protected.

W4

Cultural and social values are an integral component of water care and water management.

Each objective and their associated strategies and actions are detailed below.

 

Objective W1:

Water quality is sustainably managed for the mutual benefit of people, flora and fauna.

Strategy W1.1

Promote the formulation and implementation of water quality guidelines and standards.

   

Code

Actions Required

Priority & Locality

Current Actions

W1.1.1

Identify, develop and use catchment health indicators.

Essential

 

W1.1.2

Determine requirements for environmental allocations.

Highly desirable

 

W1.1.3

Continue to assess freshwater quality and habitat against ANZECC guidelines.

Highly desirable

 

W1.1.4

Protect, restore and manage freshwater habitat values (including biotic and abiotic elements), both instream and at specific water bodies.

Highly desirable

 

 

 

Strategy W1.2:

Foster risk assessment, and the management and mitigation of erosion and sedimentation and other contaminants.

   

Code

Actions Required

Priority & Locality

Current Actions

W1.2.1

Research, develop and implement blue green algae mitigation plans.

Essential

 

W1.2.2

Identify livestock needs for water access and implement environmentally appropriate guidelines.

Highly desirable

 

W1.2.3

Identify and minimise point source pollutant discharges.

Highly desirable

 

W1.2.4

Identify and minimise non-point source pollutant discharges.

Highly desirable

 

W1.2.5

Develop and implement stormwater management plans.

Highly desirable

In progress in several local govt areas.

 

Objective W2:

Water availability and use are sustainably managed for the mutual benefit of people, flora and fauna.

Strategy W2.1:

Develop a whole of catchment collaborative approach to water availability and use with recognition of local and regional needs.

       

Code

Actions Required

Priority & Locality

Current Actions

W2.1.1

Define and measure the sustainable yields of water.

Essential

 

W2.1.2

Implement environmental flow management plans.

Highly desirable

 

W2.1.3

Identify groundwater recharge and discharge points, monitor their condition, and implement incentives for clean water production.

Highly desirable

 

W2.1.4

Ensure that use of the region’s groundwater is sustainable and its availability monitored.

Highly desirable

 

W2.1.5

Develop processes to minimise the adverse impacts of inter-catchment transfers.

Highly desirable

 

W2.1.6

Conduct flood management activities including the development of risk assessment plans, the identification of social issues, research into water harvesting, the determination of environmental flooding regimes, and the review of regulatory tools.

Highly desirable

 

W2.1.7

Develop guidelines for, promote and implement the safe re-use of water.

Desirable for region.

Essential for Lockyer Valley

 

 

 

StrategyW2.2:

Foster and encourage community involvement in water resource management.

   

Code

Actions Required

Priority & Locality

Current Actions

W2.2.1

Facilitate community participation in the planning, decision making and implementation of management plans for the Region’s water resources.

Essential

 

W2.2.2

Develop and implement incentives for clean water production and efficient use.

Highly desirable

 

W2.2.3

Identify and promote water conservation opportunities.

Highly desirable

 

 

Objective W3:

Cultural and social values are an integral component of water care and water management.

   

Strategy W3.1:

Facilitate and promote the value of local input into water resource management.

Code

Actions Required

Priority & Locality

Current Actions

W3.1.1

Facilitate and implement integrated catchment management by community-based committees.

Essential

 

W3.1.2

Identify, acknowledge and involve stakeholders with an interest in the use of water bodies.

Highly desirable

 

W3.1.3

Identify local social and cultural values in regard to flood management.

Desirable

Highly desirable: Bremer, Lockyer, Metropolitan Brisbane

 

W3.1.4

Promote the adoption of a freshwater protection ethic.

Desirable

 

 

Strategy W3.2:

Promote networking opportunities between water resource managers, users and educators.

   
 

Actions Required

Priority & Locality

Current Actions

W3.2.1

Establish appropriate forums between water resource managers, users and educators.

