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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


Planning, Heritage and the Tasmanian Election


The election draws ever closer. There are 68 groups who oppose the Liberal Government’s proposed one state planning scheme, based on the “fairer, faster, cheaper, simpler” mantra.

Planning reform

Planning is not simple, but it ought to be fair; it must be equitable. It cannot be reduced to the lowest common denominator where it becomes the market place that rules the outcome.

Developers who (due to inadequately constructed Swiss cheese-style legislation, plus Tasmanian Planning Scheme) are able to manipulate the planning process to get their development up.

From cable cars up Mount Wellington, high rise in Hobart, grossly and poorly designed infill in our peri-urban suburbs, densification of suburbia, proposed woodchip facilities at Port Esperance, destruction of Tasmania’s heritage (read cultural landscapes, heritage streetscapes, historic villages and towns, estate properties etc.) this change is (and has to potential to be) like no other in the history of the island.

In our national parks and World Heritage Areas, (reserve areas once considered sacrosanct), the wonder of natural values have the potential to be so easily compromised by a tourism manifestation that would see further up-market accommodation, helicopters flying in visitors to and fro, tourists in abundance. Place simply viewed apparently only as a backdrop to whatever commercial use is deemed to be the next golden eggs-in-the-basket scenario by developers, albeit lauded, encouraged and aided by the government …

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• Gwenda Sheridan’s bio is in the download …

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  1. Andrew Ricketts

    March 5, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    There are now many groups working on land use planning in Tasmania. Few professionals are as erudite and experienced as Sheridan.

    This expansion of interest is terrific, but indeed the issues are not simple.

    Because the general public does not properly understand the protections the land use planning system offers them, its potential evades them and Tasmania cannot even create a set of intelligent policies to make the real objectives clear and transparent.

    Genetically the Liberals really only understand open slather and laissez faire.

  2. Brenda Rosser

    March 1, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    The residence next door involved the establishment of 3 feet of unretained fill which the Council environmental officer said I had to seek approval to retain properly and pay for (at least some of) next door’s terrace. That’s how planning works in Tassie. Meanwhile the Local Government Minister (Peter Gutwein) took away the powers of the the Planning Commission to deal with such behaviour by Council.

  3. John Biggs

    February 28, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    This is surely the most significant issue that hasn’t been addressed in this election campaign. There is so much to say but you have distilled the most significant issues so clearly. The delisting from Heritage of so many important properties: one could go into at great length. Thank you Gwenda for raising this.

    The overriding issue here though is the thorough immorality of the Hodgman government seen here in destroying heritage, as in the poker machine sellout, the pandering to big business without any thought of the common weal, the outright lies that fall from Liberal lips (small family hotels will be the winners in the pokies deal when it large businesses including Woolworths, the surplus which is a deficit as John Lawrence proves, on and on they go). Hodgman’s is surely the most morally bankrupt if not outright corrupt government … er sorry, Gray, Bacon, Lennon, Reece — Christ what have we done to deserve all that?

  4. Russell

    February 28, 2018 at 11:23 am

    Not to mention the TasWater dam demolition team who want to destroy established ecosystems and drinking water catchments so that they don’t have to maintain them, as is their Charter.

    Where will your 700 TasWater employees park in their fleet company cars all day (a la Forestry Tasmania style) googling and twittering on their dumb phones if you destroy all their hidey holes?

    Not to mention the blatant conflicts of interest between Departments and Corporations, for example where the CEO of TasWater also sits on the Board of the Tasmanian Planning Commission!

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