Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

20 May 2020

Roger Jaensch, Minister for Planning

Next steps for Major Projects reform

With the public comment period now closed, the Tasmanian Government is taking on board feedback and refining our Major Projects legislation so it can be introduced to Parliament as soon as possible.

This is vitally important legislation that will form part of our recovery process from the COVID-19 pandemic, as it will help to attract investment and create jobs for Tasmanians at a time when they are needed most.

We welcome the support shown by the Master Builders Association and other key stakeholders for this important reform and we are committed to delivering it for the benefit of Tasmanians.

It is clear that Tasmania needs a robust, independent assessment framework for complex development proposals in order to provide clarity and certainty for investors and the community, and that’s exactly what our major projects legislation is all about.

It will improve on and replace the current Projects of Regional Significance process, and complement Tasmania’s other planning assessment and approvals processes.

And importantly, as we have consistently said, there are no fast-tracks, short-cuts or easy routes and any suggestion it will be used to bypass normal processes to approve controversial projects is simply wrong.

The impacts of coronavirus have been severe, but we will rebuild and our major projects legislation will ensure we have the right processes in place to create jobs and help Tasmanians get back to work.

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