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We need to protect the things that make Tasmania special. Whether it’s our Aboriginal history, natural environment, or the built heritage and character of our towns and cities, we need transparent planning laws that empower people and communities, not big corporations.

The Liberals rushed through the Tasmanian Planning Scheme, written by developers for development interests. It weakens the planning rules that protect our way of life and the local character people love.

We must reform our planning system to prioritise the interests of locals, and return the right to have a real say and to appeal.


What Can I Do?

If you are feeling let down by the planning system, call your local MP or write a letter to the editor in your local paper about your issue (Mercury, Examiner, Advocate).


In Parliament and the Media

Houses, Construction

Building and Construction (Regulatory Reform Amendments) Bil...

The first proposed change that I have some questions around is the change to the Crown land leases and landholder consent.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Legislation  |  Thursday, 15 October 2020

Construction, Work Site

Building And Construction (Regulatory Reform Amendments) Bil...

We are concerned that the minister was not being entirely frank with the House about the extensive consultation that has been undertaken.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Legislation  |  Thursday, 15 October 2020

Swift Parrot

The Critically Endangered Swift Parrot

That special beautiful little parrot is one of the most charming, whimsical and colourful parrots in the world.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Ralphs Bay, South Arm Peninsula, Tasmania

Strong Community Voices Prevail on Eastern Shore

We congratulate the Clarence City Council for voting against the construction of a 67 metre private jetty on Crown Land at Ralphs Bay.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Rosny Hill, Rosny, Tasmania

Hunter Developments Application for Rosny Hill Reserve

The Nature Conservation Act is clear that Rosny Hill Reserve is for public recreation and education.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Halls Island on Lake Malbena, Walls of Jerusalem Nationa Park, Tasmania

Parks RAAs - Tasmanian Audit Office Report

Yesterday's Tasmanian Audit Office report evaluated 22 Parks reserve activity assessments and found that of these, only two had complete documentation.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Parliament House, Tasmania

Minister Jaensch’s Contempt for Parliament

Roger Jaensch’s threats to terminate the Major Projects legislation if the Upper House dares amend it are an assault on the democratic foundation of Parliament.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Swift Parrot

BirdLife Tasmania Media Release - Swift Parrot Habitats

Dr Eric Woehler states that Department of State Growth contractors have unlawfully blocked the nesting hollows of critically endangered swift parrots.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 17 September 2020

Planning Documents

Clarence City Council Must Hand Kangaroo Bay Back to the Com...

The Clarence City Council should refuse a further extension of the time for starting construction on the Kangaroo Bay Plan.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Planning Documents

EPBC Draft Bilateral Agreement

The federal minister for Environment, Hon. Sussan Ley MP, published in the Mercury the Australian Government's intention to develop a draft bilateral agreement.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Planning Documents

Proposed Hospital Development in New Town - Actions of Coord...

The Coordinator-General has inserted himself into a planning process to try to influence council over a contentious private hospital development in New Town.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Tuesday, 25 August 2020

City Planners Around Table

Land Use Planning and Approvals Amendment (Major Projects) B...

Full House of Assembly debate on the Land Use Planning and Approvals Amendment (Major Projects) Bill 2020.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Legislation  |  Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Planning Documents

Major Projects Submissions Withheld from Legislators

A large number of submissions made on the Land Use Planning and Approvals Amendment (Major Projects) Bill are being withheld from scrutiny by legislators.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Ralphs Bay, South Arm Peninsula, Tasmania

Ralphs Bay - Development Application

In March 2004 there was a very large community campaign that commenced in southern Tasmania.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Planning Documents

Where Will Labor Stand on Major Projects?

Tasmanians are passionate defenders of their place. Communities having a say has always been, and should remain, central to planning laws. 
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 17 August 2020

kunanyi / Mount Wellington

MWCC Contemptuous of Planning Process and Public Input

Proponents of a private cable car on the publicly owned summit of Kunanyi/Mt Wellington are treating the planning system and people of Hobart with contempt.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Saturday, 8 August 2020

Planning Documents

TasNetworks Needs to Go Back to the Drawing Board

TasNetworks has again failed to address community and environmental concerns with its revised proposed NW transmission line route.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Wind Farm

Major Infrastructure Development Approvals (North West Tran...

