EDO Tasmania is a non-profit community legal centre advising on environmental and planning law. Our aim is to increase public awareness of environmental laws and remedies, and help the community to secure a healthy, sustainable Tasmania.
Happy new year! EDO Tasmania is looking forward to a year of working hard to protect the environment.
For anyone still looking for inspiration for your new year’s resolutions, here are a few things to consider for 2017:
- Get involved – democracy works best when as many people as possible share their views. Sign a petition, attend a public meeting, join a community group, make a short representation about a development in your area, write a letter to the editor, or email your local member about an issue that concerns you.
- Understand your carbon footprint, and work out the best ways to reduce it. A great calculator is available at www.epa.vic.gov.au/AGC/home.html
- Reduce your waste – for helpful hints, check out Zero Waste Tasmania
- Stay informed – find out more about impacts on the world around you, understand the science, talk to proponents, and ask questions about how your local member votes on key issues. Get along to the many free public events on offer (e.g. www.events.utas.edu.au/), subscribe to the EDO Tas Bulletin, or check out theyvoteforyou.org.au/
- Get out there! Make the time to visit the places that you love, and to help others appreciate why they are special.
Photo credit: Arwen Dyer (www.arwendyer.com)
Woop woop, it’s the final EDO Tas Bulletin for 2016!
Catch up on all the end-of-year environmental and planning law news, reminders of impending deadlines for submissions, and our highlights from the year.
EDO Tas extends our warmest festive-season wishes to everyone and hopes you enjoy a relaxing break. We’ll be back in 2017 to keep using the law to protect the environment – see you then!
The Tasmanian Government today released the independent report commissioned as part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Bushfire and Climate Change Research Project.
The report concludes that climate change will increase the risks of bushfire in the TWWHA in coming years, and makes a series of recommendations, including:
- development of a comprehensive fire management plan, including clear objectives for planned burns
- improved monitoring and detection technologies
- improved mapping of vegetation, soil, natural and cultural values within the TWWHA
- protocols for rapid assessment
- more effective and timely rehabilitation activities.
To read the report, click here.
The Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) is due to expire in November 2017. The Federal and Tasmanian governments are committed to establishing a “rolling 20-year extension” of the RFA, with some minor amendments to the monitoring, communication, review and dispute resolution clauses.
Feedback on the proposed extension and amendments is invited by 12:30pm on 23 December 2016. Read more and have your say.
Drop-in sessions to discuss the proposed extension are being held by the Department of State Growth:
- 5 December 2016, 4.00–7.30pm at Peach & Plum Rooms – Huon LINC, 1 Skinner Drive, Huonville
- 7 December 2016, 4.00–7.30pm at Wellers Inn, 36 Queen Street, Burnie
- 8 December 2016, 4.00–7.30pm at The LINC, 51 King Street, Scottsdale
For those unable to attend these sessions, an online questionnaire is available to assist in making comments.
Our team is a hardy bunch! On 13 November they fronted up at the Casino to take on a modified “Point to Pinnacle” half-marathon up to Fern Tree and back.
There’s still time to show them that the cold and wet was all worthwhile – donations can be made up until 30 November.
See some more photos in our Facebook album.
Thanks to all our generous supporters, the P2P campaign has already raised over $22,000!
EDO Tasmania extends our sincere thanks to all who helped to make this year’s quiz night a success – our generous sponsors, tireless volunteers and enthusiastic competitors.
Look forward to seeing you all next year!