Implications of "state significant projects" in Queensland

Garner, Gary O. & Baker, Douglas C. (2009) Implications of "state significant projects" in Queensland. In The Second Infrastructure Theme Postgraduate Conference, 26 March 2009, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.

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The acknowledgement of state significance in relation to development projects can result in special treatment by regulatory authorities, particularly in terms of environmental compliance, economic and government support measures. However, defining just what constitutes a “significant project”, or a project of “state significance”, varies considerably between Australian states. In Queensland, there is even less clarity in terms of establishing threshold levels. Despite this lack of definition, the implications of “state significance” can nevertheless be considerable. For example, in Queensland if the Coordinator-General declares a project to be a “significant project” under the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971, the environmental impact assessment process may become more streamlined – potentially circumventing certain provisions under The Integrated Planning Act 1997. If the project is not large enough to be so deemed, an extractive resource under the State Planning Policy 2/07 - Protection of Extractive Resources 2007 may be considered to be of State or regional significance and subsequently designated as a “Key Resource Area”. As a consequence, such a project is afforded some measure of resource protection but remains subject to the normal assessment process under the Integrated Development Assessment System, as well as the usual requirements of the vegetation management codes, and other regulations. This paper explores the various meanings of “state significance” in Queensland and the ramifications for development projects. It questions the existence of a strategic threat to the delivery of an already over-stretched infrastructure program.

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ID Code: 19583
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: project, KRA, state significance, significant project, resource
ISBN: 9781741072709
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Infrastructure Engineering and Asset Management (090505)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 16 Apr 2009 00:02
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2017 14:32

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