Great Barrier Reef coastal zone strategic assessment: supplementary report

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Provides information on the Great Barrier Reef coastal zone strategic assessment as part of a public consultation.



The Queensland Government entered into a Strategic Assessment Agreement (SAA) with the Australian Government in 2012 under section 146 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) to undertake a strategic assessment of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) coastal zone.

The assessment responds to the June 2011 decision of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee (WHC) that requested that the Australian Government undertake a strategic assessment of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (GBRWHA).

‘…undertake a comprehensive strategic assessment of the entire property, identifying planned and potential future development that could impact the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) to enable a long-term plan for sustainable development that will protect the OUV of the property.’

The Queensland Government’s strategic assessment (strategic assessment) forms part of a comprehensive approach which includes a strategic assessment of the Great Barrier Reef marine zone, undertaken by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (the GBRMPA).

Queensland’s assessment takes a ‘systems’ level approach and provides a broad landscape scale assessment of the state’s legislation, policies, plans and programs (the Program). It identifies and manages Matters of National Environmental Significance (MNES) and the OUV of the GBRWHA and Wet Tropics World Heritage Area (WTWHA). It also identifies a range of measures to better integrate and strengthen coastal and marine management in conjunction with the GBRMPA.

Purpose of the Supplementary Report

Queensland’s strategic assessment reports have been developed to ensure that the documentation the Queensland Government provides to the Australian Minister for the Environment (the Minister) meet the Endorsement Criteria identified in the SAA and the Terms of Reference (TOR).

The documents comprising the Queensland Government’s package of reports include the revised Program Report, this Supplementary Strategic Assessment Report, the draft Strategic Assessment Report, and an independently prepared report on the outcomes of the public consultation.

The purpose of this Supplementary Report is to provide further information in response to matters raised during public consultation and to address recommendations from the independent review. It is also addresses feedback received from the Australian Department of the Environment (DOE).

The Supplementary Report is not a standalone document and should be considered as part of a package of reports including the revised Program Report and the draft Strategic Assessment Report.

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