Regional Planning Interests - A New Layer of Approval for Queensland Resource Projects

Contact: James Plumb and Audine Bartlett; Carter Newell (Queensland, Australia)

Since the implementation of the Strategic Cropping Act 2011 (Qld) (SCL Act), the Queensland Government has continued to monitor the concerns of the agricultural industry and regional landholders regarding ongoing resource development. 

As a measure described by the Queensland Deputy Premier as 'giving more control to... landholders', the Queensland Parliament has recently passed the Regional Planning Interests Act 2014 (Qld) (RPI Act). The RPI Act was passed on 20 March 2014 and will commence on 2 June 2014.

The key obligation imposed by the RPI Act is to require resource companies to apply for a regional impact development approval (RIDA) in order to undertake resource activities in areas of regional interest (ARI).

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