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35 Organisations from Around Tasmania Understand Planning Matters

8 March 2017

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.

 

(3) Realises these groups were drawn from across the state, from rural and urban areas, and are comprised of ratepayers and progress associations, environmental groups, Landcare groups, and local “friends of” groups.

 

(4) Calls on the Minister for Planning to hear the widespread concerns of people in Tasmania about the Tasmanian Planning Scheme, that puts developer interests first and community interests last, and to overhaul the scheme to:—
    (a) introduce far stronger planning controls so that developments must benefit the community's interests and sustain environmental biodiversity;
    (b) remove ministerial powers of intervention into planning decisions;
    (c) restore the powers and independence of the Tasmanian Planning Commission;
    (d) protect our plants and animals by reducing allowable land clearing, funding the development of a high quality state-wide vegetation map, and protecting national parks and reserves;
    (e) preserve the characteristic differences of our towns, suburbs and countryside, including local character and heritage; and
    (f) strengthen third party rights to appeal, reduce the costs for appeals, and promote community consultation before decisions are made.