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New or expanding cropping

Information sessions

Region

Town

Date and time

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Online session held via Zoom

Tuesday 18 May, 10am–12noon

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Online session held via Zoom

Monday 24 May, 2–4pm

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Fitzroy

Emerald

Monday 24 May,  2–4pm

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Biloela

Wednesday 26 May, 2–4pm

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Burnett Mary

Monto

Thursday 27 May, 9–11am

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Bundaberg

Tuesday 1 June, 9–11am

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Kingaroy

Wednesday 2 June, 10am–12noon

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Burdekin

Ayr

Tuesday 8 June, 2–4pm

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Bowen

Wednesday 9 June, 9–11am

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Online session held via Zoom

Thursday 10 June, 10am–12noon

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Wet Tropics

Innisfail

Thursday 17 June, 3–5pm

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Tully

Friday 18 June, 10am–12noon

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Mareeba

Wednesday 23 June, 2–4pm

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Mackay Whitsunday

Mackay

Monday 21 June, 1–3pm

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Cape York

Lakeland

Thursday 24 June, 10am–12 noon

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What are the requirements for new cropping and horticulture?

From 1 June 2021, new or expanding commercial cropping and horticulture activities in the Cape York, Wet Tropics, Burdekin, Mackay Whitsunday, Fitzroy and Burnett Mary regions on five hectares or more of land that does not have a cropping history will require an environmental authority (permit) before the activity or any work takes place.

The permit requirements for new or expanding cropping or horticulture activities allow for the expansion of agriculture while ensuring that this does not worsen the Reef water quality problem.

The requirements apply to most types of crops including grains and horticulture, sugarcane and banana production but not timber production. Crops that are grown in a closed system (e.g. hydroponically), forestry and non-commercial crops are not captured by the new requirements.

An example of a non-commercial crop is where fodder crops are grown by graziers for their own cattle and are not sold to other producers.

ERA standard

There are three types of applications for a permit:

Standard application – A simplified process for growers who can meet the eligibility criteria and standard conditions outlined in the ‘ERA standard’.

Variation application – A flexible process for growers who can meet the eligibility criteria but wish to vary one or more of the standard conditions in the ‘ERA standard’.

Site-specific application – A comprehensive process for growers who cannot meet the eligibility criteria in the ‘ERA standard’. This application requires site-specific information to be provided for the activity.

An ‘ERA standard’ is an application document which lists the eligibility criteria and standard conditions. The department is finalising an ERA standard for new cropping and horticulture following public consultation which closed on 17 February 2021.

The new cropping area will also need to meet minimum practice agricultural standards where these apply to the crop(s) being grown.

Producers will be able to apply for an environmental authority by contacting the Permits and Licensing Management area within the Department of Environment and Science.

What are the minimum practice agricultural standards?

Producers undertaking new cropping or horticulture activities are also required to meet minimum practice agricultural standards where these are prescribed by regulation.

You can view the standards that apply for sugarcanegrazing and bananas.

Do I need an environmental authority to start grazing?

New grazing activity does not require an environmental authority.

Where minimum practice agricultural standards are in place for grazing they must be followed.

Who do I contact about obtaining an environmental authority?

For further information about environmental authorities, please contact:

Department of Environment and Science
Permits and Licensing Management area
Email: palm@des.qld.gov.au
Telephone: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)