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A Discussion Paper on the proposed amendments to the Climate Change (State Action) Act 2008 is now open for public consultation.

The Act guides the Tasmanian Government’s response to climate change mitigation and adaptation, with the Discussion Paper seeking input from the community on the proposed amendments.

An independent review of the Act was completed in 2016 by Jacobs Australia Pty Ltd which made five recommendations for amendments to the Act.

The Government response to the independent review was released in May 2017, which gave support to recommendations one, two and four, and in-principle support for recommendations three and five.

Community forums will be held to discuss the proposed amendments, with submissions closeing on Wednesday 7 November.

The Discussion Paper is available at  http://www.climatechange.tas.gov.au.

Elise Archer

Minister for the Environment

 

 

Tasmanians had the chance to take an electric vehicle for a test drive in Launceston today as part of the Australian Electric Vehicle Association’s event Electric Experience: Ride or Drive an EV.

Electric vehicles powered by Tasmania’s renewable energy have the potential to significantly improve the efficiency of Tasmanian vehicles through reduced transport costs and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

 

The Hodgman Liberal Government committed $450,000 to support the rollout of a state-wide electric vehicle charging network.

 

The Government’s Climate Action 21: Tasmania's Climate Change Action Plan 2017–2021 (Climate Action 21) also outlines our support for the update of electric vehicles.

 

A Consultation Paper has been released to seek public comment on the Tasmanian Government’s approach to supporting the installation of chargers that are accessible to the public.

The feedback received will inform the development of a strategy to ensure the funding achieves the greatest benefit for Tasmania by increasing public electric vehicle charging opportunities state-wide, and providing the best possible user-experience for Tasmanians and visitors to the State.

 

Further information can be found at http://climatechange.tas.gov.au

 

 

Elise Archer,

 

Minister for Environment

 

 

 

It is disappointing that such an important issue to communities across Tasmania has now become the subject of scaremongering.

There is no tax and the reality is that only the church can decide how they price their plots.

It’s important to highlight the Burial and Cremation Act 2002 already requires cemetery managers to maintain the cemetery, allow public access and honour exclusive rights of burial.

The Government expects the Anglican Church would have engaged with the consultation process in good faith.

We will consider all feedback provided through the consultation process in the coming weeks.  

Elise Archer, Attorney-General

 

 

The Hodgman Liberal Government and University of Tasmania have agreed to place a conservation covenant over habitat and large trees at the site of the Taroona Animal Quarantine Station near Hobart.

An agreement has been reached to place a conservation covenant over a portion of the site at Nubeena Crescent.

Minister for Environment, Elise Archer says the conservation covenant would stop any land owner from removing vegetation or impacting on habitat values. 

“I am aware that concerns have been raised about existing habitat and large Eucalyptus globulus trees located on the southern portion of the land,” Ms Archer said.

 

“The Hodgman Liberal Government and University have agreed in principle to preparing a conservation covenant over an area between the existing buildings and the foreshore area.”

 

“The covenant will ensure that this area remains protected for its habitat values into the future.”

 

University of Tasmania spokesperson Jason Purdie said "We are very keen to work with community and for our community to be comfortable with our plans at IMAS Taroona.

 

"Our own reports identified the environmental values of the site and we are committed to upholding those. However, if a covenant offers the community an additional level of comfort - putting this issue completely beyond reproach - we are very happy for one to be applied.”

 

The proposed sale of the land at Taroona was announced as part of the 2017-18 and 2018-19 budget process with the proceeds of the sale being used to fund the new Orange-bellied parrot captive breeding facility that is under construction at five mile Beach.

 

 

Elise Archer

 

Minister for Environment

 

 

 

The Tasmania Prison Service is preparing to recruit its next round of Correctional Officers, with applications opening today. 

The recruitment process will help deliver a high-quality, professional and contemporary prison service which will assist in the management of the Tasmanian Government’s $79.3 million Southern Remand Centre and Risdon Prison upgrade program.

 

The new facilities will complement the Hodgman Liberal Government’s plans to improve prison capacity with a $270 million Northern Prison to house approximately 270 inmates.

 

These initiatives are part of our long-term plan to keep Tasmanians safe and are in addition to the 78 additional Correctional Officers we have employed since May 2016.

For more information or to apply to become a Correctional Officer visit http://www.jobs.tas.gov.au

 

 

 

 

A new dedicated hotline is up and running in Tasmania to ensure reports of injured raptors can be responded to immediately.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is delivering on its commitment of $7000 to the maintenance of the 1800RAPTOR Hotline, to ensure injured birds can get the care they need as soon as possible.

The Raptor and Wildlife Refuge has been working hard for a number of years to successfully rehabilitate birds of prey before they are released back into the wild where they belong.

For an injured bird to have the best chance of survival, let alone rehabilitation, time is critical.

This commitment follows the signing of a Deed of Agreement between the Raptor and Wildlife Refuge and the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE).

The Hodgman Liberal Government is proud to be a part of this initiative that helps save the lives of injured wildlife.

Elise Archer, Minister for the Environment

 

 

 
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