Draft Assessment Bilateral Agreement released

The Commonwealth and Tasmanian Governments have released a draft Assessment Bilateral Agreement for public comment.

The agreement, which will replace the existing bilateral agreementallows environmental impact assessment processes under Tasmanian legislation to be accredited for the purpose of assessing actions under the EPBC Act.  

Specifically, the Bilateral agreement seeks to accredit assessments under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994, Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 and the State Policies and Projects Act 1993. 

Comments on the draft Bilateral Agreement must be submitted by 15 August 2014.  For more information, visit the Department of Environment website.

This is the first part of the Commonwealth government’s ‘one stop shop’ policy.  The second, an Approval Bilateral Agreement devolving responsibility for decisions under the EPBC Act to the Tasmanian government, is expected to be completed by 18 September 2014.  

North of the Sun – Fundraising film night

North of the Sun FlierEDO Tasmania is hosting a fundraising film night, featuring award-winning film, North of the Sun. Set in the remote arctic, two Norwegians build a cabin from flotsam and clear the beach of debris. They then spend the long winter skiing and surfing. The screening will also include Tassie surf clips and a presentation from Matt Dell, keen surfer and coordinator of the South West Marine Debris Clean-up.

Date: Thursday, 7 August 2014

Time: 6.15pm (for a 6.30 start) – 8.30pm

Venue: Room 145 Dechaineux Theatre, School of Art, Hunter Street, Hobart

Cost: $10 or $5 concession (plus booking fee)

Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite at http://bit.ly/1sn4SzT

EDO BULLETIN 13 RELEASED

EDO-Tas-Logo-no-wordsThe latest edition of our Bulletin is now available.  This edition provides details of the, Threatened Species Commissioner, the Mt Lindsay mining lease, the Mt Wellington cable car and the progress of the carbon tax repeal.  To subscribe to the Bulletin, click here.

Tasmania needs an EDO. EDO Tasmania needs you.

Mount WellieAs a result of the government’s “cost-saving” measure, within a week the Tasmanian EDO will lose 90 per cent of its operating revenue, which for any organisation would be crippling. For this small office, it’s likely to be terminal.
Peter Boyer, The Mercury 24 June 2014

EDO Tasmania Principal Lawyer, Jess Feehely reflects on why she loves Tasmania and why Tasmania needs an EDO. There’s still time to make a tax-deductible donation.

EDO Bulletin 12 released

EDO-Tas-Logo-no-wordsThe latest edition of our Bulletin is now available.  This edition provides details of the World Heritage Committee’s decision to reject the request to delist Tasmania’s forests, Senate reports into environmental offsets and bilateral agreements, the National Audit Office’s critique of the Department of Environment’s compliance programme and proposed new anti-protest laws.  To subscribe to the Bulletin, click here.

Tax-deductible donations: help EDO and pay less tax

dolphinsAs the end of the financial year approaches, help EDO Tasmania keep its head above water. Donate to a great cause and save money by reducing your taxable income!

Use our Donation Calculator to estimate the financial benefits of making a tax-deductible donation (and work out just how generous you can afford to be!).

Simply enter the donation you would like to make in the column representing your annual income. The calculator will estimate the out of pocket expense of the donation and your tax savings.

Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to EDO Tasmania.

Image by matthewnewton.com.au

World Heritage Committee rejects TWWHA delisting

On 23 June 2014, the World Heritage Committee rejected the Australian government’s request for a boundary modification to remove 74,000ha from the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. If you missed it, you can watch the decision below – discussion commences with the ICOMOS report at 2:28 and ends at 2:37.  The speech by the Portugese delegate is worth watching!

EDO Tas wins Architecture Institute award

AIA awardsEDO Tasmania was incredibly honoured to receive the Australian Institute of Architects President’s Prize at the 2014 Tasmanian awards. The prize recognised our assistance in the AIA’s appeal against removal of a building with architectural significance from the Tasmanian Heritage Register. You can read more about this appeal here.

Congratulations to the extremely talented nominees and winners showcased at the awards.

Scathing report re Environment Dept enforcement practices

anao_logoA report from the National Audit Office assessing the effectiveness of compliance monitoring by the Federal Department of Environment says there is little evidence that environmental conditions are being complied with. The report finds that the Department’s approach to investigating and acting on non-compliance is “inconsistent” and “passive”, and concludes:

[N]early 14 years after the enactment of the EPBC Act, Environment is yet to establish mature administrative arrangements to effectively discharge its regulatory responsibilities in relation to approved controlled actions. As a consequence, the assurance that the department has regarding proponents’ compliance with action approval conditions, which are designed to address the risks posed to MNES, is limited…

The failure to appropriately respond to identified non-compliance can: impact on the effectiveness of environmental safeguards; risk environmental damage; jeopardise the department’s ability to take future enforcement action; and harm the public’s confidence in the regulator.

Listen to the AM report discussing the audit here.