Environment Minister Andrew Powell.
Environment Minister Andrew Powell. Valerie Horton

New laws to reduce red tape on environmental activities

LAWS to reduce environmental regulations for some Fraser Coast small businesses will go into effect from Sunday, March 31.

Mechanics, caravan parks, bed and breakfasts and printing and abrasive blasting businesses will all see the amount of licences and application fees reduced or abolished on some activities that have an impact on the environment.

Environment Minister Andrew Powell estimated the change in laws would impact on about 9400 small businesses in Queensland.

Mr Powell announced the changes in February and said at the time the reductions would save businesses about $6 million each year in fees.