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NATURE CONSERVATION (PROTECTED PLANTS) AND OTHER LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 2013

          Queensland



Nature Conservation
(Protected Plants) and Other
Legislation Amendment
Bill 2013

 


 

 

Queensland Nature Conservation (Protected Plants) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 Contents Page Part 1 Preliminary 1 Short title . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 2 Commencement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Part 2 Amendment of Nature Conservation Act 1992 3 Act amended . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 4 Amendment of s 67 (Compensation when protected area declared) 4 5 Amendment of s 84 (Property in protected plants). . . . . . . . . . . . 5 6 Insertion of new pt 5, div 4, sdiv 1 hdg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 7 Relocation and renumbering of s 88B (Offence to keep or use native wildlife reasonably suspected to have been unlawfully taken) . . . 5 8 Insertion of new pt 5, div 4, sdiv 2 hdg and s 88D . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Subdivision 2 Particular restrictions relating to protected plants 88D Regulation may prescribe special least concern plants 6 9 Amendment of s 89 (Restriction on taking etc. particular protected plants). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 10 Amendment of s 90 (Restriction on using particular protected plants) 7 11 Insertion of new pt 5, div 4, sdiv 3 hdg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 12 Amendment of s 95 (Payment of conservation value) . . . . . . . . . 8 13 Amendment of s 97 (Restriction on taking etc. of native wildlife in areas of major interest and critical habitats). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 14 Amendment, relocation and renumbering of s 126 (Compensation) 9 15 Insertion of new pt 7A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Part 7A Regulations identifying critical habitats or areas of major interest

 


 

Nature Conservation (Protected Plants) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 Contents 126A Local governments' decisions to be consistent with regulations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 16 Amendment of s 134 (Records to be maintained by registrar) . . . 10 17 Amendment of s 138 (Compensation not payable) . . . . . . . . . . . 12 18 Amendment of s 173G (Effect of orders) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 19 Insertion of new s 174B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 174B Chief executive may make assessment guidelines . . 12 20 Amendment of s 175 (Regulation-making power) . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 21 Amendment of schedule (Dictionary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Part 3 Amendment of Sustainable Planning Act 2009 22 Act amended . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 23 Amendment of sch 3 (Dictionary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Part 4 Amendment of Vegetation Management Act 1999 24 Act amended . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 25 Amendment of sch (Dictionary) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Page 2

 


 

2013 A Bill for An Act to amend the Nature Conservation Act 1992, the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and the Vegetation Management Act 1999 for particular purposes

 


 

Nature Conservation (Protected Plants) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 Part 1 Preliminary [s 1] The Parliament of Queensland enacts-- 1 Part 1 Preliminary 2 Clause 1 Short title 3 This Act may be cited as the Nature Conservation (Protected 4 Plants) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2013. 5 Clause 2 Commencement 6 This Act commences on a day to be fixed by proclamation. 7 Part 2 Amendment of Nature 8 Conservation Act 1992 9 Clause 3 Act amended 10 This part amends the Nature Conservation Act 1992. 11 Clause 4 Amendment of s 67 (Compensation when protected area 12 declared) 13 (1) Section 67(8)(b)(i), before `conservation plan'-- 14 insert-- 15 regulation or 16 (2) Section 67(8)(b)(iii), from `plan' to `after'-- 17 omit, insert-- 18 regulation or conservation plan identifying the area as, 19 or including, a critical habitat or area of major interest 20 continues to apply to the area after the 21 Page 4

 


 

