Qld koala legislation is strengthened

New koala legislation in Queensland On 7 February 2020 new State legislation came into effect to provide stronger regulation aimed at protecting koala habitat in South East Queensland. Some of the key changes are described here. Mapping Previously mapping identified Koala Assessable Development Areas (KADA) and Priority Koala Assessable Development Areas (PKADA). The new categories…

Special Edition: Tiny Houses (Australian Planner)

The Australian Planner is the professional magazine for the planning industry in Australia. And a whole issue has been dedicated to Tiny Houses! This special issue highlights the divergent interest in tiny houses and the role they can play in Australian housing and urban policy. Opportunities, barriers and perceptions associated with this emerging typology are…

Have your say on changes to Queensland’s planning system

Last year the Queensland State government introduced a new Planning Act which will come in force on 3 July this year. As part of these changes, subordinate statutory documents are also being updated and some are currently out for public consultation: The Planning Regulations which elaborate on the workings of some aspects of the Act…

Buildings that breathe

At a recent industry forum, Brisbane City Council advised of a new prelodgement service called DesignSMART. The service is “a series of prelodgement meetings focused on a collaborative design process” with the development industry with the intent of ensuring that building designs embrace the key considerations which Brisbane City Council have identified and captured in a document…

Changes to EPBC Cost Recovery Fees

On 1 October 2016, new changes to the EPBC Act cost recovery fees came into effect. Cost recovery fees were introduced two years ago in line with the Australia Government’s Cost Recovery Guidelines which establishes that those who create the need for regulation should incur the costs, rather than the costs being borne by the…