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  • Koala referral guidelines adopted

    The Federal Government has released finalised referral guidelines to assist the industry when developing land in regions with Koala populations. These materials, including guidelines, maps and factsheets, support the decision to list the Koala as 'Vulnerable' under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) in 2012.

    The guidelines, maps and fact sheets provide much needed guidance and have a significant impact on numerous projects and potential development sites across Queensland.

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  • Election Campaign Update

    In the first eight days of the campaign there have been a handful of announcements of particular interest to the property development industry.

    In launching the election campaign, Premier Newman confirmed that if re-elected an LNP government would continue to focus on the property and construction industry as one of the four pillars of the Queensland economy. The Institute welcomes confirmation that our industry would remain a focus for a re-elected LNP Government.

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  • Priority Development Infrastructure Co-Investment Program Update

    Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) has provided UDIA (Qld)’s policy committees with an update on the new Priority Development Infrastructure (PDI) Co-Investment Program.

    The PDI program is an initiative resulting from the Infrastructure Charges Review which has been designed to facilitate infrastructure that will enable significant economic development.

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  • Stormwater Pipes

    The UDIA (Qld) Cairns Branch are negotiating a policy change with the Cairns Regional Council that will provide developers with the flexibility to install alternative plastic piping. The Branch is also seeking a lowering of the threshold imposed by Council as part of their inspection process. 

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  • Ant Plants

    The UDIA (Qld) has been made aware of recent issues in Cairns concerning Ant Plants (Myrmecodia beccarii) and development sites. The species has been listed as Vulnerable under the EPBC Act since 2008, however recent mapping released under the new State Government Protected Plant legislative framework has significant implications for developable land in Far North Queensland.

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