EDO Bulletin 4/2017

Thank you devilHooray, it’s Friday!

If you’re looking for something to do over the weekend, catch up on the latest edition of the EDO Bulletin.  This edition features updates on the re-opening of forest reserves, changes to the Aboriginal Relics Act, new rules to deal with disputes over backyard trees, salmon farming around Tasmania and volunteering with EDO Tasmania.

Forestry Bill passes Lower House

Styx Valley - Rob BlakersThe Forestry (Unlocking Production Forests) Bill 2017 was passed by the lower house late last night and will now go to the Legislative Council for debate.   For an overview of the key changes proposed by the Bill, you can read our summary.

The Forest Industries Association of Tasmania has criticised the legislation, challenging the rationale for making reserved forests available and the methodology used by Forestry Tasmania to determine access.  Read more on FIAT’s views here.

For a critique of the impacts of the proposal to open up FPPF Land on Forestry Tasmania’s bid for Forest Stewardship Council certification, click here.

The Bill, second reading speech and clause notes are available here.

Summer @ Shambles



Don’t miss out on this family-friendly event – hear great music, eat delicious food, browse market stalls, get your face painted, sample a selection of ales… all while supporting EDO Tas.

1:15pm – DJ Beezy

2:00pmThe Scary Family Band

3:00pm – Emma Anglesey

4:00pm – Mocane

Facepainting from 1 – 3pm, food by Orlando Plenty from 2pm.

Get your tickets at Eventbrite, contact EDO Tas or take a chance and buy them at the door.



Based in Tasmania, Emma Anglesey’s haunting and catchy debut single Bike saw her become a Triple J Unearthed Spotlight Artist. Emma’s second single Mary-Anne premiered in Tone Deaf in November 2016 and has received rave reviews. Triple J Unearthed music director Dave Ruby Howe gave the track “4 STARS” and Rolling Stone Australia said “Mary-Anne is a song that flourishes in its delicacy but is punctured with grit.”
Emma’s music combines dark pop and folk. Both Mary-Anne and Bike are from Emma’s forthcoming record which was produced and mixed by Nashville-based Australian music producer Josh Barber (Gotye, Archie Roach) along with Nicholas Lam who co-mixed. Of working with Emma, Joshua said,
I met Emma at a small folk festival in Tasmania and she was one of the stand-out writers I heard there so I told her I’d love to work with her. Emma’s songs are thematically articulate, with visual and almost tactile lyrics that I really enjoyed working to and selecting sounds that build towards these emotional environments.”
Website: emmaanglesey.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emmanglesey
Twitter: @Emma_Anglesey
Instagram: www.instagram.com/emmaanglesey/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/emmaanglesey
Film clips:
Australian singer/songwriter and producer Topher Morrey made the deliberate move from ‘big city’ Melbourne to wild Tasmania to slow the pace and ground his Soul/Groove sound into something more gritty.
Joining up with good friends and fellow Tasmanians Greg Heart, Matt Deakin and Justin Orr they’ve found their soulful funk flow, peppered it with a hint of melancholy Blues, and packed it full of heart felt flavour … meet Mocane.


The Scary Family Band spans ages 7 to 56 and plays hillbilly, old-time, jug, early jazz, Istrian folk, and blues music with occasional sci-fi overtones. They have wrangled saws, ukes, mandolins, banjos, harmonicas, dancing jig dolls, double bass and slide whistles everywhere from Killiecrankie (Flinders Island) to Koper (Slovenia)!

EDO Bulletin 3/2017

marineRead the latest EDO Tas Bulletin to catch up on a busy few weeks of planning and environmental law news – cable car, salmon farms, production forests, planning schemes and more!


State Planning Provisions declared


The Planning Minister has declared the final State Planning Provisions (SPPs), which will take effect on 2 March 2017.

You can read the Tasmanian Planning Commission’s report, the final SPPs and the Minister’s Statement of Reasons.

Key environmental issues arising from the SPPs include:

  • The SPPs are still not supported by a comprehensive suite of State Policies to guide planning outcomes. The Planning Commission acknowledges, in particular, the need to review the State Coastal Policy as a matter of urgency.  Other areas without a strategic policy basis include integrated transport, population and settlements, biodiversity management, tourism and climate change.
  • The Minister rejected the Planning Commission’s recommendation that the Natural Assets Code be scrapped in its entirety.  The Commission recommended that a new Code be developed after proper consideration of the biodiversity implications of proposed exemptions, and the production of adequate, Statewide vegetation mapping.
  • The Natural Assets Code in the final SPPs does include a number of amendments (e.g. expanding protection to native vegetation of local importance, even if not listed as threatened, and no longer allowing clearing up to 3,000m2 to be permitted in the Rural Living Zone).  However, many of the fundamental weaknesses remain:
    • the Code does not prevent native vegetation clearing in the Agriculture Zone
    • the Code does not protect drinking water catchments
    • the Code does not prevent clearing in national parks and reserves or on pasture or orchard land
    • mapping of priority vegetation is left to local Councils, supported only by TasVeg and Natural Values Atlas tools that are acknowledged to be incomplete.
  • Despite an acknowledgement from the Minister that the Reserve Activity Assessment process “needs review”, developments in national parks approved under that process will continue to avoid public scrutiny.
  • New provisions have been inserted to allow Councils to “call-in” developments they consider risky in terms of coastal erosion or inundation , even if the development site is not currently mapped as a risk area.
  • Local councils will be required to maintain their local heritage registers.
  • The Planning Commission acknowledges that the SPPs are designed to limit local variation, but queries whether a “one-size fits all” model will deliver certainty:

