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Enhancing reef regulations discussion paper

The Queensland Government proposes broadening and enhancing the existing reef protection regulations to eradicate the most polluting practices from land-based activities in the Great Barrier Reef catchments including agricultural production, urban development and other intensive land uses.

The proposed changes will form an important part of the comprehensive effort to radically improve the quality of water flowing to the Great Barrier Reef to meet the government’s reef water quality targets and community expectations for a clean and healthy reef.

The Enhancing regulations to ensure clean water for a healthy Great Barrier Reef and a prosperous Queensland discussion paper provides information about the regulatory proposals being considered.

Feedback is sought on specific questions to help the government further determine the costs and benefits of the regulatory proposals. These will be detailed in a Regulatory Impact Statement which will be released for public consultation later in 2017.

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How to provide feedback
Send your feedback on the questions or other comments to:


Reef Regulations Discussion Paper Submission
Office of the Great Barrier Reef
Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
GPO  Box  2454

Please indicate whether you prefer your feedback to remain confidential. If this is not indicated, your response may be published or quoted in public documents.

For more information, please email, visit Protecting the Great Barrier Reef or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

Submissions close on 7 April 2017.

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Submit your response now. Closes 7 April 2017, 11.59pm.

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Last updated
 9 March 2017

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