This is going to be a regular column of things that, well, good and conscientious citizens might be interested in. We build our community by sharing and here we are going to share some news about what’s going on, how you can have your say, petitions you might be interested in and news about appeals looking for support. If you have any suggested content for Good Citizen, please send it to and include Good Citizen in the subject line.

fish farming – Tasmania’s Legislative Council (Upper House) is seeking input into an inquiry of the fish farming industry. The inquiry will look at the planning, assessment, operation and regulation of fin fish farming in Tasmania. Closing date for submissions is 29 November.

Local government legislation – Submissions to the Government’s Reform Directions Paper are now available to view on the Review’s webpage at
A summary of responses to the online survey is also available to view on the page.

TMAG – The Tasmanian government is inviting expressions of interest from individuals seeking appointment as a member of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery Board of Trustees. TMAG is Tasmania’s leading natural, cultural and heritage organisation, which cares for the State Collection of almost 800,000 objects as diverse as fossils and fine art. Board members determine the strategic direction of the Museum in accordance with the Ministerial Statement of Expectation.

Applications close at 11:59 pm on Sunday 24 November, 2019. Further information is available on the Department of State Growth website at

cat petition – Most cats kill native wildlife when they roam. They are also most at risk of injury or death when roaming off their owners property. Tasmanian Conservation Trust has launched a petition asking Parliament to amend the Cat Management Act to make it an offence for a cat to roam off the owner’s property. The amendments would bring cat management in line with management of other domestic pets, such as dogs. Meanwhile the Cat Management Amendment Bill is before parliament. Submissions have closed but you can read about the bill and its key amendments.

family law – The Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Family Law System is calling for submissions to its inquiry. Submission closing date is Wednesday, 18 December 2019. For reference the Law Council of Australia’s preliminary submission at about 4 pages is quite readable.