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Reserve Activity Assessment Process for Developments in Parks
Type of vote: Motion (Amendment)
Wednesday, 30 October 2019
|Labor||Greens, Hickey, Liberals, Ogilvie|
That the Motion be amended by leaving out paragraph (7) and inserting instead:
“(7) Notes the failure of the Government to review the Reserve Activity Assessment process that was commenced in early 2018 and promised to be completed by end 2018.
(8) Calls on the Government to:
(a) release the key outcomes of the Reserve Activity Assessment review to date and commit to a timeframe for completion of the review;
(b) review and update Management Plans for Tasmania’s National Parks and Reserves; and
(c) commit to appropriate resourcing to enable the Parks and Wildlife Service to fulfil their responsibilities in overseeing Tasmania’s National Parks and Reserves.”
That the House:—
(1) Understands Tasmania’s National Parks and Reserves are protected for their outstanding natural and cultural values.
(2) Acknowledges the Government’s Expressions of Interest (EOI) process is conducted in secret, and is a matter of growing concern for Tasmanians across the social, cultural, and political spectrum.
(3) Notes that the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal (RMPAT) concluded in the recent Lake Malbena case that “a proper interpretation of… the Scheme only requires… that a Management Plan is in existence; and… an assessment of use in accordance with the Management Plan has been undertaken and approved up to and including Step 7 of the RAA process”.
(4) Further acknowledges this means that a project’s compliance with a Management Plan cannot be appealed to RMPAT.
(5) Further acknowledges this means for a level 1, 2, or 3 Reserve Activity Assessment there is no opportunity for formal community consultation on matters pertaining to compliance with a Management Plan.
(6) Agrees that, at a minimum, developments in Reserved Areas should be subject to a process that allows for public consultation on compliance with a Management Plan, and that this compliance must be able to be tested in an appeal to RMPAT.
(7) Calls on the Government to halt the EOI process until a new statutory process - that allows for public consultation and an appeal on matters pertaining to compliance with a Management Plan - is in place.