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Government Must Provide More Time for Consultation on State Planning Provisions

31 May 2016
Rosalie Woodruff MP

Tuesday 31 May 2016

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.

(3)           Recognises that the Government’s “one size fits all” approach to planning ushers in an era of monotonous planning and building uniformity, with suburbs, towns and the countryside set to lose the characteristics that Tasmanians and visitors love.

(4)           Further notes that when species loss is dramatically increasing we need to strengthen our protection of the bush, but that these Planning Provisions increase land clearing without a permit, and without regard to conservation values.

(5)           Understands that most developments in Parks and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area will be “permitted”, without council or public comment, or the right to refuse, which is in direct contravention of the requirement for legal protection of the values of these places.

(6)           Further recognises that there was a rushed consultation process for the 430 page SPP document, with councils and communities concerned at the lack of time to prepare submissions and consider implications for their local area.

(7)           Further notes that councils and the community have pointed to a raft of issues that need to be fixed, and if these concerns are not incorporated, they have every right to be cynical that it was a rubber-stamping exercise by the Liberal Government.

(8)           Calls on the Minister for Planning and Local Government, Hon Peter Gutwein MP to allow councils sufficient time to consult with their communities about these momentous changes, to properly assess the environmental and social impacts (immediate and long-term) of the proposed changes of the SPPs, and to direct the Tasmanian Planning Commission to conduct public hearings about the State Planning Provision process.