Ralphs BayIn 2008 -2010, EDO Tasmania represented community group, Save Ralphs Bay Inc, in hearings regarding a proposed 460-lot canal estate development in Lauderdale, the first canal estate proposal in Tasmania.  There was widespread community opposition to the development proposal, with concerns including:

  • Development in a declared conservation area, recognised for its foreshore and marine habitat values
  • Destruction of habitat for resident and migratory shore birds
  • Loss of threatened saltmarsh vegetation
  • Dredging of heavy-metal laden sediments
  • Impacts on the threatened Spotted Handfish through sedimentation and reduced water quality
  • Removal of recreational areas, including one of Tasmania’s premier windsurfing locations
  • Inconsistency with the State Coastal Policy 1996

After more than four weeks of hearings, the Tasmanian Planning Commission determined that the proposal was “inherently unsustainable” and recommended that it be refused.  The Premier subsequently supported the recommendation and refused to grant a permit for the development.

To read an article discussing the many elements of the campaign to Save Ralphs Bay, click here.

The Lauderdale, South Arm Peninsula and wider Tasmanian community was extremely concerned when, in 2004, Tasmania’s first canal estate development was proposed in the Ralphs Bay Conservation Area at Lauderdale.  In opposing the development, Save Ralphs Bay Inc (SRB) and the community faced the multi-billion dollar Walker Corporation.  The playing field could not have been more uneven!

EDO Tasmania gave excellent and highly valued assistance to the Save Ralphs Bay campaign over many years, putting in an incredible amount of work and ultimately helping to present the best possible case to the Tasmanian Planning Commission in defence of the environmental and community values of Ralphs Bay.

From the outset, when community members were anxious about how to proceed, EDO Tasmania provided clear explanations about possible legal options and opportunities for community input into the assessment process.  EDO Tasmania helped to guide us through the various submission processes, identified key issues and liaised with expert witnesses to address those issues.

During the month-long Planning Commission hearings, Jess’s calm and professional coordination enabled SRB to present the case against the development with great efficacy.  With EDO Tasmania’s assistance, SRB made a very significant contribution to the assessment process.  We were delighted when the Commission recognised that the proposal was ‘inherently unsustainable’ and resoundingly recommended that it be rejected.

– Jane MacDonald, former Communication Coordinator for Save Ralphs Bay Inc


The long campaign to Save Ralphs Bay: