Only two weeks to go until the EDO Quiz Night, so get in quick. Raising funds while having fun…
To book a table (or just a ticket), go to edotas-quiz.eventbrite.com.au. If you don’t have enough for a full table, let us know and we can match you with others.
See you there!
On 1 July 2015, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee formally adopted its earlier draft decision urging the Australian government to rethink the draft Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan.
The Committee has requested that Australia:
- undertake a detailed study of cultural heritage values of the TWWHA and detail the legal protections for those values
- recognise wilderness values as fundamental to management of the TWWHA
- establish strict criteria to ensure tourism activities will not damage the wilderness character and cultural values of the TWWHA
- ensure commercial logging and mining are not permitted within the TWWHA
- secure adequate funding for management of the property.
The decision adopts the draft decision without amendment. The text of the decision is available here.
The Tasmanian Planning Commission has handed down its report into the proposed amendment of the Mt Wellington Management Plan. The proposed amendment, initiated at the request of the Mt Wellington Cableway Company, will increase the size of the Pinnacle Specific Area on the summit of Mt Wellington to facilitate the construction of the proposed cable car.
The Commission report is very critical of the Wellington Park Management Trust’s process in relation to the amendment. In particular, the Commission found that the Trust’s responses to representors’ concerns in relation to the following issues were inadequate:
- The proposed amendment would not further the vision and objectives of the Management Plan
- Failure to provide reasons for the proposed amendment
- Development in proposed the extended Pinnacle is contrary to Management Plan and will adversely affect conservation values
- Failure to adequately explain the choice of the proposed new boundary areas, particularly given the Pinnacle Specific Area had already been considered and extended in the 2013 Management Plan review
- That Wellington Park is a special place in which a cable car and increased development area on the summit would be inappropriate
The Commission found the Trust’s response was largely adequate in relation to one issue only, namely, that the Springs was a more appropriate place for development.
The Commission has identified two errors of law in the Trust process. Firstly, the Trust failed to read all the public representations. Secondly, the Trust failed to provide its opinion on the merits of the representations and whether the amendment should be modified in light of the representations.
The Commission’s role under the Wellington Park Act 1993 is confined to reviewing the Wellington Park Trust’s assessment of the representation – the Commission cannot approve or reject the proposed amendment. However, the Commission’s review calls into question the validity of any decision the Trust may now make to amend the management plan.
You can read the Commission’s decision here.
Huge thank you and applause for the fabulously talented musicians who put on a fundraising concert to support EDO Tas: the Alpine Quartet, Emlyn Johnson and Mount Trout. A special thanks to Emily Sheppard for organising the event, the Arts Factory for hosting and Salamanca Fresh for the nibbles.
Interested in holding a fundraising event for us? Feel free to contact us to discuss your idea.
Emlyn Johnson + band
The latest edition of the EDO Bulletin is now available here, covering the Tarkine decision, changes the Renewable Energy Target, new commitments to curb wind farms, a proposal to restrict gillnetting, the Dutch climate litigation and lots of local events.
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The Full Federal Court has dismissed the Tarkine National Coalition’s appeal against an earlier decision upholding the Federal Minister’s decision to grant approval for Venture Minerals’ Riley Creek Mine.
The Court held that the Minister was not required to consider cumulative impacts from other mining operations and was entitled to rely on the EPA Board’s reports without further investigation.
The Court was also satisfied that conditions requiring financial contributions to maintain off-site populations of Tasmanian devils were an appropriate response to mitigating on-site impacts.
For a more detailed summary of the case, see our blog.
A Senate Committee inquiring into policy changes that led to the defunding of EDOs and abolition or reduction of various conservation funding programmes has strongly recommended that the funding be restored.
The Committee emphasised the valuable role that EDOs play in providing access to justice in public interest environmental matters, noting:
While acknowledging the financial constraints faced by the Commonwealth government, the committee considers that the long-term cost to communities and to the environment will far outweigh the short-term financial gains achieved by the defunding of the EDOs.
Read the full report here.
On 23 June 2015, the Senate passed the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Bill 2015 without amendment.
The Bill reduces the 2030 renewable energy target to 33,000GWh (from 41,000GWh), exempts intensive trade-exposed activities and includes native-forest wood waste as a renewable energy source. Amendments were proposed to allow State governments to set their own targets, but the proposal was defeated.
A letter outlining the Federal government’s commitments made to key cross-benchers to secure their support for the Bill is available here. The commitments include a range of new rules regulating wind farms, including a National Wind Farm Commissioner and a new Independent Expert Scientific Committee to investigate (again) health and noise issues.
The latest edition of the EDO Bulletin is now available here. This edition provides updates on the World Heritage Committee’s draft decision on the TWWHA management plan, climate change events, clean energy and wind farms and the Forgo for EDO prize winners.
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The arrival of winter means the end of sacrificing as #forgo4EDO month draws to a close.
A huge thanks to all those people who gave up something in May to support EDO Tasmania, we are truly grateful for your efforts. Rest assured, your sacrifice savings will be put to good use in the ongoing fight for environmental protection.
Forgo-ers, and anyone who forgot to forgo, can make a donation online, by direct deposit (BSB: 633-000 A/C: 140-268-558) or by sending a cheque to our office (payable to “EDO Tas Gift Fund”)
PRIZE WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON!