The Government has announced it will not allow tanalized timber processing to be built in Queensland, and it is now looking to other states.
Key points:Tana-Tanal has been operating in Queensland for 15 years, and the Government says it has been responsible for protecting endangered species for decadesThe Government has said it wants to ensure all timber processing projects comply with the Queensland Forestry Act (QFA)The Queensland Government said it has a number of concerns about the project, including the risk of the environment being adversely affected by the process.
The Government is now proposing to change the law so that it can allow the project to proceed, even if it is against the QFA.
Under the proposed change, a project that is approved for planning approval will not need to seek approval from the Government before construction can begin.
Tana and Tanal will also need to notify the Queensland Government that they have received a permit to proceed with the project.
Queensland Environment Minister Nick Kypreos said the changes were necessary to ensure Queensland’s forests are managed responsibly.
“It’s important to recognise the fact that this is a big project in terms of its environmental impact and impacts on the environment,” he said.
“The Government wants to make sure that we have the best protection for these species in the best way possible.”
The Queensland Forest Department said it was disappointed to hear the Government would be seeking changes to the Queensland legislation.
“Queenslanders have been the stewards of our forests for more than 150 years, which is why it is important for us to have a clear framework to protect our forests,” Mr Kypreo said.
“We are very disappointed that the Government is proposing to amend the laws in a way that would make the project illegal in Queensland.
QFDFA’s environmental assessments show that the project has been in the planning process for several years and is in compliance with all relevant regulations and laws.
In November, the Government announced a new national conservation plan for Queensland, which aims to protect biodiversity, preserve ecosystems and promote a healthy environment.
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