River Clyde Catchment Water Management Plan 

clydeDPIPWE has released a draft amendment to the current River Clyde Water Management Plan 2005, proposing the following changes:

  • Improved access provisions
  • Lower cease-to-take thresholds
  • Formalisation of non-commercial town water rights (provided Surety Level 1 allocation)
  • Clearer information regarding access priorities and accountability in times of water scarcity

Comments on the draft amendments can be made until 20 March 2017Read more and have your say.

Nomination of threatened species

threatenedThe Department of Environment and Energy is inviting nominations for the EPBC threatened species list. Where a species is included on the list, a conservation advice (and, in most cases, a recovery plan) will be developed to guide management decisions, and activities likely to impact on the species will be subject to the EPBC Act.

Nominations can be made until 31 March 2017.  For more information regarding eligibility and the nomination process, click here.


Bushfire-Prone Areas Code

The Minister for Planning has directed the Tasmanian Planning Commission to undertake an assessment of draft Planning Directive No. 5.1 Bushfire-Prone Areas Code. The planning directive will apply only to interim planning schemes (to be superseded when the Tasmanian Planning Scheme takes effect).

Comments on the Draft Planning Directive can be made until 31 March 2017. Read more and have your say.


Marine Plant Draft Management Plan 2017

marineDPIPWE has released a draft management plan for the Tasmanian marine plant fishery, encompassing the taking of cast kelp, other cast seaweeds and introduced marine plant species.

Submissions on the draft plan can be made until 3 April 2017Read more and have your say.


Draft Threat Abatement Plan – Marine Plastics

The Department of the Environment & Energy has released a draft Threat abatement plan for the impacts of marine debris on vertebrate marine species outlining a national strategy to manage threats posed by marine debris and guide investment and efforts by governments, research organisations and non-government organisations.

debrisKey actions are proposed to encourage a circular economy, reduce single use plastics, ensure planning decisions consider the potential to increase marine debris, improving management of ghost nets and shipping waste, and improving data collection methods.

Comments on the draft plan can be made until 13 April 2017. Read more and have your say.


National Water Reform inquiry

Serpentine Rivulet 1The Productivity Commission is conducting an inquiry into the reform of Australia’s water resources sector and implementation of the National Water Initiative.  An initial Issues Paper has been released for public comment.

Comments on the Issues Paper can be made until 18 April 2017Read more and have your say.


Stay up to date

To stay up to date with opportunities to comment, subscribe to the EDO Tasmania Bulletin.   You can also use these resources to gather information about current opportunities to have your say.


  • Tasmanian Government
  • Environment Protection Authority – Assessments in Progress
  • TasWater – Have your say
  • Tasmanian Planning Commission – Amendments to Planning Scheme
  • Planning Alerts – this is a free website that allows you to register to receive an email when a local government planning application is lodged near you (note:  as at January 2016, only Hobart, Launceston, Clarence, Kingborough, Huon Valley and Sorell Councils have signed up to this service – if you are in another local government area, encourage your council to register with Planning Alerts)
  • Local councils
    • check the public notices in your local paper, look for the Council logo.  All discretionary planning applications must be advertised
    • read local newsletters for information about upcoming public meetings and consultations
    • check your Council’s website (generally, in the “Public Notices” section).