Essential

 

W3.2.2

Develop and maintain a skills and learning opportunities register.

Desirable

 

 

  1. Caring for our Land (L)
    1. Issues

Emerging issues that threaten our land resources include:

    1. Goal
    2. We need to protect and restore the healthy condition of our land to provide for the needs of all human and non-human residents of the region and to be kept in a healthy condition.

    3. Strategic Objectives

Three strategic objectives have been identified to enable us to care for our land in South East Queensland. They are:

L1

Best practice land use planning is encouraged and implemented.

L2

Best practice land management is encouraged and implemented.

L3

Waste is managed in an environmentally sustainable manner.

Each objective and their associated strategies are detailed below.

Objective L1:

Best practice land use planning is encouraged and implemented.

Strategy L1.1:

Promote and adopt sustainable land use planning practices.

   

Code

Actions Required

Priority & Locality

Current Actions

 

Identify and protect significant wetlands

Essential

 
 

Identify and protect good quality agricultural lands (and develop criteria for classifying this land use)

Essential: Redlands

Highly desirable: coastal hinterland

 

L1.1.3

Adopt catchment-based flood plain management planning processes to reduce flood damage and potential loss of life, while maximising ecological values.

Essential

 

L1.1.5

Ensure residential development is located in appropriate, well-serviced locations with minimal encroachment on areas of natural, agricultural and extractive resource significance.

Essential

 
 

Identify and protect water catchment areas

Highly desirable

 

 

Objective L2:

Best practice land management is encouraged and implemented.

Strategy L2.1:

Promote the sustainable use and best practice management of the region’s land resource

   

Code

Actions Required

Priority & Locality

Current Actions

L2.1.1

Research, develop and implement best practice management for natural and modified systems.

Essential

Codes of Practice for agriculture

L2.1.2

Make use of traditional land use knowledge and practices through involvement of traditional owners.

Essential

 

L2.1.3

Develop and implement risk management strategies in regard to acid sulfate soils.

Essential

 

L2.1.4

Research, develop and implement best management practices for soil husbandry

Essential

 

L2.1.5

Research, develop and implement best management practices for contaminated land (make the contaminated lands register accessible)

Essential

 

L2.1.6

Research, develop and implement best management practices for chemical and fertiliser use

Essential

 

L2.1.7

Develop and implement risk management strategies in regard to soil salinity

Essential

 

L2.1.8

Develop and implement risk management strategies in regard to soil acidity

Highly desirable

 

L2.1.9

Develop and implement risk management strategies in regard to climatic variations

Desirable

 

L2.1.10

Develop and implement risk management strategies in regard to resource accounting

Desirable

 

L2.1.11

Investigate various techniques of monitoring land changes over the long-term including traditional, cultural and scientific methods.

Desirable

 

 

 

Strategy L2.2:

Promote sustainable native forest management on public and private lands.

   

Code

Actions Required

Priority & locality

Current Actions

L2.2.1

Research, develop and implement best management practices for forest management

Essential

 

L2.2.2

Promote farm forestry, protect the right to harvest and identify suitable areas and species for farm forestry use.

Highly desirable

 

L2.2.3

Identify and assess areas for sustainable native forestry.

Highly desirable

Regional Forest Agreement

L2.2.4

Identify and protect old growth forest values

Highly desirable

Regional Forest Agreement

Strategy L2.3:

Enhance the involvement of the urban community, rural residential community and industry in sustainable land management.

   

Code

Actions Required

Priority & locality

Current Actions

L2.3.3

Promote whole farm planning based on the sustainability of a property’s natural resources

  • Develop and adopt sustainable grazing practices
  • Maintain natural drainage lines
  • Minimise impact of man-made structures
  • Construct farm dams in accordance with good land and water planning principles

Essential

 

L2.3.1

Demonstrate the economic and social benefits of improved land management.

Highly desirable

 

L2.3.4

Ensure the involvement of mining and extractive industries in integrated catchment management.

Highly desirable

 

L2.3.6

Promote and provide incentives for sustainable land use practices

Highly desirable

 

L2.3.2

Develop procedures and incentives for minimising costs to the community of managing green space.

Desirable

 

 

Objective L3:

Waste is managed in an environmentally sustainable manner.

Strategy L3.1:

Promote alternative, efficient and environmentally sensitive waste management systems.

   

Code

Actions Required

Priority & locality

Current Actions

L3.1.1

Adopt best practice for waste management.

Essential

 

L3.1.2

Identify and manage suitable sites for land fill

Essential

 

L3.1.3

Review poorly sited and managed landfills and where necessary, rehabilitate closed sites.

Highly desirable

 

L3.1.4

Investigate and implement opportunities for re-use of wastewater and waste product.

Highly desirable

 

 

  1. Caring for our coast and seas (C)
    1. Issues

The coastal zone of South East Queensland is one of the most heavily impacted areas of the state but it contains some of the most diverse natural habitats in Queensland. These include major sand islands with a variety of land uses including urban development, sandmining and nature conservation. A variety of smaller islands range from near pristine to heavily developed.

Moreton Bay has a variety of unique habitat values that include wetlands and foreshores listed under the internationally significant Ramsar agreement, and limited banks of corals characteristic of inshore reefs. The Bay also supports large populations of dugong and turtle which is unusual for an area in such close proximity to a major urban centre such as Brisbane (QFMA, 1997).

Moreton Bay is one of Queensland’s most important coastal resources. In addition to its natural attributes, the Bay contributes significantly to the economy of the region and the State through a wide range of commercial and recreational uses. These include shipping, extractive industries, commercial and recreational fishing, tourism and a variety of recreation activities.

As well as the major river catchments in South East Queensland, there are a large number of small streams flowing directly to the sea. Many of these are in urban areas and have a separate range of issues to larger catchments, as well as many issues in common. Some of the important issues in these catchments are: storm floods; urban weeds; loss of biodiversity; disruption of riparian corridors; runoff from domestic chemicals and fertilizers, roads and shopping centres; and, acid leachate from acid sulfate soil disturbance.

Studies of the ecological health of coastal waters, particularly Moreton Bay, have flagged a number of environmental warning signs, including:

These signs indicate that the marine environment will need careful monitoring and intervention if sustainability is to be maintained and highlight the integral link between freshwater and coastal marine environments. A number of high impact areas with respect to the above environmental warning signs in Moreton Bay include:

Moreton Bay and Pumicestone Passage are recognised on a global scale for their unique aquatic environs that cover a range from seagrass meadows to coral beds, for fish and crustaceans, turtles and dugongs. Increased exploitation of the area by all users and interaction between these users will inevitably result in a range of conflicts. Appropriate management strategies are required to ensure the effects and implications of this conflict are minimised.

    1. Goal
    2. We need to maintain, rehabilitate and protect our coastal and marine ecosystems.

    3. Strategic objectives

Four strategic objectives have been identified to enable us to maintain, rehabilitate and protect our coastal and marine ecosystems. They are:

C1

The quality of coastal waters continually improves.

C2

Human activity is managed to allow equitable access and minimise impact on coastal resources.

C3

Protection and enhancement of the resources of our coast and seas.

C4

The community is well educated and informed about our coast and seas.

Each objective and its associated strategies and actions are detailed below.

Objective C1:

The quality of coastal waters continually improves.

Strategy C1.1:

Manage the improvement of marine and estuarine water quality.

Code

Actions Required

Priority & locality

Current Actions

C1.1.1

Establish benchmarks for coastal water quality assessment.

Essential

 

C1.1.2

Implement and enforce existing pollution control mechanisms.

Highly desirable

 

C1.1.3

Formulate and implement best management practices for sewage disposal and re-use.

