The number of tourists coming to Tasmania per year has increased by a whopping 31% over the last four years, from 961,600 in the year to June 2013 to 1.26 million in the year to June 2016 (Tourism Tasmania figures), and expenditure has grown by even more. But the number of people employed in tourism has hardly changed in those four years.
The Planning Matters Alliance Tasmania (PMAT) was officially launched in July 2017. PMAT is a network of 50 community groups from across Tasmania, campaigning for a strategic, sustainable and integrated planning system which will serve to protect the values that makes Tasmania such a special place to live and visit.
A 2005 Department of Primary Industries and Water report, The Distribution and Abundance of Fallow Deer in the Central Plateau Conservation Area and adjacent areas in Tasmania, confirmed the occasional presence of deer within the Central Plateau Conservation Area (CPCA). This area falls within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA).
One would expect that the quality of the experience that visitors have at tourist attractions and while undertaking tourist activities would be a key factor in driving demand and keep people returning to the state. However, the Tasmanian Tourism industry has inadequate measures of the visitor experience.
Urban sprawl creates unsustainable cities and towns that destroy local habitats and ecosystems, increase carbon emissions and energy consumption, and contribute to poverty, isolation and poor health in communities. Addressing housing affordability through the planning system can help create neighbourhoods that are spatially efficient, well-connected and well-serviced. These neighbourhoods have a lower carbon footprint and require less energy consumption to build, maintain and use. Neighbourhoods with affordable housing options have the potential be to more socially and environmentally sustainable, helping to minimise the impact of cities and towns on both the local and global environment.
Article by Melinda Morris, University of Tasmania
The Hobart City Council General Manager Nick Heath said in the Mercury on 25 July 2017 that the council had received a letter from the proponent for the Mount Wellington Cable Car but no application. Councillor Damon Thomas said in the same article that there was an application but it was deficient.
9 August 2017
The Tasmanian Conservation Trust today called on the Planning Minister Peter Gutwein to rule out using new ‘major projects’ powers to fast-track the approval of the Fragrance Tower, that is proposed for 28-30 Davey Street in Hobart.
Letter to the editor
Rules to control skyscrapers
There has been a great deal of comment about the Fragrance Group's skyscrapers proposed for Hobart but little debate about solutions.
Peter Gutwein repeatedly criticises TasWater for providing third-world drinking water and sewage management. The minister repeats the same few statistics as if they prove TasWater is a failed institution and the only solution is for him to take it over.
A closer look at the minister’s statistics shows that he has seriously misled us.
The TCT said today that while there are many positive aspects of the Tasmanian Cat Management Plan, released yesterday, it is highly disappointing that the state government has decided to not legislate for compulsory confinement of pet cats. Instead, the government intends leaving it to each council to implement local by-laws if they want to have powers to confine pet cats...
Letter to the Editor
The Property Council's Brian Wightman has proclaimed majority support for the Government's take-over of TasWater (Mercury, 13 May 2017). But the question people were asked in the ReachTel survey is both inaccurate and biased.