Battery Point Slipyards Draft Master Plan

The Hobart City Council has developed a draft Master Plan for the Battery Point Slipyards.  The draft Master Plan is now open for comment.

To access the Battery Point Slipyards – draft Master Plan, and more information on how to have your say, click here.

Feedback is open until Friday 14 June 2019.


Waterfall Valley Public and Ranger Huts

The Parks and Wildlife Service is inviting public comment on the proposed Waterfall Valley Public and Ranger Huts proposed for the Overland Track. The track is a premiere multi-day alpine walk in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. PWS state that the proposal is part of a ‘larger project to address the inconsistent capacity and standard of huts at the five main overnight nodes on the Overland Track.’

The Reserve Activity Assessment (RAA) report is available for download. For more information on how to have your say, click here.

The consultation period closes on Wednesday 19 June 2019.


TWWHA Tourism Master Plan

A Tourism Master Plan (TMP) for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) is being drafted by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.

In late 2015, a Reactive Monitoring Mission was carried out by representatives of the IUCN and ICOMOS (advisory bodies to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee). The Mission considered the management of the TWWHA and called for strict criteria to be established for new tourism development, detailed in a comprehensive Tourism Master Plan

For a summary on the recommendations from UNESCO on what improvements should be made to the management of Tasmania’s World Heritage area, click here.

DPIPWE have requested that for feedback to be fully considered in the preparation of the draft Tourism Master Plan, it should be provided prior to 28 June 2019.

For further information on the Tourism Master Plan (TWWHA) process and how to have your say during consultation meetings click here.


Neighbourhood Disputes over Plants Amendment Bill 2019

The Neighbourhood Disputes over Plants Act Amendment Bill 2019 proposals a number of amendments to the Neighbourhood Disputes About Plants Act 2017, summarised as follows:

  • new enforcement provisions for orders to allow defaulting parties to be penalised for failing to comply;
  • clarifies that under the branch removal notice provisions of the Act, a person is required to give at least 24 hours’ notice of the person’s intention to perform work on another person’s property;
  • provides the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal broader discretion to consider other relevant matters when determining whether parties have made reasonable attempts to resolve disputes.

Pubic comment is due 28 June 2019. To view the Bill and for more information on how to have your say, click here.

For a fact sheet covering the Neighbourhood Disputes over Plants Act 2017, click here.


Proposed Projects for ‘South East Traffic Solution.’

The Department of State Growth has proposed a number of projects known as the ‘South East Traffic Solution’ with the aim to ‘help maintain the liveability of Sorell and the Southern Beaches by improving travel time reliability through a more efficient and safer road network’. The Tasmanian government is seeking community feed back on options for the following:

  • Sorell Southern Bypass
  • Hobart Airport to Midway Point causeway
  • Midway Point Intersection Solution

Visit the interactive map to view the options and for more details on how to have your say.

Public feedback closes on Friday 28 June 2019





The National Environment Protection (Ambient Air Quality)

The National Environment Protection (Ambient Air Quality) Measure (Ambient Air Quality NEPM) establishes national ambient air quality standards and a national framework for the monitoring and reporting of six common air pollutants, including ozone, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide.

The National Environment Protection Council (NEPC) has released an impact statement and draft variation to the Ambient Air Quality NEPM in relation to its standards including, revising the standards to take into account new evidence around the health effects of these air pollutants.

The public consultation period for the Impact Statement and draft varied measure will close on Wednesday, 7 August 2019.

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


Central Coast draft Local Provision Schedule (LPS)

The Tasmanian Planning Commission (the Commission) has directed Central Coast Council to publicly exhibit the Draft Central Coast Local Provisions Schedule under section 35B of the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 (the Act). The LPS must be consistent with the State Planning Polices (other than any local variations allowed by the SPP), the Resource Management Planning System objectives, State Policies and the relevant Regional Land Use Strategy.

The Draft Central Coast LPS and relevant supporting document, including the State Planning Provisions (SPPs) can be be accessed here.

The period for representation commenced on Tuesday 11 June and closes on Friday 9 August 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.


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).