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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 Land Use Planning and Approvals Amendment (Streamlining of Process) Act 2014 was passed on 20 November. As the name suggests, the Act makes a number of significant amendments to LUPAA to ‘streamline’ approving and amending interim planning schemes, and the timeframes for assessment of development applications.
The revised Act makes a number of changes to public hearings on interim planning schemes and reduces the amount of time planning authorities have to decide certain applications. See EDO Tasmania’s fact sheet for more details.
On 3 November 2014, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the Fifth Assessment synthesis report, compiling data from the range of expert reports released since the last convention in Copenhagen. This will be the last IPCC report before the climate convention in Paris in 2015.
The report concludes, in the strongest terms yet, that global warming is “unequivocal” and the world needs to act quickly to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The report also notes that reductions can be achieved, relatively affordably, by focussing efforts on:
- decarbonising energy systems
- stopping burning coal
- shifting investment from fossil fuels to clean energy.
Watch Professor Lesley Hughes, Climate Councillor and one of the report’s lead authors, discuss the report on 7:30
The Tasmanian government is seeking public comments on the potential impacts of fracking on agriculture, groundwater and the broader environment and what changes are needed to current Tasmanian laws to improve protections for landowners and consultation with local communities.
Have your say by 5 DECEMBER 2014.
Read the Review of Fracking issues paper.
Find out about Tasmania’s current regulations in our Community Guide to Mining Law.
For more information about fracking, read the recent Australian Council of Learned Academies report.
The annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) began in Hobart on 16 October 2014. CCAMLR was established in 1982 as the international decision-making body for the Southern Ocean. It’s a consensus-based organisation, so all members must agree in order for a decision to be adopted.
After unsuccessful attempts in previous years, Australia, France and the European Union have again proposed the establishment of Marine Protected Area (MPA) in East Antarctica. The previous MPA proposals covered 1.9 million square kilometres, while the revised proposal has significantly reduced the area to approximately 1.2 million square kilometres.
In conjunction with the protection of the East Antarctica regions, the United States and New Zealand have proposed an additional MPA in Antarctica’s Ross Sea. If both proposals are agreed at the CCAMLR meeting, it would create the world’s largest marine protected area.
Read more about the MPA proposals here.
Image by Fred Olivier.
EDO Tasmania was proud to release our 2013-2014 Annual report at our AGM last night. The AGM was an opportunity to reflect on the ups and downs of a reasonably chaotic 12 months, to thank those who’ve supported us and to celebrate our survival. Click here to read about what we’ve been up to and how we’re looking as we face the next 12 months.
Congratulations to our 2014-2015 Management Committee:
President: Roland Browne
Vice President: Leslie Frost
Secretary: Michael Lynch
Treasurer: Rosie Gude
Committee members: Lindi Wall, Tom Baxter, Michael Swanton, Dr Ben Richardson and Kellie Jay.
The 20 Year Australian Antarctic Strategic Plan, released today, highlights the importance of Australian leadership in Antarctica. The report recommends increased funding to support scientific research, environmental protection, law and policy development, efficient administration and regional diplomacy.
The report also recognises the opportunities for Tasmania to contribute to building capacity in all these areas.
The latest edition of our Bulletin is now available. This edition features information about local government elections, new hurdles for the one-stop shop, opportunities to comment on Forestry Tasmania’s application for FSC certification and details of upcoming events – lots and lots of events! To subscribe to the Bulletin, click here.