Highly desirable

 

Strategy C1.2:

Manage and control development and land use on acid sulfate soils.

Code

Actions Required

Priority & locality

Current Actions

C1.2.1

Develop and enforce appropriate strategies for development on acid sulfate soils

Essential

 

C1.2.2

Determine extent of acid sulfate soils at an appropriate level.

Highly desirable

 

Objective C2:

Human activity is managed to allow equitable access and minimise impact on coastal resources.

Strategy C2.1:

Implement appropriate strategies to manage environmental flows

Code

Actions Required

Priority & Locality

Current Actions

C2.1.1

Improve understanding of environmental flows

Highly desirable

 

C2.1.2

Develop appropriate guidelines for resource usage based on sustainable environmental flows

Highly desirable

 

C2.1.3

Assess the impact of extractive resource usage on environmental flows

Highly desirable

 

C2.1.4

Develop appropriate indicators to assess environmental flow.

Desirable

 

Strategy C2.2

Develop and implement best management practice for the sustainable use of coastal and marine resources.

Code

Actions Required

Priority & Locality

Current Actions

C2.2.1

Improve information and understanding of the impact of commercial and recreational fishing as a foundation for developing appropriate strategies to manage these activities.

Essential

 

C2.2.2

Develop strategies to assess, manage and regulate the input and extraction of marine material, and explore innovative alternatives.

Highly desirable

 

C2.2.3

Collect historical and current information and build understanding of the extent and impact of mangrove destruction and re-distribution

Highly desirable

 

C2.2.4

Develop and implement rigorous management of port operations.

Desirable regionally

Essential in Brisbane

 

C2.2.5

Revise, implement and enforce existing development control mechanisms for canal and marina development

Desirable

 

C2.2.6

Develop indicators for threshold information to guide ecotourism and recreational activities.

Desirable

 

Objective C3:

Protection and enhancement of the resources of our coast and seas.

Strategy C3.1:

Enhance biodiversity in coastal ecosystems

Code

Actions Required

Priority & Locality

Current Actions

C3.1.1

Protect vulnerable coastal ecosystems

Essential

Coastal Management Plan being developed by DEH

C3.1.2

Assess the implications of recreational fishing in conservation reserves.

Essential

 

C3.1.3

Develop and implement freshwater habitat rehabilitation plans

Essential

 

C3.1.4

Assess the impact of upstream and downstream activities on fish breeding

Highly desirable

 

C3.1.5

Identify critical barriers to fish movement and remove, or provide fishways.

Highly desirable

 

C3.1.6

Control the impacts of non-indigenous species on our coasts and seas.

Desirable

 

C3.1.7

Encourage the re-introduction of native fish stock to regional waterways.

Desirable

 

C3.1.8

Monitor and research the distribution, population and migration of marine flora and fauna and formulate mechanisms to protect the biodiversity of this resource.

Desirable

 

 

 

Strategy C3.2:

Protect dynamic coastal landforms

Code

Actions Required

Priority & Locality

Current Actions

C3.2.1

Protect and manage our beaches and dunes

Essential

 

C3.2.2

Improve understanding and minimise the influence of human activity on dynamic coastal landforms and natural coastal erosive processes.

Highly desirable

 

C3.2.3

Promote effective use of environmental levies to protect our coasts and seas.

Desirable

 

 

Objective C4:

A community that is well educated and informed about our coast and seas.

   

StrategyC4.1

Build community ownership and responsibility for our coast and seas.

Code

Actions Required

Priority & Locality

Current Actions

C4.1.1

Communicate the importance of management strategies for our coasts and seas to the community.

Essential

 

C4.1.2

Build recognition and understanding of indigenous issues and contributions in the community.

Essential

 

C4.1.3

Involve the community in a coordinated approach to coastal water resource management

Essential

 

C4.1.4

Foster community understanding of the impacts of pollution on our coasts and seas.

Desirable

 

C4.1.5

Improve community understanding of environmental flows and encourage participation in monitoring programs.

