Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania



22 November 2017

Peter Gutwein, Minister for Planning and Local Government

Listening to the community on major project laws

The Hodgman Government has a Plan to Build Your Future and part of that Plan is to encourage investment, create jobs and help grow the economy.

That’s why we are developing draft laws that change how major projects are considered.

The aim of the draft laws is to streamline the approval process and provide greater certainty, while also requiring that all relevant and necessary approvals including environmental, Aboriginal and heritage approvals must be granted by the relevant regulators.

Following community feedback the draft laws have been strengthened to completely eliminate the possibility that it could be used for sky scrapers.

These draft laws will provide certainty of process, independent expert assessment and ensure Tasmania is a great place to invest, but they will also protect what makes Tasmania so special.

However, given this is such an important issue the revised draft laws will be publicly released for a further round of public consultation early in December.

Due to the parliamentary schedule and the extended consultation process, the draft laws won’t be considered by Parliament before the election.

We remain committed to this vital reform and a re-elected Hodgman Government will ensure they are considered by Parliament next year.



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