New Reef Protection Regulations for Cropping and Horticulture Activities

The Queensland Government’s Reef Protection Regulations began on 1st December 2019 and are rolling out over three years.

The regulations address land-based sources of water pollution to the Great Barrier Reef. This includes industrial and agricultural activities that release nutrients and sediment across many regions.

So what are the draft requirements for new or expanded cropping and horticulture activities?

From 1st June 2021, any new or expanded commercial cropping and horticulture activities on five hectares or more that do not meet the cropping history test will require an environmental authority permit before any work takes place.

To view the full brochure with further information relating to these new regulations, please click here.


The information in this article has kindly been supplied by the Queensland Government’s Department of Environment and Science.


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