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Coastal Protection and Planning Framework

The Tasmanian Government has committed to developing a Coastal Protection and Planning Framework.  The aim of this project is to address the issues identified with current arrangements and provide a blueprint for the planning and management of the State's coast now and into the future. 

The project is being led from within the Policy Division in the Department of Premier and Cabinet.  It is overseen by three sponsoring Ministers (the Minister for Planning, the Minister for Climate Change, and the Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage), and an Interdepartmental Committee with senior executive representatives from the Departments of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts; Infrastructure, Energy and Resources; Justice; Police and Emergency Management; and Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, as well as a representative from the Local Government Association of Tasmania.

The Framework will comprise a Tasmanian Coastal Policy Statement and an Implementation Plan outlining how the Policy Statement will be given effect through existing and/or new policy instruments and processes, and integrated with the RMPS. 

The Tasmanian Coastal Policy Statement will articulate key policy principles and goals, an approach to defining the coast, and high level roles and responsibilities of different levels of government and private parties.  A draft Tasmanian Coastal Policy Statement was released for public consultation on 5 July 2013. More information on the Tasmanian Coastal Policy Statement and the consultation can be found here.

The full Framework, which will comprise the Policy Statement and an Implementation Plan, will be submitted for the Government's consideration by the end of 2013.

Draft Tasmanian Coastal Policy Statement

A draft Tasmanian Coastal Policy Statement was released for public comment on 5 July 2013 as a key step in developing a Coastal Protection and Planning Framework.  The draft Coastal Policy Statement proposed a long-term vision for Tasmania's coast, along with the key goals, policy directions and principles for decision making and action.

The draft Tasmanian Coastal Policy Statement is available herePDF icon(PDF, 466KB). 

Key stakeholders and interested members of the community were invited to have their say to help ensure that future coastal policy reflects the priorities and issues that need to be addressed now and into the future.

The release of the draft Policy Statement and request for public comments was publicised through public notices in the three major newspapers and available coastal regional newspapers.  Identified stakeholder groups were also contacted directly and invited to make a submission, participate in a facilitated workshop, or – for some stakeholders – be part of a face-to-face meeting.  

The consultation process was completed in August 2013.  Thank you to all the individuals and organisations that made a submission in response to the draft Policy Statement or participated in meetings and workshops. Your input into the process is appreciated.

Public submissions are available here.  

Consultation Report

Following the consultation process, the Department of Premier and Cabinet has developed a Consultation Report on the draft Tasmanian Coastal Policy Statement, documenting the range of public responses to the draft Policy Statement, both generally and in relation to specific elements.

The Consultation Report is available herePDF icon(PDF, 465KB). 


Further information

Policy Division
Department of Premier and Cabinet
Phone: 03 6232 7124