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THE QLD VEG ACT FAILS TO RESOLVE VEGETATION PROTECTION IN QLD

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September 8, 2000


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THE QLD VEG ACT FAILS TO RESOLVE VEGETATION PROTECTION IN QLD

Despite some more areas to be protected in SEQ

By proclaiming the gutted Vegetation Management Act, the Premier has failed to deliver for the wildlife and the people of SEQ. The amount of vegetation protected is insufficient for the future survival of our wildlife, the health of our catchments or the protection of our coasts. The VMA will only stop 13.9% of the 10,949 ha of annual tree clearing in the SEQ bioregion.

Out of 2.68 Million Ha of remnant vegetation in SEQ Bioregion some 146,600 ha will be protected by the Qld Vegetation Management Act (VMA) or 5.4% of remnant vegetation.

Little extra vegetation will be protected in Brisbane City(2%), Gold Coast City (0.2%) or in the Beaudesert(2%), Redcliffe(0%), Kilcoy(2.1%), Maroochy(4.25%), Pine Rivers(0.94%) and Redlands Shires(0.68%).

In the 18 Local Authorities making up the SEQ2001 Region some 40,623 ha will be protected which is only 5.1% of the 798,551 ha of remnant vegetation leaving 105,000 ha of "Of Concern" ecosystems unprotected.

No measures for ongoing management of retained vegetation has been delivered, all references to financial incentives and structural adjustment funding have been removed from the Freehold Vegetation policy.

 

Table 1 Outcomes using Draft VMA Regulation 2000

Table 2 STATE OUTCOMES Qld Vegetation Regulation 2000

The Way Forward ?

More Implications in SEQ

The VMA fails to protect urban land from degradation which includes all land designated for urban, future urban or rural residental purposes. This means the VMA will not stop clearing on slopes, acid sulphate soils or in areas that would lead to salinity in urban areas.

The VMA Section 84(1)f and h make most tree clearing unassessable in SEQ.

If IPA says that something is "exempt development" a planning scheme cannot make it assessable. The legal question is does this mean all tree clearing under Sec84 a-h is unassessable or exempt development under IPA ? If this is so then councils will find it hard to expand beyond the bare minimum under the VMA.

There has been no explanation of how the broader components, if any, in the Regional Vegetation Management Plan(RVMP) can be acted on by Local Authorities. No mechanism is detailed to implement RVMP outcomes if assessment is not triggered. Assessment will only be triggered for endangered ecosystems which means the RVMP will have no real effect of vegetation management in this region.

Despite Sec 7 the VMA, IPA and the Amended Local Govt Act will restrict future measures by councils to protect vegetation such as local laws, VPOs. This will stop some councils from protecting against "pre-emptive" clearing .

 


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Table 1 Outcomes using Draft VMA Regulation 2000