Nature Conservation (Protected Plants) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 Part 2 Amendment of Nature Conservation Act 1992 [s 5] (3) Section 67(8)(b)(iv), from `section 126' to `plan'-- 1 omit, insert-- 2 section 137A in relation to the land because of the 3 making of the regulation or approval of the 4 conservation plan identifying the area as, or including, 5 a critical habitat or area of major interest 6 (4) Section 67(9), definition existing use, `commencement of the 7 declaration or regulation that restricts or prohibits the use.'-- 8 omit, insert-- 9 restriction or prohibition imposed under the 10 declaration or regulation mentioned in subsection (1) 11 started applying to the land. 12 Clause 5 Amendment of s 84 (Property in protected plants) 13 Section 84(2)(b), before `conservation plan'-- 14 insert-- 15 regulation or 16 Clause 6 Insertion of new pt 5, div 4, sdiv 1 hdg 17 Part 5, division 4, before section 88-- 18 insert-- 19 Subdivision 1 Particular restrictions 20 relating to protected 21 animals 22 Clause 7 Relocation and renumbering of s 88B (Offence to keep or 23 use native wildlife reasonably suspected to have been 24 unlawfully taken) 25 Section 88B-- 26 relocate to after section 90 and renumber as section 90A. 27 Page 5

 


 

Nature Conservation (Protected Plants) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 Part 2 Amendment of Nature Conservation Act 1992 [s 8] Clause 8 Insertion of new pt 5, div 4, sdiv 2 hdg and s 88D 1 Part 5, division 4, before section 89-- 2 insert-- 3 Subdivision 2 Particular restrictions 4 relating to protected plants 5 88D Regulation may prescribe special least 6 concern plants 7 (1) A regulation may prescribe a least concern plant 8 to be a special least concern plant for this 9 subdivision. 10 (2) A least concern plant may be prescribed under 11 subsection (1) if the taking or use of the plant is 12 at risk of not being ecologically sustainable, 13 including, for example, because of-- 14 (a) high commercial demand for the plant or a 15 part of the plant; or 16 (b) the biological traits of the plant. 17 Clause 9 Amendment of s 89 (Restriction on taking etc. particular 18 protected plants) 19 (1) Section 89(1), `unless--'-- 20 omit, insert-- 21 unless the plant is taken under-- 22 (2) Section 89(1)(a) to (h)-- 23 omit, insert-- 24 (a) a conservation plan applicable to the plant; 25 or 26 (b) a licence, permit or other authority issued or 27 given under a regulation; or 28 (c) an exemption under a regulation. 29 Page 6

 


 

Nature Conservation (Protected Plants) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 Part 2 Amendment of Nature Conservation Act 1992 [s 10] (3) Section 89(5), definitions assessable development, building, 1 concurrence agency policy, development approval, regional 2 vegetation management code and relevant development 3 activity-- 4 omit. 5 (4) Section 89(5), definition class 1 offence, paragraph (c), 6 `rare'-- 7 omit, insert-- 8 special least concern 9 (5) Section 89(5), definition class 2 offence, paragraph (b), 10 `rare'-- 11 omit, insert-- 12 special least concern 13 (6) Section 89(5), definition class 3 offence, paragraph (b), 14 `rare'-- 15 omit, insert-- 16 special least concern 17 Clause 10 Amendment of s 90 (Restriction on using particular 18 protected plants) 19 (1) Section 90(1)(a), after `issued'-- 20 insert-- 21 or given 22 (2) Section 90(2), definition class 1 offence, `rare or near 23 threatened'-- 24 omit, insert-- 25 near threatened or special least concern 26 Clause 11 Insertion of new pt 5, div 4, sdiv 3 hdg 27 Part 5, division 4, after section 90-- 28 Page 7

 


 

Nature Conservation (Protected Plants) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 Part 2 Amendment of Nature Conservation Act 1992 [s 12] insert-- 1 Subdivision 3 Other restrictions 2 Clause 12 Amendment of s 95 (Payment of conservation value) 3 (1) Section 95(1), `subsection (8)'-- 4 omit, insert-- 5 subsections (8) and (9) 6 (2) Section 95-- 7 insert-- 8 (9) Also, the conservation value of a protected plant 9 is not payable by a person if the person takes a 10 protected plant under an authority and pays, 11 within 30 days after the plant is taken, the 12 amount, if any, that the authority states must be 13 paid for the taking of the plant. 14 (10) For subsection (9), the amount stated on the 15 authority must not be more than the conservation 16 value for the protected plant. 17 (11) In this section-- 18 authority means a licence, permit or other 19 authority issued or given under a regulation or 20 conservation plan. 21 Clause 13 Amendment of s 97 (Restriction on taking etc. of native 22 wildlife in areas of major interest and critical habitats) 23 Section 97(1) and (2), `conservation plan'-- 24 omit, insert-- 25 regulation or conservation plan 26 Page 8

