A bill seeking to implement significant changes to the state’s planning scheme will be challenged by the Greens in Parliament this week.
The government’s major projects legislation seeks to create a new process whereby any development which meets the criteria of a major project is assessed by an independent expert panel but there are concerns it will lock the community out of the planning process.
Greens planning spokeswoman Rosalie Woodruff said the bill was complex, messy and cumbersome but what it did not do was put in place protections for the environment or the community.
She said of the 1549 submissions made on the bill, 98 per cent of these opposed the legislation and 1 per cent supported it, and of those 12 submissions in favour eight were from government bodies or interested parties.
Dr Woodruff urged Labor to listen to the community and their concerns about the bill.
“1500 people in Tasmania are passionately opposed to this noxious bill,” she said.
“Now is the time for Labor to make it clear that they stand with the community.”
But Labor leader Rebecca White confirmed on Sunday her party would be supporting the legislation and that the final bill had addressed previous areas of concern.
Government Minister Sarah Courtney said the legislation was not about cutting corners or working around existing processes.
“What the major projects bill is about is creating certainty,” Ms Courtney said.
“It’s really important at a time like now where we need projects delivered in this state.”