Desirable

 

 

  1. Integrated planning and coordination (P)
    1. Issues

Until recently, the basic approach to planning and development had changed little since the 1930s. However, in recent years, community consciousness of a broader range of environmental and social considerations has increased. This has been coupled with greater demands for public accountability and public involvement in the decision making process. Corresponding pressure on Governments has resulted in layer upon layer of State and local government regulation being added to deal with each new issue, with little thought given to the impact on the system as a whole. As a result, more than 400 separate approval processes in 60 different Acts of Parliament related to development alone. (Draft Integrated Planning Bill — Fact Sheet 1; August 1997; Queensland Department of Local Government and Planning). There was clearly a need for streamlining and integration of the development approval process.

Consequently, in March 1998, a new Integrated Planning Act (IPA) was passed, the purpose of which is to achieve ecological sustainability by:

(Integrated Planning Act 1997)

The implications of IPA from a natural resource management perspective are monumental and complement NRM strategy development in that it seeks to:

The Act states that core matters to be dealt with in a local government’s planning scheme include ‘valuable features’ which are described as:

  1. resources or areas that are of ecological significance (such as habitats, wildlife corridors, buffer zones, places supporting biological diversity or resilience, and features contributing to the quality of air, water (including catchments or recharge areas) and soil);
  2. areas contributing significantly to amenity ….
  3. areas or places of cultural heritage significance ….
  4. resources or areas of economic value (such as extractive deposits, forestry resources, water resource, sources of renewable and non-renewable energy and good quality agricultural land).

(Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel, 1997; 268-269)

The need to consider these valuable features increases the responsibilities of local governments with regard to the protection and sustainable management of those features. It will be important to coordinate and integrate regional and catchment level natural resource management strategies with local government planing schemes and associated documents. This presents opportunities for state and local government and community groups to coordinate the implementation of their various strategic and management plans.

    1. Goal
    2. We need an integrated and coordinated approach to plan for appropriate and equitable protection, allocation and sustainable use and management of natural resources to meet the region’s ecological, economic and social needs.

    3. Strategic objectives
    4. Four strategic objectives have been identified to enable us to sustainably manage our natural resources to meet our needs. They are:

      P1

      Resources are allocated equitably, to cater for human and non-human needs.

      P2

      Information regarding sustainability of resources is readily available to the community.

      P3

      Resource sustainability is achieved through appropriate planning and regulation.

      P4

      Management strategies and techniques are designed to achieve resource sustainability.

      Each objective and its associated strategies and actions are listed below.

      Objective P1:

      Resources are allocated equitably, to cater for human and non-human needs.

      Strategy P1.1:

      Develop an integrated regional approach to natural resource development

         
       

      Actions Required

      Priority & Locality

      Current Actions

      P1.1.1

      Encourage the identification and assessment of natural resource reserves for allocation.

      Essential

       

      P1.1.2

      Develop a regulatory framework for the identification, protection and allocation of future and existing extractive industry resources, including associated haulage routes.

      Essential

       

      P1.1.2

      Develop a regulatory framework to identify and protect ecotourism resources.

      Highly desirable

      Regional Landscape Strategy (DNR)

       

      Objective P2:

      Information regarding sustainability of resources is readily available to the community.

      Strategy P2.1

      Develop a comprehensive inventory and assessment of regional landscape resources.

         

      Code

      Actions Required

      Priority & Locality

      Current Actions

      S2.1.1

      Identify and map protected geological features.

         

      S2.1.2

      Assess risks and map affected area for salinity.

         

      S2.1.3

      Continue detailed mapping of potential and existing acid sulfate soil risks and acid mine water risks.

         

       

       

      Strategy P2.2

      Develop and distribute information to assist decision-making.

       

      Actions Required

      Priority & Locality

      Current Actions

      P2.2.1

      Develop and distribute information of best management practices.

