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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

Media Release

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Rushed Major Projects Bill Wrong Way for Recovery

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Tasmanians who care about their democratic rights and protecting this island will be angry, but not surprised, at the Liberals’ plan to rush their divisive Major Projects legislation through Parliament.



Media Release

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

No Place for Major Projects in Recovery

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Tasmania’s largest council has sent a strong message to the Government that the Major Projects legislation is unnecessary and destructive.



Speech

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Adjournment - Fire Tower Road Development, Koonya

Rosalie Woodruff MP - I make some comments about a development application at Fire Tower Road, Koonya, on the Tasman Peninsula. Submissions to the Tasman Council closed today.



Question

Thursday, 7 May 2020

COVID-19 - Major Projects Legislation

Cassy O'Connor MP - Regrettably, the Government is trying to make divisive and flawed major projects legislation the centrepiece of Tasmania's recovery.



Media Release

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Local Government Review

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Local Government is a critical level of government for communities. It is the pathway for residents to shape the place they live.



Media Release

Friday, 6 March 2020

Liberals Must Rule Out Cable Car as Major Project

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Liberals’ announcement they plan to table major projects legislation has sent ripples of worry through the community.



Media Release

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Liberals' Failure Laid Bare on Social Justice Day

Cassy O'Connor MP - World Social Justice Day shines the spotlight on Premier Gutwein’s promise of a ‘compassionate’ government for Tasmania and it reveals the Liberals’ spin over substance.



Speech

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Adjournment - Kangaroo Bay Proposed Development by Shandong Chambroad

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff speaks during the adjournment on the closed council decision meeting at the Clarence City Council around the extension of the development for Shandong Chambroard petrochemical company on the Kangaroo Bay site.



Speech

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Neighbourhood Disputes about Plants Amendment Bill 2019 - Second Reading

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Madam Speaker, the Greens will be supporting the amendments to the Neighbourhood Disputes About Plants Bill that was debated and subsequently passed in 2017. That was the fruition of work at the time that Dr Vanessa Goodwin had done and put in train.



Media Release

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Review Must Protect Tasmanian Planning Commission Independence

Rosalie Woodruff MP - We need a strong independent Planning Commission so it can continue to uphold the sustainable development objectives that protect what makes Tasmania special.



Motion

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Motion - Huntingfield Housing Land Supply Order

Rosalie Woodruff MP - People at the public meeting and people from the Kingborough Council have also been consistently concerned at the process that was used by the Government to bring on the community discussion about the Huntingfield development.



Motion

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Motion - Huntingfield Housing Land Supply Order

Cassy O'Connor MP - It is Thursday, it is not private members' time, it is not Government private members' time, and we have a motion on the books which has no action attached to it and no tangibles for people who need housing.



Speech

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Estimates Reply - Minister Jaensch

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Not only did this Liberal Government decide to squeeze such an important portfolio into one hour, we actually only got about two questions each. As I go back and look through the Hansard record, it is a disgrace.



Media Release

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Greens Release Future-Focussed Alternative Budget

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



Speech

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Greater Hobart Bill 2019 - Second Reading

Rosalie Woodruff MP - All great cities around the world have removed the artificial boundaries of municipal areas and have some mechanism that enables planning connectivity across municipal boundaries because that is the way we move in society.



Speech

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Land Use Planning And Approvals Amendment (Tasmanian Planning Policies And Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2018

Rosalie Woodruff MP - I am pleased to do that particularly because of the willingness of the minister to have the conversations about concerns raised by stakeholders.



Media Release

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Call-in Laws For Major Developments Confirmed

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Planning Minister, Roger Jaensch, today confirmed, under questioning from the Greens in Parliament, he will introduce Major Projects legislation in 2019. 



Media Release

Monday, 20 August 2018

Greens Move to Reject Major Projects Legislation and Enshrine Public Say on Planning

Cassy O'Connor MP - Tasmania is at a crossroads, its environment and way of life under unprecedented threat from big development interests lured here by the Liberals’ ‘open for business’ mantra and willingness to keep Tasmanians in the dark.



Motion

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Planning and Development

Cassy O'Connor MP - There are also very significant development proposals in the offing, including the proposed Cambria Green mega-development at Dolphin Sands near Swansea, and the highly divisive cable car proposal for kunanyi/Mt Wellington.



Speech

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Public Reaction to Planning Proposals

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Madam Speaker, I rise tonight to celebrate the power of the community of people in Tasmania who have risen up from the east coast but much more broadly than there to declare their love for the place they live in and their determination to resist this massive development being proposed for the east coast.



