Queensland's Environment Minister, Steven Miles, is encouraging the sector to make a submission on the government's investigation into the cross-border transport of waste to Queensland landfills.
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Qld Environment Minister Steven Miles.

Retired Supreme Court Judge, The Honourable Peter Lyons QC will lead the three-month independent investigation following a roundtable last month chaired by the Premier and Miles.

The investigation will:

  1. Identify:
  • what the financial, regulatory and other incentives for the movement of waste from other states to Queensland landfills are;
  • whether there are any regulatory frameworks in place that would inhibit or affect this movement of waste in state or national regulations; and
  • whether any other jurisdictions in Australia or internationally have dealt with similar movements of waste and, if so, what the response was.
  1. Examine whether regulatory and other reforms could limit or stop the cross-border movement of waste to Queensland landfills and make recommendations on these potential reforms including whether actions may be taken by:
  • Queensland;
  • local governments in Queensland;
  • the state where the waste was generated;
  • the Australian government; and/or
  • relevant jurisdictions under a cooperative arrangement.

"I encourage all transport, waste and recycling facility operators in New South Wales and South East Queensland to provide written submissions to this investigation," Miles said.

"The investigation will look at the incentives for movement of waste from other states, and how to prevent this from happening. It will also consider whether there's a need for regulatory reform - and examine the role of other states and the Commonwealth.

"While this is not a regulatory or criminal investigation, it is expected that any unlawful activity it uncovers will be referred to the appropriate Queensland or interstate authorities."

An interim report will be provided to the government by October 18, 2017, with a final report due by November 17, 2017.

The closing date for submissions is September 26, 2017. Details