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In 2013, EDO Tasmania represented a local resident in rural northwest Tasmania who had objected to proposed amendments to the Devonport and Latrobe Planning Schemes to rezone approximately 134 hectares of agricultural land to create an industrial estate. The resident was concerned that allowing an industrial estate on low-lying land ignored the risks of rising sea levels, and would lead to an unacceptable loss of viable agricultural land in the area.

Despite strong Council support for the proposal, the Tasmanian Planning Commission rejected the amendment on a range of planning grounds, including:

  • The amendment was inconsistent with the regional plan, which demonstrated there was already sufficient industrial land in the area to accommodate reasonably foreseeable demands.
  • The amendment failed to adequately address climate change hazards.
  • Converting irrigable land to a non-agricultural use was contrary to the objectives of the Protection of Agricultural Land Policy 2009.

Click here to read the decision.

Protecting farmland from fracking

When PetraGas applied for a series of licences to explore Tasmania’s unconventional gas resources, EDO Tasmania provided legal advice and assistance to many affected rural landowners.

Watch this video to hear more about the assistance we provided.

Recognising the uncertainty regarding impacts of fracking, and the genuine concerns expressed by the community, including farmers and producers throughout Tasmania, in March 2015  the Tasmanian Government announced the moratorium on fracking for gas or petroleum would be extended to March 2020.

The government will undertake a full review of fracking practices prior to 2020, having regard to regulatory frameworks and environmental and health impacts experienced in other states.