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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

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 -

Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, the Greens are pleased to support this bill. 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. We do not stop at the border of Clarence and start at Hobart as a different person in a different car in a different way.



Speech

Thursday, 22 November 2018

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

Rosalie Woodruff MP -

Dr WOODRUFF (Franklin) - Madam Speaker, I am pleased to provide the Greens' support for this Land Use Planning Approvals Amendment Bill. 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 -

Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens - Motion) - Madam Speaker, I move -

That the House -



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 -

Dr WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for PLANNING, Mr JAENSCH

 



Question

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Cambria Green Development Proposal

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN



Question

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

kunanyi / Mt Wellington Cable Car - Requirement for Legislation

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

Over the past five years, your Government has done everything possible to get a cable car across the Organ Pipes to the summit of kunanyi - allocating departmental resources, introducing enabling legislation and playing stone-deaf to Tasmanians who want our wild mountain left as it is.



Speech

Thursday, 5 July 2018

HOUSING LAND SUPPLY BILL 2018 Second Reading

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I indicate that the Greens will be supporting this legislation. We have received a very thorough briefing from the head of the Planning Policy Unit and the secretary of the Department of Justice and their adviser. We have been walked through the clauses in the bill. On behalf of the Greens I am comforted by that briefing because we raised a number of the questions we had in that briefing.



Speech

Thursday, 5 July 2018

HOUSING LAND SUPPLY BILL 2018 Second Reading

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens) - Madam Speaker, I indicate that the Greens will be supporting this legislation. We have received a very thorough briefing from the head of the Planning Policy Unit and the secretary of the Department of Justice and their adviser. We have been walked through the clauses in the bill. On behalf of the Greens I am comforted by that briefing because we raised a number of the questions we had in that briefing.



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 -

MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

Cambria Estate, Swansea

Ms O'CONNOR (Denison - Leader of the Greens - Motion) - Madam Speaker, I move -

That the House take notice of the following matter: Cambria Estate, Swansea.



Question

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Cambria Green - Rezoning

Rosalie Woodruff MP -

Dr WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for PLANNING, Mr JAENSCH



Question

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Cambria Green Mega Development

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

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. The footprint of the Cambria Green development proposal is massive. It is unlike anything Tasmania has seen before.



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 -

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Member for Denison

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.

Council tonight will consider whether to give landlord consent for an area of Council land to be used by the developer.  



Motion

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Premier Must Listen to Bellerive Community on Kangaroo Bay Development

Rosalie Woodruff MP -

Ms Woodruff to move—That the House:—


(1) Notes that Clarence City Council has approved a development for a Hotel and Hospitality Training School and apartments to be built in Kangaroo Bay.


(2) Understands the building on Cambridge road would be 5 storeys, 20.2 metres high, and 83 metres long, and form a continuous solid structure with no breaks, obscuring views of the bay, city and mountain from the road and neighbouring suburb, and will be totally out of scale with other buildings on Cambridge Road.



Motion

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

35 Organisations from Around Tasmania Understand Planning Matters

Rosalie Woodruff MP -

Ms Woodruff to move—That the House:—


(1) Understands that 35 organisations from around Tasmania recently met in Ross and joined together as the Planning Matters Alliance.


(2) Further understands the groups are united to campaign against the government's State Planning Provisions that severely limit communities’ involvement in development and planning decisions that affect their future.

 



Media Release

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Planning Provisions Threaten Tasmania's Unique Values

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Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Planning spokesperson

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.

The Liberals' Planning Scheme lacked any meaningful transparency or real community engagement.  It has pandered to developers, and ignored Tasmanians.



Media Release

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Heritage Register Removals Have Developers Popping the Champagne

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Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Heritage spokesperson

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.

Coupled with dramatic changes to state-wide planning, these removals are developer driven and enabled by a Liberal Government that seems to know the price of everything and value of nothing.



Motion

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Take the Politics out of Planning

Rosalie Woodruff MP -

Ms Woodruff to move—That the House:—


(1) Notes the large public meeting 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.


(2) Acknowledges the evidence presented at the meeting about the disastrous changes to Victorian land and street scapes that have resulted from intervention by politicians into their planning system.



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

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Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Planning Spokesperson

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

Its language is so loose it will be a monster for heritage protection, and the "standard" exemptions mean there will be no ability to protect what is special about a place.



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

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Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Planning spokesperson

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

There was universal discontent with the process and the lack of time for proper community consultation about planning changes.

The TPC needs to radically rethink its planning provisions hearing process.



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.



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

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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

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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

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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.