The Federal Minister (by delegate) has determined that proposed works to re-open off-road vehicle tracks in the Western Tasmania Aboriginal Cultural Landscape is a controlled action and will require assessment and approval under the EPBC Act before the project can proceed. In long-running Federal court proceedings, the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre argued that the project was a controlled action.
The Minister will now prepare assessment guidelines, and the State government will need to prepare a Public Environment Report addressing the impact of the project on indigenous heritage values and threatened species.
Once the Public Environment Report is prepared, it will be released for public comment.
To read the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre’s submission regarding the proposal, click here.