NOPSEMA – Operational Risk Assessment Guidance Note

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) has released a final draft of its operational risk assessment guidance note, which is now open for comment. NOPSEMA says the guidance aims to help facility operators “develop, implement and maintain robust operational risk assessment procedures where degradation of safety-critical equipment or some other abnormal operational situation may potentially compromise safety and increase the risk of a major accident event.”

Public comment closes on 6 September 2019.

For more information on how to have your say, click here.


AnchorCentral Highlands Wind Farm EPA Assessment

Epuron Pty Ltd has lodged a notice of intent to construct and operate a wind farm located in the Central Highlands of Tasmania. The proposal is for up to 67 wind turbines producing up to 300 MW. It includes the construction of a switch-yard connecting the wind farm to the TasNetworks’ Waddamana to Palmertson transmission corridor.

A permit application for the proposed Level 2 activity will be lodged and subject to an environmental impact assessment by the Board of the EPA in accordance with the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPC Act).

Public comment on the draft EIS Guidelines is now open and closes on 7 September 2019.

For more information on the project and how to have your say, click here.


Draft Place Names Bill

A draft Place Names Bill has been released by the Minister for Primary Industries and Water.  The primary purpose of the Bill is to replace the Nomenclature Board and establish a new Place Names Advisory Panel to make provisions for the naming and registration of certain place names in Tasmania.

The public consultation period is open now until 9 September 2019. 

To view the Bill, and for information on how to have your say, click here


CLTP Wynyard Timber Plant

CLTP Panel Products Pty Ltd are proposing to increase the production capacity of an existing Cross Laminated Timber Plant facility in Wynyard, up to a maximum of 10,000 metres cubed  per year of manufactured timber product. The cross laminated timber manufacturing process involves planing and gluing boards of Eucalyptus nitens timber together, to produce structural building panels.

A permit application has been made to Waratah-Wynyard Council and was referred to the Board of the EPA for assessment under the EMPC Act with an Environment Effects Report.

The permit application is now being advertised and the notice period closes on 14 September 2019.

For more information on the application and how to have your say, click here.


Inquiry into the prerequisites for nuclear energy in Australia

Following a referral from the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, the Hon Angus Taylor MP, the Committee resolved on 6 August 2019 to conduct an inquiry into the prerequisites for nuclear energy in Australia.

The Committee is accepting written submissions, addressing one or more of the terms of reference, to be received by Monday 16 September 2019.

For information on how to have your say, click here.


Proposed amendments to Forest Practices Code

The Forest Practices Authority (FPA) is seeking input on proposed amendments to the Forest Practices Code 2015. The Code prescribes the manner in which forest practices shall be conducted so as to ‘provide reasonable protection to the environment’ in accordance with s.31 of the Forest Practices Act 1985 (the Act).

Click here. for ‘how to have your say’. Public comment related to the technical provisions is due on 20 September 2019.




Review of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1975

Tasmania’s Aboriginal cultural heritage is the legacy of Tasmania’s First people – those places, objects and traditions that have been passed down through thousands of generations. The Aboriginal Heritage Act 1975 (the Act) is a stand-alone piece of Tasmanian legislation which defines what Aboriginal heritage is and sets out how that heritage must be managed.

The Act was amended in 2017 for the first time since it was created in 1975. The amendments served to address only some of the most outdated and problematic parts of the Act. The amendments were an interim step with a requirement added to the Act requiring a full review of the legislation within three years. The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment is managing the review process.

Public comment as a written submission closes on 21 September 2019.

For more information on the review and how to have your say, click here.


Draft Tasman National Park Fly Neighbourly Advice

The Director of Parks and Wildlife Services (PWS) has released a draft Tasman National Park Fly Neighbourly Advice for public comment.  The stated aim is to minimise disturbance in the Tasman National Park area.

The public consultation period n 21 September 2019. 

For more information on how to have your say, click here.


Draft Tasmanian Disaster Resilience Strategy

The Department of Premier and Cabinet has released a draft Tasmanian Disaster Resilience Strategy 2020-2025 to address and plan for climate change induced extreme weather events.

Public comment relating to the strategy are open and close on 26 September 2019.

For more information on how to have your say, click here.


Review of Tasmania’s Local Government Legislation

On 3 July 2019, the Minister for Local Government, released the Tasmanian Government’s Reform Directions Paper, outlining the proposed reforms to Tasmania’s local government legislation framework. The Department of Premier and Cabinet are leading the review and are currently at phase 2 of the review process. Consultation sessions for the proposed reform directions are being held around the State in July and August 2019. 

Submissions are invited on the proposed reforms directions which closes on the 30 September 2019.

For more information, click here.

To view EDO Tasmania’s submission in March 2019 on the review, click here.


Draft Cat Management Act

The Tasmanian government has released draft proposed amendments to the Tasmanian Cat Management Act 2009. The Biosecurity Tasmania website states that the amendments seek to improve levels of responsible cat ownership and welfare, provide for the effective management of cats, and reduce the potential negative impacts on the community, agriculture and the environment.

Public comment is open until 4 October 2019.

To access the draft amendments and information on how to have your say, click here


Draft Waste Action Plan

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) released a Draft Waste Action Plan for public comment. The Tasmanian Government has been working with stakeholders to develop a new strategic approach to waste management and resource recovery. According to DPIPWE, stakeholder priorities, as well as the strategies and principles from the National Waste Policy 2018, form the basis of the Draft Waste Action Plan.

The draft is open for public comment until 7 October 2019.



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  • 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).