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Enhancing reef regulations discussion paper

The Queensland Government recognises the good work of businesses, industry and the many dedicated agricultural producers using best management practices to reduce reef water pollution. However, this great work is being undermined by those who are yet to make improvements.

In March 2017, the government released the Enhancing regulations to ensure clean water for a healthy Great Barrier Reef and a prosperous Queensland (PDF, 7.55MB) discussion paper. The paper outlined a number of proposals to broaden and enhance the existing reef protection regulations to eradicate the most polluting practices from land-based activities in the Great Barrier Reef catchments. Submissions were invited and closed on Friday, 21 April 2017.

Next steps

The feedback received during the submission period and from further industry consultation will be used to refine the regulatory proposals.

The refined proposals will then be detailed in a Regulatory Impact Statement which will be released for public consultation later in 2017.

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Last updated
21 April 2017
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