Welcome to the City of Hobart Bushcare Winter News Update
This season there is a lot
happening in Hobart's bush. We will be planting natives to help restore the
Derwent foreshore, undertaking track maintenance on the
North-South Track and working on eradicating daphne laurel at Fern Tree.
We hope to see you at one of these activities this Winter!
Bandicoot Times Newsletter
Discover what has been
happening in Hobart's bushland areas and learn about some of the fantastic
bushcare projects being undertaken by volunteers in your community. Find
this out and more in the latest Bandicoot
Working Bee Program
Get outside this Winter and
give a group a helping hand for a couple of hours. There's a range of
activities happening this Winter. To find out
what's happening download the latest Bushcare
Working Bee program.
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. Our fortnightly(ish) Bulletin contains news about
current developments in planning and environment law, upcoming
events and opportunities for public comment.
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The draft Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)
audit report into Tassal’s Macquarie Harbour operations was
released last week. The report identified 19 non-compliances
with ASC standards across the company's Middle Harbour and
Gordon leases. Four of the non-compliances were considered
Extensive Beggiatoa mats in six fallowed
pen bays, contrary to visual impact conditions of Marine
Impacts observed beyond 35 m from the lease
boundaries, contrary to licence conditions
Inadequacy of complaint handling procedures
Limited progress in improving water quality
downstream of effluent discharge points at the Florentine and
ASC certification for the leases
expired earlier this year. The draft audit report recommends
that the leases can be re-certified if the major non-compliances
are addressed within 90 days.
To read the EPA's response to the draft report, click
here. Notably, the report did not assess the Franklin
lease, which the EPA Director ordered be de-stocked to allow
recovery. Re-certification of that lease is not currently proposed.
The draft report is available here.
Comments on the report's findings and recommendations can be made
until 7 June
2017 (see 'Opportunities to Comment').
Tassal reapplies for Okehampton Bay facilities
In March 2017, the Tasmanian Planning Commission found
that proposed amendments to the Glamorgan Spring Bay Planning
Scheme to allow construction of a wharf and on-shore processing
facilities to support Tassal's Okehampton Bay expansion were not
properly advertised and could not be approved.
A fresh application has now been lodged with the Council and will
be considered at its meeting on 23 May 2017. The revised
application seeks to rezone the foreshore area to Light Industrial
Zone and insert a Specific Area Plan permitting Resource
Development and Resource Processing uses for fish processing
activities. A related planning permit seeks approval for
a jetty and wharf, storage sheds, carpark, office and water
tanks to support the onshore operations.
For a copy of the application, click here (from
p25). If Council agrees to progress the amendment, the
application will be referred to the Commission and released for
public comment before any amendments are made or permits granted.
of Legislative Council boundaries
Following a statutory review under the Legislative Council Electoral Boundaries Act
1995, a final determination of Legislative
Council division boundaries has been released. The
Redistribution Tribunal will now consider transition arrangements
for implementing the new boundaries (see "Opportunities to
The EPA has advertised for expressions of interest for appointment
to the Board of the EPA in the following roles:
three Deputy members
The EPA Board is an
independent statutory body whose main function is undertaking environmental
impact assessment of development proposals for Level 2 activities
(large industry activities, expected to include salmon farming from
late 2017). The Board may also provide advice to the Minister on
environmental management issues.
For more information
about the roles, click
here. Expressions of interest must be received by 7 June 2017.
The final release of the National Climate Change Adaptation
Research Facility's wonderful CoastAdapt tool was launched on 17
May 2017. The comprehensive tool, designed to support
decision-makers dealing with climate change-related risks on the
Australian coast, includes mapping, information manuals,
infographics, case studies and risk assessment
New database maps climate laws and litigation
activity around the world
The Grantham Research Institute and the Sabin Centre have
released two databases:
Climate Change Laws
of the World, covering national-level climate change
legislation and policies in 164 countries
Litigation of the World, featuring climate
litigation cases from 25 countries. The dataset does not
include the United States, but a separate collation of US
based data is available
a report on trends in litigation and legislation in 2017, click here. The report
notes that approximately two thirds of climate litigation has
achieved some degree of success.
Federal Budget released on 9 May 2017 made only limited reference
to environmental matters. Key impacts include:
Reduced budget allocation to the Climate
Change Authority, and commitment to wind up the agency “within
the life of the current Parliament”
Increased budget allocation for emissions
$86.3M to accelerate onshore gas
production, including EIAs for impacts of proposed
unconventional gas fields on groundwater and feasibility
studies for pipelines
Continued discussion of Federal take-over
of Snowy Hydro scheme to progress pumped hydro capacity
$110M investment in solar thermal project
in Port Augusta
$12.5M for a national research program to
study the health effects of PFAS chemicals
Funding for the National Climate Change
Adaptation Research Facility to end in 2018-2019
$13.4M to CSIRO to complete an online
energy-use data model for regulators and industry
To view the full Environment
Portfolio budget papers, click here. The Tasmanian
Budget will be released on 25
Climate centre to be based in Hobart
CSIRO has announced a new Centre for Southern Hemisphere Oceans
Research (CSHOR), a joint venture with Qingdao National Laboratory
for Marine Science and Technology, UNSW and UTAS, will begin
operating in June. The centre will examine how the Indian,
Southern and Pacific Oceans interact and drive global climate.
alliance of farmers from around the country have formed Farmers for
Climate Action, dedicated to working to strengthen Australia’s
response to climate change. The aims of the FCA focus on renewable
energy, paddock-to-plate and buying local initiatives, and
supporting farmers who adopt mitigation measures, regenerate soils
and sequester carbon.
