Weld Valley. Pic: Rob Blakers

Tasmania’s peak environment body, Environment Tasmania has called for a stronger funding model for the Parks & Wildlife service, progression of marine and coastal policies, and initiatives to support sustainable agricultural landscapes in its submission to the Tasmanian government’s 2012-13 State budget.

“Given the State’s current difficult budget, we have sought to focus on low-cost or no-cost policy initiatives that deliver strong nature conservation outcomes for Tasmania, along with pointing to opportunities arising for Tasmania out of the Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement,” said Dr Phill Pullinger, Director of Environment Tasmania

“This year is a critical opportunity to consolidate an expanded protected area system under the management of the Parks & Wildlife service, through greater Tasmanian government recurrent contributions and through the $7 million p.a recurrent funding committed by the Commonwealth government through the Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement,” he said

“Our suggested initiatives for Tasmania’s rural landscapes are focussed on a policy vision designed to produce clean, healthy river systems, avoidance of pollution and healthy agricultural and rural landscapes,” said Peter Skillern, Executive Officer, Environment Tasmania.

“An expansion of the remit of the Fox Taskforce can help to tackle our feral cat problem without significant extra expenditure, whilst some improved funding to investigate and take prosecution and/or remedial action on water contamination will be important to deliver on the public expectation that our drinking water and foodstuffs will be free of chemical contamination,” said Mr Skillern.

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Environment Tasmania is Tasmania’s peak environment body, a conservation council that currently represents 25 nature conservation and environment non-government organisations that collectively represent over 5000 Tasmanians.