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Mackay Whitsunday

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

When will the Reef protection regulations apply in Mackay Whitsunday
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 2020
Grazing 1 December 2019 1 December 2022 N/A N/A
Bananas 1 December 2019 1 December 2022 N/A 1 June 2020
Grains Proposed 1 December 2022 Proposed 1 December 2022 N/A 1 June 2020
Horticulture Proposed 1 December 2022 Proposed 1 December 2022 N/A 1 June 2020

New or changed industrial land use activities will be required to meet new discharge standards from 1 December 2020.

All commercial sugarcane growers, beef cattle graziers and banana producers in the Mackay Whitsunday 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 Mackay Whitsunday 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, banana, grains and horticulture producers in the Mackay Whitsunday region must comply with the minimum practice agricultural standards from 1 December 2022.

All new or expanded cropping and horticulture activities on more than five hectares without a cropping history will be required to have an environmental authority (permit) from 1 June 2020.

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 December 2020.