The formation of the group follows a survey
of 1,300 farmers which found that eight out of ten
farmers wanted the agricultural sector to advocate for stronger
action on climate change.
The Climate Council last week released its latest report, Risky Business: Health,
Climate and Economic Risks of the Carmichael Coalmine.
The report highlights the financial risk associated with investing
in coal in the face of changing energy markets and investors
committing to divest from fossil fuels.
Given Australia's huge potential for renewable energy investment,
the Council suggests that fighting the global trend of
transitioning away from fossil fuels would be economically,
environmentally and socially unwise.
City Council's Dr Edward Hall Grants provide up to $5,000 for
innovative environmental projects run by schools, community
organisations and businesses. To be eligible, projects should
focus on energy efficiency, waste reduction, air and water quality,
food gardens, climate change, sustainable transport or local
biodiversity in Hobart.
Applications are due by 13
June 2017. For more information click
Excellence Awards - call for nominations
a great planner? Been involved in a successful planning
project? Nominations for the 2017 PIA Awards for
Planning Excellence are open until 7 August 2017. For
more information, click
Funding available for
threatened species protection
are open for grants from the Threatened Species Recovery Fund for
community projects to protect threatened species. The competitive
funding round provides grants between $20,000 and $250,000.
Applications close on 15
topic for this year’s essay is: How
well do Australian legal institutions respond to climate change?
How could that response be improved? Any judicial
officers, legal practitioners, legal academics and law students are
eligible to submit an essay addressing the topic, and be in the
running for a $10,000 prize.
(Unlocking Production Forests) Bill 2017 is likely
to be debated by the Legislative Council this week. The
Bill was withdrawn from Notices at the last sitting session before
recent Legislative Council elections.
Forests Minister, Guy Barnett, has urged
Councillors to support the legislation, while many
industry stakeholders remain opposed to the Bill.
years ago, the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute recommended
that Tasmania establish a Charter of Rights, including a
right to a healthy environment. In the lead up to the next
State election, a petition is being circulated to generate support
for a Tasmanian Human Rights Act to give effect to the TLRI
Future of Australian Environmental Laws -
technical reports released
The Australian Panel of Experts on Environmental Law
has drafted eight papers recommending a series of reforms to ensure
Australia's suite of environmental laws are as transparent,
efficient, effective and participatory as possible.
DPIPWE has released a draft Biosecurity Bill 2017 for
public consultation. The Bill seeks to bring replace a
range of existing laws affecting biosecurity with a single piece of
framework legislation dealing with pests, weeds, disease and
other biosecurity threats.
A number of farmers have raised
concerns about the scope of seize and destroy powers
under the Bill. The
Minister has announced
that an additional $2M will be allocated to biosecurity measures in
the upcoming budget.
Growing Tasmanian Agriculture - Research,
Development and Extension for 2050
The Tasmanian Government has released a Green
Paper, "Growing Tasmanian Agriculture – Research,
Development and Extension for 2050", and is seeking comments
to guide future Government investment, industry partnerships and
legislative amendments to facilitate productivity improvements.
Transitional Arrangements for new Leg Co
The Redistribution Tribunal is holding an inquiry
into transition arrangements to implement the new Legislative
Council boundaries. The Inquiry will be held in the following
Hobart - 9.30am, 8 June
2017, Taswater Building, 169 Main Rd, Moonah
Launceston - 9.30am, 9 June
2017, Tramsheds Function Centre.
or organisation is invited to appear at the hearing and/or lodge a
written submission relating to the transition arrangements. Written
submissions will be accepted until 6 June 2017. Read
more and have your say.
The West Coast Community Representatives Advisory Forum is hosting
a presentation and Q&A session with IMAS
Scientists, Associate Professor Catriona Macleod and Dr Jeff
Ross, to discuss key findings of ongoing research into the health
of Macquarie Harbour. The presentation will address dissolved
oxygen, management of fish waste, impacts on Maugean Skate, future
research programmes and how to access IMAS reports.
31 May 2017, 7:00pm Where:
Strahan Primary School
the Royal Society of Tasmania's June lecture, Prof Barry Brook will
consider forecasts of existential environmental threats facing
humanity, and speculate on the possible long-term future of
humanity if it reaches beyond this zone of immediate global risk.
6 June 2017, 8:00pm Where: Royal
Society Room, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Tasmania is keen to get feedback from supporters on our work
priorities, accessibility, strategic plans and what we can do
better. The survey will close on 2 June 2017,
to allow time to consider responses before finalising our
work plan for 2017-2018.
To participate in the confidential survey (which takes about 10