Public open spaces in Clarence

cccClarence City Council is developing a strategy to guide the provision of public open space for the next 20 years. A community information forum regarding the Strategy will be held on 15 December 2016.

Community input into the Strategy is invited until 15 January 2017.  Read more and have your say.


Draft National Strategy for Mitigating Vessel Strike of Marine Mega-fauna

whaleThe Department of the Environment and Energy has released a draft National Strategy for Mitigating Vessel Strike of Marine Mega-fauna for public comment. The Strategy is a guiding framework for identifying species most at risk of vessel collision, areas where these species are most at risk, and appropriate management measures to reduce the collision risk.

Submissions are invited until 21 January 2017. Read more and have your say.


Black and Brookers gum forest community considered for critically endangered listing

e_brookerana_caps_xThe national Threatened Species Scientific Committee is undertaking an assessment on the “Tasmanian forests and woodlands dominated by black gum or Brookers gum (Eucalyptus ovata / E. brookeriana)” to determine whether to list the forest type as a critically endangered ecological community under the EPBC Act. The draft conservation advice shows over 90% decline in abundance of the forest community (which occurs mostly in northern and eastern Tasmania).

Listing the ecological community under the EPBC Act will raise awareness of threats to the community, require detailed assessment before any further reduction on abundance is threatened, and encourage restoration efforts.

Comments on the draft conservation advice and listing proposal can be made until 27 January 2017Read more and have your say.



Finkel report on National Electricity Marketwind-turbines17

Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, has released a preliminary report on the Future Security of the National Electricity Market for public consultation.

Comments on the report can be made until 21 February 2017Read more and have your say.


Draft Aboriginal Heritage Billfetch

The Tasmanian government has released draft legislation to amend the Aboriginal Relics Act 1975. The Bill is designed to give effect to the immediate, minimal changes flagged by the Government earlier in 2016, including

  • renaming the Act as the “Aboriginal Heritage Act”;
  • removing the 1876 “cut-off” for what is considered as Aboriginal heritage;
  • increasing penalties for damage to Aboriginal heritage;
  • replacing the ignorance defence with a due diligence defence, supported by due diligence guidelines;
  • establishing a statutory Aboriginal Heritage Council of Aboriginal people to advise the Minister; and

The Government intends to undertake a more comprehensive review of Aboriginal heritage laws within 3 years.  For a comparison of Aboriginal heritage laws in other states, click here.

Comments on the draft Bill can be made until 24 February 2017Read more and have your say.  To read EDO Tasmania’s earlier submission regarding the proposed changes, 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).