Draft Commonwealth Marine Park Management Plans

sharkFederal Environment Minister, Josh Frydenberg, has released draft management plans for 44 Commonwealth Marine reserves, and proposed that “marine reserves” be renamed “marine parks”.  The draft plans do not amend the management plan for South East Commonwealth Marine Reserves applying to waters around Tasmania.

The draft management plans are open for comment until 20 September 2017.  Read more and have your say.


takayna / Tarkine 4WD track project

last-light-tarkine-tasmania-by-arwen-dyerThe Tasmanian Government has referred its proposal to re-open three tracks within takayna’s Western Tasmania Aboriginal Cultural Landscape to the Commonwealth Minister to assess the proposal under the EPBC Act.

Comments on whether the proposal is a ‘controlled action’ and, if so, what level of assessment it should be subject to can be made until 26 September 2017Read more and have your say.


Draft Salmon Growth Plan

OkehamptonThe Tasmanian government has released its draft Sustainable Industry Growth Plan for the Salmon Industry. The Growth Plan maps “Grow” and “No Grow” areas, and outlines a range of measures to monitor and regulate the industry.

Comments on the Growth Plan can be made until 29 September 2017Read more and have your say.


Marine Plants export accreditation


The current export approval for the Marine Plants Fishery under the EPBC Act will expire in December 2017. The Tasmanian Government has applied for ongoing export accreditation / wildlife trade approval for the fishery, based on the new management plan and policy documents.

Comments on the application can be made until 29 September 2017.  Read more and have your say.


Carbon Farming Initiative and Emissions Reduction Fund Review


The Climate Change Authority has released a consultation paper as part of a statutory review of the Emissions Reduction Fund. The paper seeks comments on all aspects of how the scheme is performing.

Comments can be made until 29 September 2017Read more and have your say.



Draft Major Projects legislation


The draft Land Use Planning and Approvals Amendment (Major Projects) Bill 2017 proposes to introduce a new major projects assessment process to replace the current Projects of Regional Significance (PORS) process. Declared major projects will be assessed by a specially appointed expert planning panel.

The Panel must consult with the public and can issue coordinated approvals under planning, environmental, heritage, threatened species and nature conservation legislation. The Panel may also declare a major project has “no reasonable prospect” of being approved in the early stages to avoid further detailed assessment.

As with the current PORS process, there will be no right of appeal from a panel decision.

Comments on the draft Bill can be made until 2 October 2017.  Read more and have your say.


Waste and recycling industry in Australia


The Senate Environment Committee is conducting an inquiry into the waste and recycling industry in Australia, including issues related to landfill, markets for recycled waste and the role of the Australian Government in providing a coherent approach to the management of solid waste.

Submissions to the inquiry can be made until 20 October 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).