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Authorisations for infrastructure and structures in protected areas

Authorisations allow for the building of infrastructure and structures (including service and eco-tourism facilities) in protected areas in Queensland for a fixed term. These authorisations are granted under sections 34, 35 and 35a of the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and must be managed according to the requirements of sections 15 and 34(2) of the Act.

Authorisations for infrastructure usually built on land in a protected area includes:

  • electricity transmission lines
  • communication towers
  • pipelines
  • eco-tourism facilities.

Before you start building, you should consider any management statement or plan in effect for a protected area.

Under the Act, the chief executive of the Department of Environment and Science (DES) can allow you to use a national park or protected area in a manner that is inconsistent with the management principles or plan. This can occur if:

  • the basic principle for the management of national parks will be observed as far as possible (if the land is in a national park)
  • the use will be in the public interest
  • the use is ecologically sustainable
  • there is no reasonable alternative to the use.

Applying for an authority to build in protected areas

You can apply for an authority to build in protected areas by:

  • submitting an application form for an authority under the Nature Conservation Act 1992
  • including a submission report with your application form
  • supplying an environment management plan
  • including a survey plan or A4 map.

The relevant documents can be obtained by contacting

You will also need to pay a fee when you lodge your application. There are different fees for different authorised uses:

Once you have completed your application form and collected the other information, mail your submission to:

Major Projects and Estate Management
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Partnerships
PO Box 3130

Before making a formal application for an authority to build in protected areas, you can call 13 QGOV (13 74 68)  or email to discuss your proposal with the regional staff.

If you have an authority that has expired, a new authority may be issued after a reassessment of your interest to build in a protected area.

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