Robin McConchie QLD Country Hour
The Queensland Government has passed sweeping changes to rural land and water regulations.
It’s amended 18 pieces of legislation, to implement some of the recommendations of the Floods Inquiry.
The changes include extending the expiry date for water licences from 10 to 99 years, and removing the need to get a permit to destroy vegetation on a watercourse.
Natural Resources Minister Andrew Cripps says there is no evidence to suggest the removal of the requirement for riverine protection permits to remove vegetation will result in the large scale clearing of riverine vegetation, nor will it cause degradation to watercourses.