Salmon Industry Growth Plan open for comment

The Tasmanian government has released its draft Sustainable Industry Growth Plan for the Salmon Industry.

The Growth Plan proposes new areas for salmon farm expansion in the oceanic waters off the State’s north-west coast, King Island, Flinders Island and Storm Bay, with the remainder of the State’s coasts to be declared “no grow” zones. To view a map of these areas, click here.

The Growth Plan outlines how the government intends to encourage and manage the continued expansion of the industry, including by:

  • the introduction of a new Biosecurity Act
  • the creation of a new Finfish Farming (Compliance and Monitoring) Unit in the EPA to be funded by an industry levy
  • the facilitation of a new formal agreement between the three major salmon companies concerning the future of salmon farming in Macquarie Harbour (to replace the existing Area Management Agreement)
  • providing public access to more environmental monitoring data
  • the establishment of a new industry reference group for the implementation of the Growth Plan

Public comments on the Growth Plan are open until Friday, 8 September 2017. Read more and have your say.

Ready for a challenge?

Screen Shot 2017-08-01 at 10.55.15 pmHave you ever wondered what it would be like to walk (or run) from Wrest Point Casino to the top of kunanyi/Mount Wellington?

Wonder no more!  Join our team in this year’s Point to Pinnacle, and help EDO Tasmania in its never-ending funding marathon.

If you’re new to Point to Pinnacle (P2P), we’re happy to have a chat about what’s involved and answer any questions you may have.  
Get in touch with Vicki at
Meanwhile, there’s more information including some Q & As here.

If you have already entered P2P (or Point to Pub) as an individual, you can still join our team.
Please get in touch if you’re having trouble trying to do this.

And if pounding the pavement isn’t your thing, you can always sponsor our team.  :)

Note:  the new Point to Pub event has already sold out, and Point to Pinnacle is filling up fast, so don’t delay!

Cities Power Partnership encourages local govt action on climate

Cities PowerThe Climate Council has launched its Cities Power Partnership, encouraging local councils to commit to 5 key actions across renewable energy, efficiency, transport and working together.

The Partnership project recognises the invaluable impact of local action on emissions reduction, and is supported by a new report highlighting innovative local government actions around Australia.

In Tasmania, Huon Valley Council and Glamorgan Spring Bay Council have already joined the Partnership. Encourage your local council to sign the pledge, too!

Cable car legislation released for comment


On 15 July 2017, the Minister for State Growth released draft legislation to allow the Mount Wellington Cable Car project to avoid the need to obtain landowner consent from Hobart City Council. Instead, the Minister will acquire the land on behalf of the proponent and allow a planning application to be submitted for the project.

To read the draft Bill, click here.  The key changes proposed are explained in our Briefing Note.

Any person can make comments on the draft Bill until 4 August 2017. Read more and have your say.

Draft Special Species Management Plan released

Special SpeciesThe Tasmanian Government has released a consultation draft of the Special Species Management Plan. The Plan, made under the Forestry (Rebuilding the Forest Industry) Act 2014, aims to “provide a management framework for the long-term and sustainable harvesting of Tasmanian special species timbers.”

Comments on the draft Plan can be made until 9am on Monday 28 August 2017. Read more and have your say.

Changes to salmon farming laws

SalmonThe Tasmanian Government has released the draft Finfish Farming Environmental Regulation Bill 2017 for public comment.  The Bill aims to clarify the role of the EPA and responsibilities for future management of environmental impacts from salmon farming.

Read our briefing note on the proposed changes here.

Comments on the draft Bill can be made until 28 July 2017.  

EPA Director, Wes Ford, will be discussing the draft laws at a NELA / EIANZ breakfast seminar in Hobart on 27 July 2017.  For details, click here.

Supreme Court dismisses Tarkine case

On 23 June 2017, the Supreme Court dismissed two applications by the Tarkine National Coalition to challenge decisions to grant mining leases for the Mt Lindsay and Livingstone mines. Justice Estcourt was satisfied that the previous Ministers who made the decisions had done so lawfully, and the leases were valid.

For more details and background relating to this case, click here.

EDO Tasmania extends our thanks to the barristers in this matter, Juliet Forsyth, Claire Harris and Jim Delany QC.

Barristers, Claire Harris and Juliet Forsyth, with TNC's Scott Jordan

Barristers, Claire Harris and Juliet Forsyth, with TNC’s Scott Jordan