Queensland EPA under consideration


The Queensland Government has begun public consultation on the establishment of an independent environmental regulator in the state.

Meaghan Scanlon, Environment Minister said the launch of public consultation into the formation of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was an important election commitment.

“We made an election commitment to investigate and consult on the establishment of an independent Environmental Protection Agency to protect our environment, provide greater investment certainty, and support economic recovery,” Scanlon said.

“Queensland is the only state in Australia without an external independent Environmental Protection Agency.

“We want to hear from Queenslanders about what they think when it comes to an environmental protection agency. The survey is quick and easy and open to all Queenslanders who have a view on environmental protection. Submissions will be used to inform future decisions around a potential independent EPA.”

The survey and summary form part of a broader program of consultation being conducted between November and March.

“Targeted consultation activities are occurring with key Queensland industry, environmental and community stakeholders,” Scanlon said.

“Research and modelling are underway, investigating best-practice approaches both nationally and internationally.”

Feedback is being sought until Sunday, 6 February, 2022.

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