This is a global emergency and reducing our carbon emissions comes from Australia using fewer fossil fuels.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 25 June 2020

Planning Documents

Morrison's Marinus Mirage

The Prime Minister’s announcement today delivers not a single dollar towards Tasmania’s social and economic recovery.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 15 June 2020

City Planners Around Table

Labor's Westbury Hand-wringing as they Back Major Proje...

Labor's hand-wringing to the Westbury community is meaningless while they back in the Liberals' major projects legislation.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 12 June 2020

Construction, Work Site

Building and Construction (Regulatory Reform Amendments) Bil...

Some stakeholders in the sector that they do not feel they had the sort of consultation they would have liked on the changes in this bill.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Legislation  |  Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

Greens Stand Alone on Major Projects Legislation

Labor declared their hand on the contentious Major Projects Bill today - they’ll be backing in the Liberals.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Planning Documents

Jaensch Confirms Community's Major Projects Fears

Planning Minister Roger Jaensch demonstrated exactly why so many Tasmanians are concerned about the proposed Major Projects legislation in Parliament today.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Legislation, Clause Being Highlighted

Major Projects Legislation

The Minister has been deceiving Tasmanians about the need for the damaging and unnecessary major projects legislation.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Planning Documents

Rushed Major Projects Bill Wrong Way for Recovery

Tasmanians will be angry, but not surprised, at the Liberals’ plan to rush their divisive Major Projects legislation through Parliament.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 21 May 2020

City Planners Around Table

No Place for Major Projects in Recovery

Tasmania’s largest council has sent a strong message to the Government that the Major Projects legislation is unnecessary and destructive.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 19 May 2020

City Planners Around Table

Fire Tower Road Development, Koonya

I make some comments about a development application at Fire Tower Road, Koonya, on the Tasman Peninsula. Submissions to the Tasman Council closed today.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 7 May 2020

Planning Documents

COVID-19 - Major Projects Legislation

Regrettably, the Government is trying to make divisive and flawed major projects legislation the centrepiece of Tasmania's recovery.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Thursday, 7 May 2020

Public Meeting, Town Hall

Local Government Review

Local Government is a critical level of government for communities. It is the pathway for residents to shape the place they live.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 22 April 2020

kunanyi / Mount Wellington

Liberals Must Rule Out Cable Car as Major Project

The Liberals’ announcement they plan to table major projects legislation has sent ripples of worry through the community.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 6 March 2020

Air View of Houses

Liberals' Failure Laid Bare on Social Justice Day

World Social Justice Day shines the spotlight on Premier Gutwein’s promise of a ‘compassionate’ government for Tasmania.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 20 February 2020

City Planners Around Table

Kangaroo Bay Proposed Development by Shandong Chambroad

That is such a controversial project and it has been going on since 2015.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Tuesday, 12 November 2019

City Planners Around Table

Neighbourhood Disputes about Plants Amendment Bill 2019

That was the fruition of work at the time that Dr Vanessa Goodwin had done and put in train.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Legislation  |  Tuesday, 29 October 2019

City Planners Around Table

Review Must Protect Tasmanian Planning Commission Independen...

We need a strong independent Planning Commission so it can continue to uphold the sustainable development objectives that protect what makes Tasmania special.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Saturday, 12 October 2019

City Planners Around Table

Huntingfield Housing Land Supply Order

People at the public meeting and people from the Kingborough Council have also been consistently concerned.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Motion  |  Thursday, 5 September 2019

Planning Documents

Huntingfield Housing Land Supply Order

There is a motion on the books which has no action attached to it and no tangibles for people who need housing.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Motion  |  Thursday, 5 September 2019

City Planners Around Table

Estimates Reply - Minister Jaensch

Not only did this Liberal Government decide to squeeze such an important portfolio into one hour, we actually only got about two questions each.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Estimates  |  Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Green Economics

Greens Release Future-Focussed Alternative Budget

Today we proudly delivered the Tasmanian Greens’ fully costed, long-term vision for Tasmania, our Alternative Budget 2019-20. 
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Hobart, Tasmania

Greater Hobart Bill 2019

All great cities around the world have removed artificial boundaries of municipal areas and enable planning connectivity across municipal boundaries.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Legislation  |  Wednesday, 1 May 2019

City Planners Around Table

Land Use Planning And Approvals Amendment (Tasmanian Plannin...

