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Budget support for coastal protection and planning framework

Thu 17 May 2012

Bryan Green

Minister for Planning

Brian Wightman

Minister for Environment

Cassy O'Connor

Minister for Climate Change

The Tasmanian Government has today announced funding in the Budget to speed up work on a comprehensive coastal protection and planning framework for Tasmania.
The Minister for Planning, Bryan Green, said $240,000 had been allocated to support existing work to prepare a new framework that will provide certainty around planning, management and protection of Tasmania's coastline," Mr Green said.
Mr Green said the framework would also give clarity to local government and the community around liability issues.
"Since the review of the Draft Coastal Policy 2008, the Tasmanian Government has been working to develop a body of work that deals with the impacts of coastal hazards, including the effects of climate change, storm surge and storm surge inundation, sea level rise, extreme weather events, coastal erosion and other associated risks.
"This additional funding will help ensure our approach is co-ordinated across Government so that we can progress this important work as quickly as possible." Mr Green said.
The Minister for Climate Change, Cassy O'Connor, said that these dedicated funds will build on the State's capacity to deliver on the important work already underway across Agencies and the Tasmanian Planning Commission to deliver on a comprehensive coastal framework.
"All Tasmanians love their beautiful bays and beaches, and we need to look after our 6000 km of coastline for current and future generations," she said
"To effectively protect and manage this for the future we need certainty around coastal planning, management and protection.
"Climate change is the greatest challenge facing this generation and we must ensure that Tasmania has a coastal framework equipped to manage the associated risks."
The Minister for Environment, Brian Wightman, said a significant proportion of the state's coastline was reserved land.
"Our coastline is one of our greatest natural assets and it's essential we ensure it is appropriately protected," he said.
A Steering Committee will be formed with Minister for Planning, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Climate Change to oversee the project.

Budget support for coastal protection and planning framework