Critically endangered Eastern curlew, Oyster Point Cleveland, copyright 3-3-2019, Chris Walker
Critically Endangered Eastern Curlew – Photo by Chris Walker

The Moreton Bay Foundation recently made a submission to the review of the Environmental Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, the most important piece of environmental legislation in Australia.

The submission indicated:

  • A concern for apparent aspiration in the discussion paper to ease restrictions on development using either a biodiversity offset market or environmental trust fund, risking loss of irreplaceable habitats.
  • Consideration of development applications in isolation, and a lack of a framework to assess incremental (shifting baselines) and cumulative impact.

TMBF suggested improvements included:

  • A stronger focus of biodiversity conservation and environmental protection
  • An Independent assessment body, adequately resourced and underpinned by scientific evidence
  • Inclusion of climate as Matter for National Environmental Significance
  • Inclusion of the ability to deal with cumulative impact
  • Stronger application of the precautionary principle, in light of climate risk and uncertainty and lack of information and adequate monitoring of species, particularly in the marine environment
  • A stronger requirement to act on State of Environment reporting

You can view TMBF’s full EPBC Act submission here.