The Tasmanian government’s long-awaited “reform” of PWS Reserve Activity Assessment (RAA) process proposes to fast-track developments without providing appeal rights.
The government is proposing a developer-friendly development assessment and approval process that facilitates the development of Lutruwita / Tasmania’s World Heritage Areas, national parks and other reserves. The proposed new ‘Statutory Environmental Impact Assessment Process’ for reserves will enable developers to request the Minister for Parks to take developments out of the current planning and environmental assessment process, and instead be given to a Development Assessment Panel (DAP) for evaluation.
The DAP has all the power to assess and approve a development and can even change any existing management plan rules in place for proposed development locations.
Local councils will be removed from the approval process and the community’s right to appeal the decision will also be removed.
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We have provided more detailed information on the issue to guide preparation of your submission at the link below. Submissions are due by 8 March 2024.