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Burdekin

Different industries will be regulated at different stages (over three years).

When will the Reef protection regulations apply in the Burdekin
Industry Record keeping requirements Minimum practice agricultural standards Farm nitrogen and phosphorus budget (sugarcane only) New or expanded cropping activities

Cane

1 December 2019 1 December 2019 1 December 2021 1 June 2021

Grazing

1 December 2019 1 December 2020 N/A N/A

Bananas

1 December 2019 1 December 2022 N/A 1 June 2021

Grains

Proposed 1 December 2022 Proposed 1 December 2022 N/A 1 June 2021

Horticulture

Proposed 1 December 2022 Proposed 1 December 2022 N/A 1 June 2021

New or changed industrial land use activities will be required to meet new discharge standards from 1 June 2021.

All commercial sugarcane growers, beef cattle graziers and banana producers in the Burdekin region must meet the general record keeping requirements from 1 December 2019. Grains and horticulture producers may also need to do this once a minimum practice agricultural standard has been developed for those industries.

Sugarcane growers in the Burdekin region will also have to comply with the minimum practice agricultural standards from 1 December 2019. They will need to complete a farm nitrogen and phosphorus budget from 1 December 2021.

Graziers in the Burdekin region must comply with the minimum practice agricultural standards from 1 December 2020. Banana, grains and horticulture producers in the Burdekin must do this from 1 December 2022.

All new or expanded cropping and horticulture activities on five hectares or more without a cropping history will be required to have an environmental authority (permit) from 1 June 2021.

Operators of new or changed regulated industrial land use activities such as new sewage treatment plants, land-based aquaculture facilities or mines will also be required to meet new discharge standards from 1 June 2021.