Great Barrier Reef Protection Measures Update

Published 15th Oct 19 7:00 AM by SEQ Division


Tuesday 26 November 2019


5.30pm to 8pm. (Registration from 5.15pm, networking drinks from 7.15pm until 8pm)


CQU Brisbane - Level 6, 160 Ann Street, Brisbane
CQU Townsville - Building 2, Level 1,
538 Flinders St West, Townsville
Live Video Stream available


To attend the Brisbane or Townsville Venues
$75 Members, $30 Students, $95 Non Members
Video Streaming (Live only)
$40 Members, $55 Non Members

On 26 September 2019, the Environmental Protection (Great Barrier Reef Protection Measures) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 was passed by the Queensland Parliament and will be enforceable from 1 December 2019. This bill amends the Environmental Protection Act 1994, Biodiscovery Act 2004, Chemical Usage (Agricultural and Veterinary) Control Act 1988, Fisheries Act 1994, Nature Conservation Act 1992 and the Vegetation Management Act 1999.

What does this new bill mean for environmental practitioners?

Primary producers in the Wet Tropics, Burdekin, Mackay Whitsunday, Fitzroy and Burnett Mary regions will need to comply with industry specific minimum practice agricultural standards.

These have been developed for sugarcane, grazing and bananas at this stage, and take effect for different commodities in different regions over the next three years (see the timeframes).

Under the proposed regulated practice standards, producers will need to keep records of soil tests and fertiliser and agricultural chemicals applied and advisers will need to keep records of advice provided to land managers.

New and expanded cropping and horticulture activities over five hectares in all six Reef regions, including Cape York, will have to comply with farm design standards and any minimum practice standards for the crop being sown.

The regulations will also apply to operators of new or changed industrial land use activities such as sewage treatment plants, aquaculture facilities or mines that plan to release nutrients and sediments.

Join us to hear more about the Bill, the implications for environmental practitioners and how this will assist improving water quality on the Great Barrier Reef. Speakers include officers from the Queensland Department of Environment and Science who will provide insights into the implementation of the new legislation.

Speakers include:

Dr Greg Edeson PhD

Overview of legislation, policy intention, Reef Plan priorities

Principal Policy Officer – Reef Policy
Office of the Great Barrier Reef
Environmental Policy and Programs
Department of Environment and Science

Dr Jamie Corfield

The implications for new development impacting on water quality

Senior Project Officer
Office of the Great Barrier Reef
Environmental Policy and Programs
Department of Environment and Science

Jason Carter

Implication for agricultural operators – effectiveness of bioreactors to improve farm runoff

Principal Project Manager
Alluvium Consulting

Dr Greg Leach

Implementation plans for the Agricultural Sector

Senior Policy Advisor

Speakers are based in both Brisbane and Townsville and some presentations will be via video link.

For more information, click on the links below:

Environmental Protection (Great Barrier Reef Protection Measures) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019

Broadening and enhancing Reef protection regulations – decision regulatory impact statement (Feb 19)

Locations and availability

We are excited that this event will be the first trial of a partnership with Central Queensland University. The event will be held at CQU’s Brisbane Campus and live streamed to CQU’s Townsville campus.

We will also be streaming the live video feed for those wishing to attend from regional locations, making this event one that can be accessed by everyone in Queensland.

When you book, please ensure you choose the location you wish to attend.

Who should attend?

Environmental practitioners across a broad spectrum of sectors including in government, private practice and industry. Interested community members, academics and politicians.

This event will count as 2 points towards your EIANZ CEnvP Professional Development Log.

Do you pay your own registration costs to attend? Don't forget to keep your invoice as you may be eligible to claim your education expenses on your tax return.

To book, follow the prompt below or call our office on 03 8593 4140.

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Cancellation Policy

Full refunds will be given for any cancellations made one week prior to the forum. Cancellations made less than one week but more than 24 hours prior to the forum will attract a 50% penalty. Cancellations made less than 24 hours prior to forum will attract the full 100% attendance fee. Delegates unable to attend are welcome to send an alternative delegate. By registering, you agree to the cancellation policy above. A full refund will be available should technology prevent the event from proceeding.

Event details

When: 26 Nov 2019
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Where: CQU | Brisbane
160 Ann Street
Brisbane Q 4000

Cost: Members $75, Non Member $95, Student/Pensioner $30

Registrations Open: 15th Oct 19 9:00 AM

Registrations Close: 26th Nov 19 4:00 PM

Places Available: 42

Contact: Danielle Bolton, SEQ Secretariat at, 07 5429 8480.

Register now and secure your attendance

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Published 15th Oct 19 7:00 AM by SEQ Division