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Wet Tropics

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

When will the Reef protection regulations apply in the Wet Tropics
 

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

Bananas

1 December 2019

1 December 2020

N/A

1 June 2020

Grazing

1 December 2019

1 December 2022

N/A

N/A

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 Wet Tropics 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 Wet Tropics 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.

Banana growers in the Wet Tropics region must comply with the minimum practice agricultural standards from 1 December 2020. Grazing, grains and horticulture producers in the Wet Tropics region must do this 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.