I am pleased to do that particularly because of the willingness of the minister to have the conversations about concerns raised by stakeholders.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Legislation  |  Thursday, 22 November 2018

City Planners Around Table

Call-in Laws For Major Developments Confirmed

Planning Minister, Roger Jaensch, today confirmed, under questioning from the Greens in Parliament, he will introduce Major Projects legislation in 2019. 
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Justice, Scales and Gavel

Greens Move to Reject Major Projects Legislation and Enshrin...

In Parliament this week we will move to affirm the priority that must be given to public participation and appeal rights in any development.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 20 August 2018

City Planners Around Table

Planning and Development

There are also very significant development proposals in the offing, including the proposed Cambria Green mega-development at Dolphin Sands.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Motion  |  Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Public Meeting, Town Hall

Public Reaction to Planning Proposals

I also want to pay tribute to a couple of other communities in Tasmania who have celebrated such important wins over the last couple of months.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Law Books

Planning Legislation for Major Projects

​​​​​​​The open for business mantra of the Government is causing alarm among communities.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Planning Documents

Cambria Green Development Proposal

The Cambria Green mega proposal is the catalyst for a growing alarm across the state that 'open for business' is trashing what makes this island special.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Hobart, Tasmania

kunanyi / Mt Wellington Cable Car - Requirement for Legislat...

Over the past five years, the Government has done everything possible to get a cable car across the Organ Pipes to the summit of kunanyi.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Houses, Construction

Housing Land Supply Bill 2018

There are some issue the minister needs to flesh out on the Floor of this House, particularly the issue around Shelter's submission.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Legislation  |  Thursday, 5 July 2018

City Planners Around Table

Hodgman Refuses to Rule Out Rosny Hill Development

Premier Hodgman confirmed his government would not prevent a proposed major commercial development proceeding on Rosny Hill.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 13 June 2018

City Planners Around Table

Cambria Green Development

On the morning of 21 April this year there was a signing ceremony for the joint development and construction of the Cambrian Culture and Art Town.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 14 June 2018

Planning Documents

Cambria Green - Rezoning

The mega Cambria Green development is one of the largest planning scheme amendments and tourism developments ever proposed for Tasmania.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Thursday, 14 June 2018

City Planners Around Table

Cambria Green Mega Development

Your Government's open-for-business mantra has most recently manifested itself in a 3185 hectare mega development proposal at Dolphin Sands.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Thursday, 14 June 2018

City Planners Around Table

Greens Release Planning For People Policy

The Liberals rushed through the Tasmanian Planning Scheme, written by developers for development interests.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Sunday, 4 February 2018

Planning Documents

Launceston Skyscraper - Proposal by Frangrance Group

Will the Government be providing any special support or using powers under proposed major projects legislation to fast-track Fragrance Group's project?
Andrea Dawkins  |  Question  |  Tuesday, 19 September 2017

City Planners Around Table

No Reassurance for Launceston Over Fragrance Skyscraper

The Minister for Planning and Local Government failed to provide any reassurance to Launceston residents today.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Planning Documents

Kangaroo Bay Community Protest Land Transfer

More than 200 residents gathered at Kangaroo Bay to launch a petition in opposition to transfer of public land on the foreshore to Chambroad Petrochemicals.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Saturday, 9 September 2017

Public Meeting, Town Hall

Call-In Power Planning Laws Recipe for Corruption

The Liberals’ proposed “call-in powers” opens a pathway to corruption that would lead to the worst planning outcomes for Tasmania.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 28 August 2017

kunanyi / Mount Wellington

Groom's Blurring of Public and Private Lines on Cable C...

Public resources are being used to enable the private development of a cable car to the summit of kunanyi/Mt Wellington.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 6 June 2017

City Planners Around Table

Residents Demand Kangaroo Bay Development Approval be Rescin...

A packed public meeting moved to censure Clarence City Council for failing to uphold the community consultation guidelines.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Sunday, 4 June 2017

Hobart, Tasmania

Fragrance Group Skyscrapers On the Nose

The Fragrance Group's aggressive and obtrusive plans for Hobart have been dealt a near fatal blow.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Saturday, 27 May 2017

Hobart, Tasmania

Hobart City Council Needs to Reject Inappropriate, Ugly Skys...