If local character is a point of difference and an attribute of all Tasmanian places, unintended consequences may flow from denying local differences. The ‘one size fits all’ approach is likely to result in planning authorities seeking more exceptions through the inclusion of particular purpose zones, specific area plans and site-specific qualifications…

  • The Planning Commission also recommends a review of development standards in the General Residential and Inner Residential Zones to assess whether the provisions deliver greater housing choice, encourage infill development, or unreasonably impact on residential character and amenity.
  • No new Codes have been developed to address stormwater and on-site waste disposal, acid sulfate soils or Aboriginal heritage.

Local Councils are now required to develop Local Provisions Schedules for their municipality, with draft LPS expected to be released for public consultation later in 2017.

For an overview of the process for developing Local Provisions Schedules, click here.

Planning continues to be a major work area for EDO Tasmania – helping the community to understand the changes, and advocating for better planning outcomes.  To help support this work, donate to our legal fund.

Sowing the Seeds – thank you!

James Da Costa (Hobart City Farm), Jess Feehely (EDO), Kirsha Kaechele (24 Carrot Gardens) and Graeme Lynch (Heart Foundation)

EDO Tasmania would like to thank our wonderful speakers, James, Kirsha and Graeme, for sharing their urban farming stories at tonight’s Sowing the Seeds event.  Thanks also to our sponsors, and to everyone who came along.

EDO Tas President, Tom Baxter

More information about the various projects discussed are available at the links below:

To donate to EDO Tasmania and help with our urban farming project and other great work, click here.

To stay up to date on the project, join our mailing list.

And a final thanks to our wonderful caterers, Olive Tree Catering.

Sowing the Seeds for Urban Agriculture in Tasmania

CYDT 5Join EDO Tasmania on 21 February 2017 for an evening of film, food and stories about urban agriculture projects bringing communities together.

5:30pm – Sundeck, UTAS Arts School (Hobart)

Enjoy local wine and delicious canapes, and hear from special guests, Kirsha Kaechele (24 Carrot Gardens), James Da Costa (Hobart City Farm) about urban farming projects here in Tasmania, and from Graeme Lynch (Heart Foundation) about the work of the Food and Nutrition Coalition.

6:30pm – Dechaineux Theatre, UTAS Arts School (Hobart)

Watch acclaimed documentary, “Can You Dig This”, exploring the urban gardening revolution currently taking place in South Central Los Angeles, one of the largest food deserts in the US.

This is a fundraising event to help EDO Tasmania to continue working to support and facilitate urban agriculture across Tasmania.  For tickets, click here.

Huon Aquaculture challenges EPA Director over Mac Harbour biomass caps

SalmonHuon Aquaculture has today launched court proceedings challenging the EPA Director’s recent biomass cap determination for Macquarie Harbour, saying the cap has been set too high to reverse the significant deterioration in water quality observed in the Harbour over recent years.

Huon is also seeking orders from the Federal Court requiring the Commonwealth Minister to enforce or, alternatively, quash, the 2012 decision authorising the expansion of salmon farming in the Harbour.

Huon’s statement regarding these actions says the company’s aim is to “ensure Government decision making is transparent, fair and has a clear eye on a long-term sustainable future of the waterway.”

To read their press statement (including details of the two legal cases), click here.

Macquarie Harbour biomass cap

SalmonOn 18 January 2017, the Director of the EPA issued final determinations reducing the cumulative biomass limits for salmon farms in Macquarie Harbour from 21,500t to 14,000t from 14 February – 30 April 2017.  A further determination will be made setting the biomass cap for 2017-2018 once the Director has reviewed the January 2017 benthic monitoring reports.

To read the determinations and supporting reasons, click here.  The submissions made by the salmon companies will not be released until the 2017-2018 determination is made.

The Director’s decision was made after considering a range of scientific information, as well as the “biomass aspirations” of the companies.  He notes “significant deterioration in the level of compliance with benthic indicators” and a steady decline in dissolved oxygen to levels “which present a significant risk to the ecology of the harbour.”  This was recognised as having negative implications for the endangered Maugean skate and other fauna.

Despite these findings, the Determinations will reduce the allowable biomass by 35%, but will not significantly reduce the actual biomass currently being farmed in the harbour. Huon Aquaculture has previously said that a 14,000t cap was inadequate to address deteriorating environmental conditions, and indicated that IMAS reports support reduction to at least 11,000t.

** SCS Global Services will be conducting the independent review of Tassal Operations Pty Ltd in Macquarie Harbour under the Aquaculture Stewardship Council’s (ASC) Salmon Standard from 13 – 17 February 2017.  SCS will be interviewing farm managers, farm workers, community and environmental groups to gain an understanding of the Macquarie Harbour operation –  if you would like to meet with SCS, email sleporati@scsglobalservices.com before 7 February 2017.