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State's Koala Strategy Closer

As the Queensland Government moves closer to the May release date for its Koala Conservation Strategy, the Institute is continuing to provide analysis and commentary to the relevant state departments and Ministers. The Institute has again written to the state to seek improved outcomes for koalas and the development industry in the coming Koala Conservation Strategy.

The Institute called for:

  • Increased consultation with the development industry in drafting the SEQ Koala Conservation Strategy
  • Prioritise large-scale biodiversity corridors and networks that will maximise habitat for koalas in South East Queensland separated as far as possible from urban dangers such as motor vehicles and dog attacks
  • Urgently provide proposed regulatory mapping for koala conservation to industry for feedback
  • Address the existing complexity and cost apparent in the present koala protection provisions so as to achieve better strategic coordination between levels of government and avoid delays which increase costs for new homebuyers
  • A state head of power for all matters related to koala conservation and land use
  • Department of State Development, Manufacturing, infrastructure and Planning to reduce cross agency overlap and provide a more strategic approach to land use
  • Protect planned urban areas, PFGAs, and PDAs as compact additions to existing urban areas and provide
  • Early structure planning to optimise environmental and development outcomes
  • Provide for ground truthing of mapping, greater clarity of mapping methodology and a Vegetation Management Act style property map system with a clearly articulated process for challenging the mapping
  • Provide a single low-cost offsetting arrangement to aid housing affordability
  • Provide one simple offset arrangement rather than separate local government offsets
  • Permit a range of options/ merit considerations (not just offsets) to result in improved koala outcomes
  • Provide for offsets in large-scale corridors for koalas that have little urban development occurring or prospect of urban activities, have limited roads, little subdivision potential, substantial vegetated areas, contiguous vegetation areas, and areas with potential for vegetation restoration for koalas. These areas would also have clearly defined edges and interfaces to guide and assist development control near them.

The Institute will continue to advocate for improved koala conservation that rationalises the current complex controls on industry. Do you have a view on the matters raised above, or questions you would like an answer to. Please email Policy Manager Martin Zaltron via mzaltron@udiaqld.com.au and we will seek an answer.

The Institute submission can be seen here.

For more information on the Koala Conservation Strategy to be delivered later in 2019, please follow this link.