      Essential

       

      P2.2.2

      Develop a readily accessible database of current and past activities.

      Essential

       

      P2.2.3

      Resolve the definition of natural resources.

      Essential

       

      P2.2.4

      Develop and implement policies and methods to determine sustainable yield of natural resources

      Highly desirable

       

      P2.2.5

      Generate and develop information on levels of demand for natural resources, demand management and investigate alternatives.

      Highly desirable

       

      Strategy 2.3:

      Develop and implement benchmarks for the monitoring of natural resource conditions and trends.

         

      Code

      Actions Required

      Priority & Locality

      Current Actions

      P2.3.1

      Determine and implement appropriate standards and indicators for the measurement of natural resource conditions and trends.

      Essential

       

      P2.3.2

      Implement and coordinate state of environment reporting for natural resources.

      Highly desirable

      Brisbane City Council, Gold Coast City Council.

       

    5. Objective P3
    6. Resource sustainability is achieved through appropriate planning and regulation.

      Strategy 3.1:

      Plan and manage the supply of extractive resources taking account of social and environmental factors.

         

      Code

      Actions Required

      Priority & Locality

      Current Actions

      P3.1.1

      Develop regulation and regional use, management and rehabilitation plans for extractive industries.

      Essential

       

      P3.1.2

      Develop strategies for influencing mining decisions that fully consider biodiversity, ecological processes and social factors.

      Highly desirable

       

      P3.1.3

      Encourage appropriate local government planning to protect existing quarry operations and haulage routes from urban encroachment.

      Desirable

       

      P3.1.4

      Plan and protect the infrastructure requirements of allocated resource reserves.

      Desirable

       

       

       

      Strategy P3.2:

      Improve the effectiveness and coordination of planning, regulatory and administrative arrangements for natural resource management.

         

      Code

      Actions Required

      Priority & Locality

      Current Actions

      P3.2.1

      Establish appropriate forums and administrative arrangements to promote effective coordination for natural resource management and conservation.

      Essential

       

      P3.2.2

      Develop taxation and financial options to encourage long term financial viability for all natural resource management groups and individual managers

      Essential

       

      P3.2.3

      Develop a plan to provide for ecotourism infrastructure that minimises impacts on core conservation areas.

      Highly desirable

       

      P3.2.4

      Investigate the use of alternative land valuations as a planning tool to encourage sustainable resource management.

      Desirable

       

      P3.2.5

      Investigate legislative support for natural resource management groups.

      Desirable

       

      P3.2.6

      Encourage the identification of ecotourism areas in planning schemes.

      Desirable

       

       

      Objective P4:

      Management strategies and techniques are designed to achieve resource sustainability.

      Strategy P4.1:

      Develop and implement principles and best practice for ecologically sustainable yield management of natural resources.

         

      Code

      Actions Required

      Priority & Locality

      Current Actions

      P4.1.1

      Develop and implement guidelines for private and public forestry to ensure minimal impact on environmental values and biodiversity.

      Essential

       

      P4.1.2

      Develop and implement management practices and tools to improve and sustain financial viability of natural resource industries.

      Essential

       

      P4.1.3

      Develop and promote the adoption of best practice for integrated pest management.

      Highly desirable

       

      P4.1.4

      Develop, introduce and regulate accreditation for ecotourism operators.

      Highly desirable

       

      P4.1.5

      Develop and implement strategies for demand management and investigate alternatives, eg gravel, top soil, ecotourism.

      Desirable

       

       

       

      Strategy P4.2:

      Establish programs for the monitoring and regulation of management practices and standards, including government and non-government options.

         

      Code

      Actions Required

      Priority & Locality

      Current Actions

      S4.2.2

      Continually monitor and review management practices on lands and waters resulting from previous disturbance on acidic substrates.

      Highly desirable

       

      S4.2.3

      Finalise and implement the South East Queensland Regional Air Quality Strategy

      Desirable