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HG Paper: Koala Protection in South East Queensland: The finalised response package - 23 Jun 2010

The Minister for Environment recently released the final koala conservation measures for South East Queensland, namely the State Planning Policy 2/10: Koala Conservation in South East Queensland and the South East Queensland Koala Conservation State Planning Regulatory Provisions 2010. Collectively, these two new State Planning Instruments comprise the State planning instruments that are intended to balance the protection of koala habitat against urban development in South East Queensland.

Although the new State Planning Regulatory Provisions (which came into effect on 31 May 2010) prohibit development in some koala habitat areas, they do provide some flexibility and allow development in other koala habitat areas, provided assessment criteria is satisfied.

The new State Planning Instruments are of particular importance to developers and landowners within affected local government areas who have existing applications and approvals in place, and for those who intend to make new applications to develop their land in the future.

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