Question

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Planning Legislation for Major Projects

Rosalie Woodruff MP - ​​​​​​​The open for business mantra of the Government is causing alarm among communities as to the lack of opportunity for development on their own terms.



Question

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Cambria Green Development Proposal

Cassy O'Connor MP - 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 and that it is an open invitation to any and all developers.



Question

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

kunanyi / Mt Wellington Cable Car - Requirement for Legislation

Cassy O'Connor MP - 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.



Speech

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Housing Land Supply Bill 2018 - Second Reading

Cassy O'Connor MP - There are some issue the minister needs to flesh out on the Floor of this House, particularly the issue around Shelter's submission and the call for a percentage of the land which is the subject of a land supply bill to be mandated affordable.



Media Release

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Hodgman Refuses to Rule Out Rosny Hill Development

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Premier Will Hodgman confirmed in Parliament this morning his government would not prevent a proposed major commercial development proceeding on the Rosny Hill Nature Recreation Area.



Speech

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Matter of Public Importance - Cambria Green Development

Cassy O'Connor MP - On the morning of 21 April this year there was a signing ceremony between Beijing Lidaohengtong Culture and Art Company Limited and the Cambria Green Agricultural and Tourism Management Co. Limited at the Diaoyutai Hotel in Beijing.



Question

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Cambria Green - Rezoning

Rosalie Woodruff MP - The mega Cambria Green development on the east coast requires rezoning of agricultural land and is one of the largest planning scheme amendments and tourism developments ever proposed for Tasmania.



Question

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Cambria Green Mega Development

Cassy O'Connor MP - Your Government's open-for-business mantra has most recently manifested itself in a 3185 hectare mega development proposal at Dolphin Sands on prime agricultural land on the east coast.



Media Release

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Greens Release Planning For People Policy

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 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, and threatens our clean green brand, as well as the history that enriches and binds communities.



Question

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Launceston Skyscraper - Proposal by Frangrance Group

Andrea Dawkins - To reassure the people of Launceston, will you today rule out providing any special support or using the powers you would have under the proposed major projects legislation to fast-track this project?



Media Release

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

No Reassurance for Launceston Over Fragrance Skyscraper

Andrea Dawkins - The Minister for Planning and Local Government failed to provide any reassurance to Launceston residents today that he won't intervene on behalf of the Fragrance Group to fast track their proposed skyscraper development opposite City Park.



Media Release

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Kangaroo Bay Community Protest Land Transfer

Rosalie Woodruff MP - More than 200 residents gathered at Kangaroo Bay to launch a petition in opposition to the Hodgman Government's transfer of public land on the foreshore to Chambroad Petrochemicals.



Media Release

Monday, 28 August 2017

Call-In Power Planning Laws Recipe for Corruption

Rosalie Woodruff MP - The Liberals’ proposed “call-in powers” draft planning legislation opens a pathway to corruption that would lead to the worst planning outcomes for Tasmania.



Media Release

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Groom's Blurring of Public and Private Lines on Cable Car

Cassy O'Connor MP - Public resources are being used to enable the private development of a cable car to the summit of kunanyi/Mt Wellington, in a secretive process being facilitated by the Office of the Coordinator General.



Media Release

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Residents Demand Kangaroo Bay Development Approval be Rescinded

Rosalie Woodruff MP - A packed public meeting opposed to the Kangaroo Bay foreshore development moved to censure Clarence City Council for failing to uphold the community consultation guidelines, and called on them to rescind the development approval.



Media Release

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Fragrance Group Skyscrapers On the Nose

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Fragrance Group's aggressive and obtrusive plans for Hobart have been dealt a near fatal blow.



Media Release

Monday, 8 May 2017

Hobart City Council Needs to Reject Inappropriate, Ugly Skyscrapers

Cassy O'Connor MP - If the Hobart City Council listens to the community and abides by its own Planning Scheme, it will reject the two Fragrance Group skyscrapers proposed for Hobart.



Motion

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Community Saves Orielton Rivulet and Pittwater-Orielton Lagoon

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Congratulations to the local community of Orielton Rivulet who are celebrating the announcement by the proponent of a proposed 40,000 chicken farm that the development will not proceed on that property.



Motion

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Premier Must Listen to Bellerive Community on Kangaroo Bay Development

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Clarence City Council has approved a development for a Hotel and Hospitality Training School and apartments to be built in Kangaroo Bay.



Motion

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

35 Organisations from Around Tasmania Understand Planning Matters

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 35 organisations from around Tasmania recently met in Ross and joined together as the Planning Matters Alliance.



Media Release

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Planning Provisions Threaten Tasmania's Unique Values

Rosalie Woodruff MP - The Liberals’ Statewide Planning Provisions are made by developers, for developers.  Their implementation will mean Tasmania risks losing the very values that make it so appealing in the first place.



