The latest edition of our Bulletin is now available. This edition features details regarding the draft assessment bilateral agreement, challenge to EPA amendments to a Tarkine mine, upcoming mining workshops and other events. To subscribe to the Bulletin, click here.
EDO Tasmania is a non-profit community legal centre advising on environmental and planning law. Our aim is to increase public awareness of environmental laws and remedies, and help the community to secure a healthy, sustainable Tasmania.
The Commonwealth and Tasmanian Governments have released a draft Assessment Bilateral Agreement for public comment.
The agreement, which will replace the existing bilateral agreement, allows 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.
EDO 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
As 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
The 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.
The Workplace (Protection from Protesters) Bill 2014 has been passed by the Lower House and will be debated in the Legislative Council in the next sitting session. Find out more about these laws in our latest Fact Sheet.
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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 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.