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No Place for Major Projects in Recovery

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Tags: Planning, Major Projects, COVID-19

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Planning spokesperson

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

The majority of Hobart City councillors not only agreed the legislative changes proposed are not needed, but outlined a range of serious issues with the Bill. 

This is another clear demonstration the community rejects this government's attempts to undermine our state's planning system in the interests of big corporate developers. 

It is disappointing to hear members of the Government repeatedly attempting to justify the Major Projects Bill by saying it is necessary for Tasmania's COVID-19 recovery. If these laws pass it will not be Tasmania or its people who benefit - it will be big businesses whose interest is to make profits regardless of cost to community or nature. 

Our successful recovery from COVID-19 requires we prioritise developments that sustain everybody and the natural world into the future. The Major Projects legislation is designed to squeeze out a quick buck for developers, while leaving the Tasmanian community high and dry.

Tasmanian communities deserve better than this. The Government should listen to the diverse voices across the community and withdraw this Bill.