Media Release

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Heritage Register Removals Have Developers Popping the Champagne

Cassy O'Connor MP - The removal of 514 properties from the Tasmanian Heritage Register will weaken heritage protections and fundamentally alter the look, feel and fabric of our towns and cities over time.



Speech

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Planning without Vision

Rosalie Woodruff MP - 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.



Motion

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Take the Politics out of Planning

Rosalie Woodruff MP - A large public meeting was held at the Hobart Town Hall on 8 November 2016 to discuss widespread anxiety about the substantial negative impacts to Tasmania of the proposed Tasmanian Planning Scheme.



Media Release

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Gutwein Hides From Public On Planning

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Twenty community and environment groups are organising a public meeting on Tuesday in Hobart Town Hall, because of their significant concerns about changes to planning in the State.



Media Release

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Heritage Code A Pandora's Box Full Of Lawyers

Rosalie Woodruff MP - A unanimous theme was voiced by people making representations at today's Tasmanian Planning Commission hearings about the Heritage Code.



Motion

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Call to Maintain Environmental Living Zone in Planning Provisions

Rosalie Woodruff MP -

Wednesday 24 August 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—



Media Release

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Gutwein Must Heed Airbnb Pleas

Andrea Dawkins - The Tasmanian Planning Commission has heard from Airbnb, who were in Hobart today to plead the case of Tasmanian accommodation operators.



Media Release

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

TPC Should Rethink Planning Scheme Hearings

Rosalie Woodruff MP - It was standing room only at the Tasmanian Planning Commission Hearing into the Statewide Planning Provisions in Hobart, with people struggling to hear proceedings.



Media Release

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Environmental Defenders Office Ignored Again

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Attorney General, Vanessa Goodwin, was happy to talk up picking up the slack of their Federal colleagues when it comes to funding to community legal centres, but refused to consider the Environmental Defenders Office.



Motion

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Government Must Provide More Time for Consultation on State Planning Provisions

Rosalie Woodruff MP -

Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Notes that the Draft State Planning Provisions (SPPs) fail to prioritise the interests of the community, and protection of the environment, ahead of development interests.

(2)           Acknowledges that the SPPs ensure a far wider range of development decisions will be “permitted” instead of “discretionary”, and that residents therefore lose their opportunity to comment on, or appeal against, these proposals.



Media Release

Sunday, 15 May 2016

State Planning Provisions a Land Grab For Developers

Rosalie Woodruff MP - The deadline for submissions on the proposed State Planning Provisions is only days away, and communities and councils are waking up to what these dramatic changes will mean. 



Motion

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Urban Renewall

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NOTICE OF MOTION

WEDNESDAY 14 October 2015

Andrea Dawkins On tomorrow to move -

That this House notes:

1.      The proposed traffic changes as part of the renewal and revitalisation of the Launceston CBD;

2.      That presently the City is vasty car-centric and that the proposed changes to the traffic system are designed to allow more human-centred activity in the CBD;



Media Release

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Statewide Planning Scheme Adjournment Defeated

Rosalie Woodruff MP -

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Planning spokesperson

It's disappointing that both the Liberals and Labor voted against the Greens' move to defer the statewide planning scheme bill until the government released the scheme in full.

The Greens motion would've meant MPs would have seen the statewide planning scheme before passing the legislation.

As it stands, parliament is being asked to debate a statewide planning scheme, without seeing the statewide planning scheme.



Media Release

Monday, 12 October 2015

Greens Move to Defer Planning Bill

Rosalie Woodruff MP -

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Planning spokesperson

The Greens will move to defer the bill that enables a statewide planning scheme until the government releases the full scheme, and it has been properly consulted upon.

Minister Gutwein is asking us to sign off on legislation that doesn’t have any real detail. It is fundamental that Parliament has all the information before it is asked to pass a bill into law.



Media Release

Monday, 29 June 2015

Scheme Needs to Cater to all Tasmanians, Not Just the Big End of Town

Andrea Dawkins -

Andrea Dawkins MP | Local Government & Planning spokesperson

The concern for the Greens is that any planning scheme that encompasses the whole State may not be an appropriate fit for Tasmania.

The regional and rural nature of Tasmania sees a diverse range of needs from wilderness locations in the far North West to dense urban spots in Hobart city.  A single set of statutory requirements could be incredibly problematic when assessing development applications for locations with unique and contrasting attributes.



Media Release

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Beware Liberals' Planning Amendment

Cassy O'Connor MP - 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 with the tabling today of the Land Use Planning and Approvals Amendment Bill 2014.



Media Release

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Planning Taskforce Questions

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