20 April, 2012

one-stop environmental approval process

The following Media Statement scares the willies out of me........

Queensland Government supports one-stop environmental approval process

Queensland’s Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Jeff Seeney today welcomed the Federal Coalition’s commitment to enable states to implement a one-stop-shop environmental process.

Mr Seeney said the LNP Government would take up a future Federal Coalition Government’s offer to simplify and speed up the approvals process.

“Some development projects are strangled in a tangled web of green tape as they navigate their way through a myriad of federal, state and local rules and regulations.

“Currently 135 development proposals from Queensland are awaiting decisions at the federal level. It is a costly and time consuming process that can deter investment.

“Tony Abbott’s proposal to have a one-stop-shop with a single lodgement and documentation process handled by the states is an eminently sensible policy approach.

“This is exactly what Premier Campbell Newman proposed to the current Prime Minister at the last Council of Australian Governments meeting.”

Mr Seeney said having a one-stop process at the state level would provide an effective and efficient environmental assessment and approval process.

“Australia’s high environmental standards would be maintained, but the decision making process would be shorter with firm outcomes.”

Media Contact: John Wiseman – 0409 791 281

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