Check your site: Changes to koala, essential habitat, and wetland mapping MSES

Changes have been made to Regulated Vegetation Management Maps wetland, high-value growth, and essential habitat mapping that may affect your sites. These are changes to Matters of State Environmental Significance (MSES) regulated vegetation – MSES strategic environmental areas (SEA).

Members are encouraged to check if their sites are affected noting changes may have implications even if a development approval is in place.

The changes include:

  • a 2.8% increase (113,311 ha) in area to wetland mapping
  • Category C areas (high value regrowth) have increased in area by 1.3% (14,266 ha) largely due to alignment with the koala habitat mapping
  • Essential habitat mapping updates have been made to incorporate newly listed protected species such as three Macadamia species
  • MSES SEA – with the release of the North Queensland Regional Plan, the DSDMIP updated the SEA for the region including the “designated precinct”
  • changes do not affect areas shown as Category X on existing Property Maps of Assessable Vegetation (PMAVs)
  • PMAVs certified up until March 2020. The vegetation mapping will continue to be updated monthly to incorporate certified PMAVs
  • no material changes to Category A or B (remnant) areas.

The changes came into effect on May 20. Further information is available on updates here.

If you have any questions, please contact Policy Manager, Martin Zaltron via or (07) 3229 1589.