PMAT Media Release: Has Hodgman abandoned the review of RAA process for developments in national parks and reserves?

The RAA process governs the Parks and Wildlife Service’s assessment of proposed developments on approximately 50% of Tasmania, so it’s essential the process is robust.

A long-awaited review of the Reserve Activity Assessment Process (RAA), the internal government process by which developments in national parks and reserves are assessed, has stalled with no apparent progress for over a year. Stakeholders are unable to get clear information on progress, timelines and the formal process regarding consultation. It appears that the state government has abandoned this critically important review of the RAA or put it off indefinitely in the hope that currently proposed developments are approved under the existing deeply flawed process.

Eleven community groups (outlined below) working to protect values in publicly-owned parks and reserves are frustrated they cannot get clarity on the review and have resorted to lodging a Right to Information (RTI) request to seek transparency.

Read PMAT Media Release here.

Input Into Improving The Tasmanian Planning Policies Bill

PMAT helped secure eight amendments to the Land Use Planning Approvals Amendment (Tasmanian Planning Policies and Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2018. This passed with tri-partisan support in the Tasmanian Parliament in November 2018.

PMAT met with Labor, the Greens and briefed the Legislative Council on the amendments, which enhance accountability and transparency by increasing the role of Parliament, the Tasmanian Planning Commission and the community in the development of Tasmanian Planning Policies.

Strategic statewide policies have been a missing component of the Resource Management and Planning System for a very long time, and though PMAT’s preference is for the development of State Policies as they provide for a whole of Government approach, (as opposed to Tasmanian Planning Policies, which have limited scope), we welcomed efforts to develop strategic policies.

Read PMAT’s Media Release here.

PMAT's Planning Policy Election Scorecard is go!

Planning Matters Alliance Tasmania has launched its planning policy checker so you can now determine where political parties and candidates stand on planning issues and how the Liberals' new planning laws could harm Tasmania's precious way of life and the areas we live, work and play in. 

Please download and share with people so that more people understand what's at stake this election.

For a detailed analysis of how the parties rated please read our media release.

Download election scorecard → 

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Cable car scandal a case in point – Tasmania needs robust planning laws

Revelations the Hodgman government secretly approved an ‘Authority’ for the Mt Wellington Cable Car Company to enter protected land on the summit of kunanyi/Mt Wellington to begin drilling as part of the controversial cable car project, just days before the Tasmanian state election was called, highlights the lack of proper process and need for robust planning laws.