Vegetation Protection Outcomes of the Amended Vegetation Management Act

By Local Government using Draft VMA regulation 2000

Woody

Endangered

VMA %Veg

OC Veg

% Veg

Veg97

Clear97

Ha 1995

Protected

Ha 1995

Of Concern

BEAUDESERT

152,824

131,925

2989.2

1.96%

16,765

10.97%

BOONAH

69,058

79,109

2166.4

3.14%

7,845

11.36%

CABOOLTURE

66,119

58,884

3935.3

5.95%

5,729

8.66%

CAMBOOYA

16,752

46,264

NA

NA

NA

NA

CITY_OF_BRISBANE

57,444

59,541

1137.8

1.98%

1,618

2.82%

CITY_OF_CALOUNDRA

72,016

40,564

3252.3

4.52%

4,353

6.04%

CITY_OF_GOLD_COAST

78,047

66,765

154.5

0.20%

800

1.03%

CITY_OF_IPSWICH

70,317

106,646

4715.2

6.71%

6,353

9.04%

CITY_OF_LOGAN

12,463

12,339

1196.2

9.60%

308

2.47%

CITY_OF_REDCLIFFE

1,486

2,603

0

0.00%

200

13.42%

CITY_OF_TOOWOOMBA

6,012

5,639

NA

NA

NA

NA

CROWS_NEST

70,838

91,779

NA

NA

NA

NA

ESK

192,190

206,171

6876.2

3.58%

31,688

16.49%

GATTON

101,722

55,783

4999.3

4.91%

7,001

6.88%

KILCOY

91,362

52,842

1954.9

2.14%

4,843

5.30%

LAIDLEY

27,522

42,167

788.6

2.87%

2,958

10.75%

MAROOCHY

78,142

37,912

3317.9

4.25%

3,437

4.40%

NANANGO

75,088

97,847

NA

NA

NA

NA

NOOSA

57,519

28,964

2464

4.28%

10,694

18.59%

PINE_RIVERS

45,518

31,679

428.4

0.94%

488

1.07%

REDLAND

36,279

17,666

247.3

0.68%

873

2.41%

ROSALIE

44,806

175,003

NA

NA

NA

NA

TOTAL

1,423,271

1,448,344

40,624

2.85%

105,953

7.44%

 

THE WAY FORWARD ?

 

For More Information Contact

BREC Coordinator Michael Petter on 39015577 or 38990537 AH


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Table 2 State Outcomes Qld Vegetation Management Regulation 2000

Data from Herbarium Aug 2000 Clearing rates 95-97 and Est 2000 Remnant Areas

Biogeographic Region

Est 2000 Remnant Protected Freehold

Est 2000 Remnant Protected Leasehold

Est 2000 Remnant in Reserve

Total Est 2000 Remnant Protected

Total 2000 Veg Remnant

% Area Est 2000 Remnant Veg

%Est 2000 Remnant Veg Protectd

North West Highlands

0

0

291,259

291,259

7,281,484

99.55%

4.00%

Gulf Plains

0

0

877,949

877,949

21,948,715

99.76%

4.00%

Cape York Peninsula

0

213,841

1,572,501

1,786,342

12,096,163

99.42%

14.77%

Mitchell Grass Downs

0

133,932

416,202

550,133

20,201,296

83.53%

2.72%

Channel Country

0

4,600

1,663,871

1,668,471

23,769,590

99.81%

7.02%

Mulgalands

40,422

50,376

514,470

605,268

15,310,724

82.76%

3.95%

Wet Tropics

4,000

25,600

563,548

593,148

1,153,200

58.13%

51.43%

Central Mackay Coast

22,620

116,108

331,052

469,780

1,039,364

72.00%

45.20%

Einasleigh Uplands

0

89,000

332,456

421,456

11,081,880

93.43%

3.80%

Desert Uplands

423

113,948

168,331

282,702

5,646,988

80.32%

5.01%

Brigalow Belt

320,242

1,359,588

2,998,066

4,677,897

14,394,965

39.53%

32.50%

Southeast Qld

92,628

50,396

1,063,688

1,206,713

2,445,089

39.36%

49.35%

New England Tableland

20,000

2,723

74,042

96,765

266,009

34.32%

36.38%

Totals

500,336

2,160,112

10,867,436

13,527,883

136,635,467

78.66%

9.90%

reserves includes state forests as well as conservation and national parks

Biogeographic Region

% Area of Bioregion protected

Annual Clearing (95-97)

% annual clearing (95-97) stopped by VMA

Unprotectd OC Remnants

Annual OC Clearing FH 1997

Annual OC Clearing(95-97) as % of OC remaining

North West Highlands

3.98%

420

0.00%

0

NA

NA

Gulf Plains

3.99%

3,399

0.00%

0

NA

NA

Cape York Peninsula

14.68%

1,730

0.00%

44,550

NA

NA

Mitchell Grass Downs

2.27%

16,734

12.31%

152,195

7,750

5.09%

Channel Country

7.01%

1,886

0.00%

50

NA

NA

Mulgalands

3.27%

40,549

6.00%

208,847

8,526

4.08%

Wet Tropics

29.90%

1,778

0.00%

31,000

NA

NA

Central Mackay Coast

32.54%

4,392

43.85%

9,449

1,029

10.89%

Einasleigh Uplands

3.55%

4,277

0.00%

8,000

NA

NA

Desert Uplands

4.02%

29,268

4.77%

30,936

695

2.25%

Brigalow Belt

12.85%

132,848

29.42%

937,318

30,556

3.26%

Southeast Qld

19.42%

10,949

13.9%

237,676

3,278

1.38%

New England Tableland

12.48%

1,150

15.93%

59,139

614

1.04%

Totals

7.79%

248,263

20.38%

1,719,159

49,170

2.86%