Australian-Government11-300x212Parliamentary Inquiry into Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

The Joint Committee considering the recommendations of the Referendum Council, the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and previous committee recommendations is inviting further public submissions

Submissions should be made by 11 June 2018.  Read more and have your say.


GSBCCambria Estate Draft Planning Scheme Amendment

The Glamorgan Spring Bay Council has initiated a draft planning scheme amendment to facilitate the Cambria Estate development.

Any person can make a representations on the proposed amendments until 14 June 2018. Read more and have your say

Review of EPBC Act impacts on agriculture

cows-on-weedy-farmAs part of the review of the impact of the EPBC Act on farmers, Review Chair, Dr Wendy Craik, has released a briefing paper and invited submissions from farmers and any interested stakeholders regarding the application of environmental regulation on farms, the implications for farmers of threatened species listing and how farmers determine whether referral under the EPBC Act is required.

Submissions can be made until 15 June 2018Read more and have your say.



Tasmania-logoAmendments to Land Acquisition Act

The Tasmanian Government has released an Issues Paper proposing amendments to the Land Acquisition Act 1993 to “streamline the compulsory land acquisition process.”  Proposed amendments include:

  • Allowing an acquiring authority to proceed straight to compulsory acquisition (rather than having to attempt a negotiated purchase in the first instance) where the Minister has approved acquisition.
  • Limiting compensation for injurious affection to adjoining land under the same ownership as the land to be acquired
  • Limiting compensation for disturbance to disturbance related to the taking of the land, rather than the subsequent use of the land

Public comments can be made until 17 June 2018Read more and have your say.



SMCLOGO-Act-1Southern Midlands Draft Strategic Plan 2018 – 2027

The Southern Midlands Council has released its draft Southern Midlands Council Strategic Plan 2018 – 2027 for comment prior to consideration at the June meeting.

Comments on the draft Strategic Plan can be made until 20 June 2018Read more and have your say.


8250460-3x2-940x627Draft Environmental Licence Regulations

The EPA has released draft Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Environmental Licences) Regulations 2018 for public comment. The regulations, introduced to implement the EPA’s new regulatory powers over salmon farms, provide for the following:

  • maximum penalties for various offences
  • special penalties for producing dissolved nitrogen levels above thresholds set in licence conditions ($150,000 per excess tonne)
  • criteria for determining when a new or varied marine farming proposal will be referred to the EPA Board for assessment.  These include situations where:
    • there is a “very high” level of public interest in the proposal,
    • there is a reasonable likelihood that an EPBC Act referral will be required,
    • projected dissolved nitrogen levels or overall biomass are likely to exceed currently authorised levels by more than 10%
    • a lease area has not been used for 10 years, or
    • the Director is satisfied that an approval granted more than 2 years earlier was based on inadequate information regarding potential impacts.

Comments on the draft Regulations can be made until 29 June 2018Read more and have your say.


Recycle-symbol-smallImproving product stewardship

The Department of the Environment and Energy is seeking input into its first five-yearly review of the Product Stewardship Act 2011. The purpose of the review is to ensure that the Act is effective and delivering the best outcomes for business and the environment. The review is also looking at making minor amendments to the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.

Comments on the review are open until 29 June 2018. Read more and have your say.

Survey on Marine Aquaculture Approval Processes in Tasmania

8250460-3x2-940x627University of Tasmania PhD candidate, Lisa Uffman-Kirsch, is investigating the causes of conflict in marine aquaculture licensing and approvals and exploring potential solutions. As part of her research, Lisa is inviting those with an interest in Tasmanian marine aquaculture projects to participate in an online survey.

Survey participation is open until 30 June 2018. Read 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).