Role of Australian Government in development of cities

sc24The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities is conducting an Inquiry into the Australian Government’s role in the development of cities, sustainability transitions in existing cities and growing new sustainable regional cities and towns.

Submissions to the inquiry can be made until 21 July 2017. Read more and have your say.


Draft salmon farming legislation

SalmonThe draft Finfish Farming Environmental Regulation Bill 2017 has been released for public comment. The draft Bill formally transfers responsibility for environmental regulation to the EPA, creates a new Environmental Licence to regulate farming operations and allows marine areas to be declared “marine farming exclusion zones.”

Comments on the draft Bill can be made until 28 July 2017. Read more and have your say.

You can read EDO Tasmania’s briefing on the Bill here.



Mount Wellington Cable Car Facilitation Bill

mt-wellingtonThe Minister for State Growth has released draft legislation to allow the Mount Wellington Cable Car project to avoid the need to obtain landowner consent from Hobart City Council. Instead, the Minister will acquire the land on behalf of the proponent and allow a planning application to be submitted for the project.

To read the draft Bill, click here.  The key changes proposed are explained in our Briefing Note.

Any person can make comments on the draft Bill until 4 August 2017Read more and have your say.


Tax status of Environmental Organisations

A new Treasury Discussion Paper outlines a range of proposed restrictions on the eligibility of environmental NGOs to receive tax-deductible donations.

Proposals include requiring ENGOs to spend at least 25% (and, potentially, up to 50%) of their revenue on on-ground remediation activities, rather than advocacy, research, education or litigation activities, and allowing groups engaging in activities deemed unlawful, contrary to public policy or explicitly political (such as endorsing or opposing particular candidates) to have their tax-exempt status revoked.

Comments on the paper can be made until 4 August 2017Read more and have your say.


Climate change impacts to built environment

sc24The Senate Environment and Communications References Committee is conducting an inquiry into the current and future impacts of climate change on housing, buildings and infrastructure, including water supply, transportation and energy infrastructure, and the adequacy of current climate policies.

Submissions can be made until 14 August 2017.  Read more and have your say.


Special Species Management Plan

Special SpeciesThe Tasmanian Government has released a consultation draft of the Special Species Management Plan. The Plan, made under the  Forestry (Rebuilding the Forest Industry) Act 2014, aims to “provide a management framework for the long-term and sustainable harvesting of Tasmanian special species timbers.”

Comments on the draft Plan can be made until 9am on Monday 28 August 2017.  Read 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).