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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Economy

‘Major Projects Legislation will fast-track the cable car, skyscrapers and resorts in reserves’

*Pic TCT: Image from HERE, where you can sign a PETITION …

The Tasmanian Conservation Trust puts the Liberal and Labor parties on notice about the dangers of the State Government’s ‘Draft Land Use Planning and Approvals Amendment (Major Projects) Bill 2017’(Major Projects Legislation), which will soon be tabled in the state parliament.

‘The ‘Major Projects Legislation’ is unacceptable and, if the state government insists on introducing it, the Legislative Council should refuse it,’ said TCT Director Peter McGlone

‘While it is vital that the four Labor members of the Legislative Council vote against the legislation we are greatly worried that the Labor Party has not yet announced their position on this most controversial new law.’

The proposed legislation will enable developments to be taken away from local councils (either by the proponent applying to the Planning Minister or by the minister calling-in projects) and the assessment and approval fast-tracked by an unelected ‘panel of experts’.

‘The proposed legislation will grant the Planning Minister Peter Gutwein with far too much power – to declare virtually any project a major project for any reason – and takes away the communities rights to appeal final approvals,’ Mr McGlone continued.

While virtually any development may be fast-tracked through the proposed Major Projects Legislation, the TCT is concerned that projects such as the Mount Wellington Cable Car, the Fragrance skyscrapers proposed for Hobart and Launceston and Seven Mile Beach golf resort, that was refused by Clarence City Council in 2014, are on the governments list for fast-tracking.

The TCT’s major concerns regarding the Draft Major Projects Legislation are:

• The legislation grants Planning Minister Peter Gutwein total power to decide which projects are declared ‘major projects’ and the criteria in the legislation allow virtually any development to be eligible as a major project.

• The minister may ‘call-in’ a development simply because he thinks the council has ‘unreasonably delayed’ its assessment. With the term ‘unreasonable’ not defined in the legislation the minister has total discretion to decide what an ‘unreasonable’ delay is.

• Although the planning panel members are nominated independently the Minister has the power to veto any appointment for any reason, ensuring panel members are acceptable to the government.

• While the community will be given a chance to express their view on proposed major projects the right to appeal final appeals will be taken away.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. john hayward

    November 14, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Tasmania’s planning system has long been a de facto travesty. I suspect that it was the example of Trumpty that has given our Libs the audacity to make it a de jure sham.

    Once the state is in private hands, the Libs will call the shots even from opposition.

    John Hayward

  2. Simon Warriner

    November 15, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Major Projects Legislation Will Ensure Donations to Political Parties who Approve Major Projects.

    Headline fixed.

  3. John Wade

    November 15, 2017 at 9:22 am

    “De jure”, such an interesting term, the opposite to de facto. So, defacto is actual in existence though not necessarily legal, while dejure may not necessarily exist in actuality while being legally recognised.

  4. mike seabrook

    November 15, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    how about stage 1 of the battery point walkway

    the est. 300 metres from the csiro carpark at the bottom of finlay st to the purdon and featherstone reserve at the bottom of derwent street.

    looks easy – see for yourself walk the area at low tide. – have a close look at the magnificent waterfront reclamation on which the csiro and adjacent carpark is built

    then could do up the steps connection to princes reserve near the toilets at the southern end.

  5. mike seabrook

    November 21, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    beautiful day

    walked around the foreshore – battery point from purdon and featherstone reserve at derwent st to finlay st (400 metres)

    all that is required for this first stage is a 2 metre wide gravel surfaced scramble track, just like the bike tracks on mount wellington or the magnificent walkways the clarence council has constructed around the shoreline with little fuss.

    surely this and grassed areas, seats, plant a few shrubs etc. could be constructed for less that $1,000 per metre ( ie. $400,000).

    what is holding things up ?

  6. John Wiseman

    November 23, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    If Hobart needs big accommodation towers why can’t they be built just north of the domain slipyards. It’s very close to the city but not amongst the old buildings, it would be waterfront and only block a view from government house. The area is hidden from Glebe, West Hobart and North Hobart because of the Queens Domain. The bike track/ rail corridor would go through and under the buildings. The navy sheds would need moving of course.

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