An independent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is crucial for Queensland as it strengthens environmental governance by prioritising the protection of communities and the environment over vested interests.
Traditionally, some industries have been viewed as the ‘customers’ of environmental regulation, however, a shift towards a more community-centered approach is needed, one which takes into account environmental impacts and provides justice for First Nations communities and all QLD citizens.
An independent EPA can help ensure this shift by developing environmental justice frameworks which protect those most vulnerable to environmental harm. In the specific case of Queensland, the introduction of an independent EPA would enable the implementation of strong governance arrangements and justice frameworks, ensuring that the environment and human health are protected effectively.
Such a move would also align with wider calls across Australia for the implementation and reform of independent EPAs, reflecting a national shift towards best practices in environmental governance and justice. Read the Environmental Defenders Office Report