 


 

Nature Conservation (Protected Plants) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 Part 2 Amendment of Nature Conservation Act 1992 [s 14] Clause 14 Amendment, relocation and renumbering of s 126 1 (Compensation) 2 (1) Section 126, heading, after `Compensation'-- 3 insert-- 4 if landholder's interest in land injuriously affected 5 (2) Section 126(1)(a)-- 6 omit, insert-- 7 (a) a regulation is made, or a conservation plan 8 is approved, for an area identified under the 9 regulation or plan as, or including, a critical 10 habitat or an area of major interest; and 11 (3) Section 126(1)(b), before `plan'-- 12 insert-- 13 regulation or 14 (4) Section 126(3), from `conservation' to `the plan.'-- 15 omit, insert-- 16 regulation or conservation plan is the same, or to the 17 same effect, as a provision of another law applying to 18 the land immediately before the restriction or 19 prohibition started applying to the land. 20 (5) Section 126(5)(b), `approval of the conservation plan'-- 21 omit, insert-- 22 making of the regulation or approval of the 23 conservation plan, 24 (6) Section 126(6)(b) and (c), before `approval'-- 25 insert-- 26 making of the regulation or 27 (7) Section 126(8), definition existing use, `commencement of the 28 conservation plan that restricts or prohibits the use.'-- 29 omit, insert-- 30 Page 9

 


 

Nature Conservation (Protected Plants) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 Part 2 Amendment of Nature Conservation Act 1992 [s 15] restriction or prohibition imposed under the regulation 1 or conservation plan mentioned in subsection (1) 2 started applying to the land. 3 (8) Section 126-- 4 relocate to part 8 and renumber as section 137A. 5 Clause 15 Insertion of new pt 7A 6 After part 7-- 7 insert-- 8 Part 7A Regulations identifying 9 critical habitats or 10 areas of major interest 11 126A Local governments' decisions to be 12 consistent with regulations 13 (1) This section applies to land in an area identified 14 under a regulation as, or including, a critical 15 habitat or an area of major interest. 16 (2) A local government must not issue or give any 17 approval, consent, permit or other authority for a 18 use of, or a development on, the land that is 19 inconsistent with the regulation. 20 Clause 16 Amendment of s 134 (Records to be maintained by 21 registrar) 22 (1) Section 134(1)(d), before `conservation plan'-- 23 insert-- 24 regulation or 25 (2) Section 134(1), `or the plan approved,'-- 26 omit, insert-- 27 , or the regulation made or plan approved, 28 Page 10

 


 

Nature Conservation (Protected Plants) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 Part 2 Amendment of Nature Conservation Act 1992 [s 16] (3) Section 134(2)(a)(iv)-- 1 omit, insert-- 2 (iv) the subject of a regulation or 3 conservation plan identifying the land 4 as, or being part of, an area that is or 5 includes a critical habitat or area of 6 major interest; and 7 (4) Section 134(2)(b)(iv)-- 8 omit, insert-- 9 (iv) the regulation or conservation plan 10 identifying the land as, or being part of, 11 an area that is or includes a critical 12 habitat or area of major interest; 13 (5) Section 134(3)(d)-- 14 omit, insert-- 15 (d) the regulation or conservation plan 16 identifying the land as, or being part of, an 17 area that is or includes a critical habitat or 18 area of major interest. 19 (6) Section 134(4), from paragraph (d)-- 20 omit, insert-- 21 (d) a regulation or conservation plan identifying 22 an area as, or including, a critical habitat or 23 area of major interest is-- 24 (i) repealed; or 25 (ii) amended to remove the whole or part 26 of the area from the operation of the 27 regulation or conservation plan; 28 give written notice to the registrar of the termination, 29 repeal or amendment. 30 Page 11

