Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

24 September 2020

Roger Jaensch, Minister for Planning

Delivering on our plan – Major Projects Bill passes both Houses of Parliament

A better process to assess major projects in Tasmania will soon be a reality following the passing of the Land Use Planning and Approvals Amendment (Major Projects) Bill 2020 through both Houses of Parliament.

This is great news for jobs and investment in Tasmania and sends a clear message that Tasmania is open for business with planning laws that are up to the job of assessing complex projects that can significantly benefit our State.

The Major Projects process provides clarity and certainty for investors and the community by coordinating a range of existing approvals in a single process, within set timeframes and multiple opportunities for public scrutiny and comment.

Our State needs certainty as we recover from COVID-19 and that’s exactly what the Major Projects legislation provides, in part by ensuring that projects are assessed by independent expert panels convened by the Tasmanian Planning Commission, at arm’s length from politicians.

And, while this approach saves time, there are no fast-tracks or short-cuts - every proposal is assessed by all relevant statutory regulators under their existing Acts.

As we have said, anyone who is excited or concerned about large and complex projects in Tasmania should welcome this comprehensive and robust process.

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