Regulatory Impact Statement: Broadening and Enhancing Reef Protection
The Queensland Water Directorate (qldwater) collated information and input from across the urban water and sewerage sector in response to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection’s request for submissions on the Regulatory Impact Statement: Broadening and Enhancing Reef Protection. There was a high level of participation in the response (with thanks to everyone who forwarded comments or provided verbal feedback).
Our draft response was supportive of the aims of the regulatory framework but critical of the proposed approach which has a number of issues that need to be addressed. In particular, the analysis contained errors and more rigour is needed in the assessment of the impacts and costs for the sector and the communities it serves. There needs to be greater acknowledgement that Local Government and thus regional communities are major contributors towards reef protection and their increased role under the proposed framework must be properly recognised and supported.
Due to the election, the closing date for this feedback (originally last Friday) has been postponed until the end of the caretaker period. The collated feedback from the water and sewerage sector was provided as a draft but will be updated if needed when formal consultation is re-opened. This means there is still time to update or edit the response if we receive further input in the next two weeks. If you have any questions or suggestions contact Rob Fearon.
The draft response document is available on our website.