 


 

Nature Conservation (Protected Plants) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 Part 2 Amendment of Nature Conservation Act 1992 [s 17] Clause 17 Amendment of s 138 (Compensation not payable) 1 Section 138, heading-- 2 omit, insert-- 3 138 Compensation not payable if authority not 4 renewed etc. 5 Clause 18 Amendment of s 173G (Effect of orders) 6 Section 173G(2)(b)-- 7 insert-- 8 (iii) the planting and nurturing of, or the 9 restoration and rehabilitation of, a 10 protected plant or population of 11 protected plants. 12 Clause 19 Insertion of new s 174B 13 After section 174A-- 14 insert-- 15 174B Chief executive may make assessment 16 guidelines 17 (1) The chief executive may, by gazette notice, 18 approve or make guidelines (the assessment 19 guidelines) about considering an application 20 under this Act. 21 (2) The chief executive must publish the assessment 22 guidelines, and any instrument amending or 23 repealing the assessment guidelines, in the 24 gazette. 25 (3) The chief executive must publish a copy of the 26 assessment guidelines as in force from time to 27 time on the department's website. 28 Editor's note-- 29 Page 12

 


 

Nature Conservation (Protected Plants) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 Part 2 Amendment of Nature Conservation Act 1992 [s 20] At the commencement of this section, the 1 department's website was at 2 . 3 (4) In considering an application for an authority, the 4 chief executive must have regard to the 5 assessment guidelines. 6 (5) In this section-- 7 authority means a licence, permit or other 8 authority for protected wildlife issued or given 9 under a regulation or conservation plan. 10 Clause 20 Amendment of s 175 (Regulation-making power) 11 (1) Section 175(2)-- 12 insert-- 13 (ia) the use or development of land, and 14 activities, in an area identified under the 15 regulation as, or including, a critical habitat 16 or an area of major interest; 17 (2) Sections 175(2)(ia) to (s)-- 18 renumber as section 175(2)(j) to (t). 19 Clause 21 Amendment of schedule (Dictionary) 20 (1) Schedule-- 21 insert-- 22 special least concern plant means a least concern 23 plant prescribed under section 88D. 24 (2) Schedule, definition natural resources, paragraph (b), before 25 `conservation plan'-- 26 insert-- 27 regulation or 28 Page 13

 


 

Nature Conservation (Protected Plants) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 Part 3 Amendment of Sustainable Planning Act 2009 [s 22] (3) Schedule, definition protected plant, `rare,'-- 1 omit. 2 Part 3 Amendment of Sustainable 3 Planning Act 2009 4 Clause 22 Act amended 5 This part amends the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. 6 Clause 23 Amendment of sch 3 (Dictionary) 7 (1) Schedule 3, definition native forest practice-- 8 omit. 9 (2) Schedule 3-- 10 insert-- 11 native forest practice means a forest practice 12 other than-- 13 (a) a forest practice in a plantation; or 14 (b) the harvesting, on freehold land, of 15 sandalwood. 16 sandalwood means a plant of the species 17 Santalum lanceolatum. 18 Page 14

 


 

Nature Conservation (Protected Plants) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 Part 4 Amendment of Vegetation Management Act 1999 [s 24] Part 4 Amendment of Vegetation 1 Management Act 1999 2 Clause 24 Act amended 3 This part amends the Vegetation Management Act 1999. 4 Clause 25 Amendment of sch (Dictionary) 5 (1) Schedule, definition native forest practice-- 6 omit. 7 (2) Schedule-- 8 insert-- 9 native forest practice means a forest practice 10 other than-- 11 (a) a forest practice in a plantation; or 12 (b) the harvesting, on freehold land, of 13 sandalwood. 14 sandalwood means a plant of the species 15 Santalum lanceolatum. 16 State of Queensland 2013 Authorised by the Parliamentary Counsel Page 15

 


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