A revised Draft Freycinet Peninsula Master Plan has recently been released for public comment aiming to address key concerns to the tourist region including transport issues and water management. The Draft Master Plan was initially released in June 2018, but has now been refined in response to feedback received during the first round of consultation.

The plan was developed with input from the community and a steering committee comprised of representatives from the Parks and Wildlife Service, the Department of State Growth, the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council, East Coast Tourism, the Freycinet Association Inc and the Freycinet Destination Action Plan group.

Public comment is open until 26 April 2019. For more information on how to have your say, click here.


Tasmanian GMO Moratorium Review

Since 2001, the Tasmanian government has maintained a moratorium on the commercial release of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) into the environment. The current moratorium expires on 16 November 2019. The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) have commenced a review of the GMO Moratorium and have released an Issues Paper to determine the future of Tasmania’s GMO moratorium.

DPIPWE is now seeking submissions from the public until 26th April 2019.


TWWHA Tourism Master Plan consultations

Consultants ERA Planning have announced workshops and drop in sessions for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Tourism Master Plan to be held from 2 May 2019 through to 14 May 2019.  The workshops and drop in sessions are to be held in Geeveston, Bothwell, Strahan, Devonport, Deloraine, Launceston and Brighton.

For more details on the objectives of the Tourism Masterplan and the schedule for the drop in sessions, click here.



Brighton draft Local Provisions Schedule (LPS)

Brighton Council’s draft Local Provisions Schedule (LPS) to implement the Tasmanian Planning Scheme (TPS) is open for public comment. The draft LPS includes the planning controls and associated mapping that apply to the Brighton Council area.

Written representations on the Brighton draft LPS are now open until 11 June 2019. Click here to view the exhibition documents and how to have your say.

You can also find EDO Tasmania’s fact sheet on the Tasmanian Planning Policies for more information on the reform process.


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).