Hobart Interim Planning Scheme 2015: Amendments to the height standards in the central business zone

The TCT recommends that the HCC revises the PSA-17-3 Amendments to the CBD zone to include maximum height limits and that the revised amendments be re-advertised for public comment. The maximum heights should be set cautiously low, until more detailed studies can be undertaken. The proposed maximum heights could be as low as the heights in the proposed acceptable solutions but no higher than the average for each part of the CBD.

Draft Mount Wellington Cable Car Facilitation Bill 2017

Draft Mount Wellington Cable Car Facilitation Bill 2017

Legislation is not necessary

The State Government has not provided a convincing justification for the Draft Mount Wellington Cable Car Facilitation Bill 2017 (Draft Bill). The TCT argues that the legislation is not needed for the purpose of facilitating the construction and operation of a cable car and is, in fact, a political tactic to provide an advantage to the state government in the lead up to the state election. This is a grave misuse of the Parliament.

Draft Finfish Farming Environmental Regulations 2017

Draft Finfish Farming Environmental Regulation Bill 2017

The State Government did not consult the broader Tasmanian community prior to developing the Draft Finfish Farming Environmental Regulation Bill 2017 (Draft Bill) and this renders it fundamentally flawed. We assume that the State Government developed the Draft Bill solely through consultation with the finfish farming industry and it shows.

Overarching recommendation

The TCT recommends that the Draft Bill be abandoned and that a consultation process be commenced to ask the broader Tasmanian community what concerns them about finfish farming and that legislation be drafted that addresses these concerns.

Submission to the Draft Tasmanian Planning Policies Bill 2017

SUBMISSION TO THE DRAFT TASMANIAN PLANNING POLICES BILL 2017

For many years the TCT has identified the need for additional State Policies (as created under the State Policies and Projects Act). The Resource Management and Planning System was designed to provide for the development of a comprehensive suite of State Policies on matters of state significance. State Policies were envisaged to provide integration, guidance and consistency across all planning schemes as well as effecting decisions made outside of schemes. The proposed TPPs will not achieve this. It will only serve to give retrospective endorsement to the State Government’s SPPs, while further alienating the Tasmanian public from the Government’s reforms.

Rock Lobster Management Review

As is made clear throughout this submission, the TCT views the Draft Recovery
Plan as generally inadequate and significantly inferior to the previous plan. We
believe that a key reason for this is that the current draft was prepared by the
Australian Government, with very limited consultation with the responsible state
agencies and no community consultation. In contrast, the previous Plan was
developed by the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water
and Environment (DPIPWE) with the assistance of members of the Recovery
Team.

Draft Tasmanian Cat Management Plan

GENERAL COMMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

The strongest aspects of the Draft Plan are:
- the actions aimed at promoting best practice techniques: section 4.2;
- a number of actions that aim to improve knowledge about feral cats;
including section 4.4; and
- the recommended changes to the Cat Management Act; section 4.6.
The weakest aspects of Draft Plan are:
- the lack of commitment to actual control or eradication of feral cats:
section 4.5;
- an inadequate understanding of the most effective approaches to
community education and behavioural change; sections 4.1 and 4.3;
- that the clarification of the roles and responsibilities of state government
land management authorities and local councils is yet to be done and
may not be included in the final plan: section 4.7.