If the Hobart City Council listens to the community and abides by its Planning Scheme, it will reject the two Fragrance Group skyscrapers proposed for Hobart.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 8 May 2017

RAMSAR listed Orielton Lagoon, Tasmania

Community Saves Orielton Rivulet and Pittwater-Orielton Lago...

The local community of Orielton Rivulet are celebrating the announcement that a proposed 40,000 chicken farm will not proceed on that property.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Motion  |  Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Planning Documents

Premier Must Listen to Bellerive Community on Kangaroo Bay D...

Clarence City Council has approved a development for a Hotel and Hospitality Training School and apartments to be built in Kangaroo Bay.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Motion  |  Wednesday, 15 March 2017

City Planners Around Table

35 Organisations from Around Tasmania Understand Planning Ma...

35 organisations from around Tasmania recently met in Ross and joined together as the Planning Matters Alliance.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Motion  |  Wednesday, 8 March 2017

City Planners Around Table

Planning Provisions Threaten Tasmania's Unique Values

The Liberals’ Statewide Planning Provisions are made by developers, for developers.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 22 February 2017

City Planners Around Table

Heritage Register Removals Have Developers Popping the Champ...

The removal of 514 properties from the Tasmanian Heritage Register will fundamentally alter the look, feel and fabric of our towns and cities over time.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Planning Documents

Planning without Vision

I rise to inform the House about an incredibly large and very successful public meeting that was held in the Hobart Town Hall a week ago on 8 November.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Tuesday, 15 November 2016

City Planners Around Table

Take the Politics out of Planning

Under the guise of cutting red tape, the Liberal Government has created a red carpet for developers and have made planning decisions political in Tasmania.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Motion  |  Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Bureaucracy, Professional with Paperwork

Heritage Code A Pandora's Box Full Of Lawyers

A unanimous theme was voiced by people making representations at today's Tasmanian Planning Commission hearings about the Heritage Code.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Public Meeting, Town Hall

Call to Maintain Environmental Living Zone in Planning Provi...

State-wide Planning Provisions delete the existing Environmental Living Zone.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Motion  |  Wednesday, 24 August 2016

City Planners Around Table

Gutwein Must Heed Airbnb Pleas

The Tasmanian Planning Commission has heard from Airbnb, who were in Hobart today to plead the case of Tasmanian accommodation operators.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Public Meeting, Town Hall

Government Must Provide More Time for Consultation on State...

The Draft State Planning Provisions (SPPs) fail to prioritise the interests of the community, and protection of the environment, ahead of development interests.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Motion  |  Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Launceston, Tasmania

Urban Renewal

Presently Launceston is car-centric and the proposed changes to the traffic system are designed to allow more human-centred activity in the CBD.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Motion  |  Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Public Meeting, Town Hall

Statewide Planning Scheme Adjournment Defeated

It's disappointing that both the Liberals and Labor voted against the Greens' move to defer the statewide planning scheme bill.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Planning Documents

Greens Move to Defer Planning Bill

The Greens will move to defer the bill that enables a statewide planning scheme until the government releases the full scheme.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 12 October 2015

Planning Documents

Planning Scheme Rushed, Lacking Detail

The Statewide Planning Scheme is the greatest change ever to planning in the state's history and Tasmanians have only been given six weeks to comment on it.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 24 September 2015

Public Meeting, Town Hall

Scheme Needs to Cater to all Tasmanians, Not Just the Big En...

The concern for the Greens is that any planning scheme that encompasses the whole State may not be an appropriate fit for Tasmania.
Andrea Dawkins  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 29 June 2015

kunanyi / Mount Wellington

Wellington Park Trust Scrutiny

The Tasmanian Planning Commission’s decision to hold a public hearing on proposed changes to the Wellington Park Management Plan is welcome.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Chickens, Battery Cages

Questions for Launceston City Council

The Environment Protection Authority needs to intervene and investigate the impacts of a wrongly approved commercial–scale poultry shed at Lalla.
Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  Sunday, 8 February 2015

City Planners Around Table

Beware Liberals' Planning Amendment

A first shot has been fired across the bow at Tasmanians who want to have a say in planning reform and decisions that affect their lives.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 28 October 2014

City Planners Around Table

Planning Taskforce Questions

Planning Minister, Peter Gutwein, is avoiding scrutiny over the use of taxpayer dollars to establish a developer-led planning reform Taskforce.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Saturday, 31 May 2014