Protecting environmental values
The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is responsible for conducting environmental management to protect Tasmania's reserves. Environmental management involves active management of the biophysical and cultural values of reserves and the values that the community place on them.
The Parks and Wildlife Service is responsible for assessing the environmental impacts of proposals in Tasmania’s reserved lands. Environmental impact assessment (EIA) processes are undertaken to guide decisions about appropriate use and development and the management of associated impacts in Tasmania’s reserved lands and on Crown land. This is also known as a Reserve Activity Assessment (RAA).
The PWS ensures that the reserve area management objectives specified in the National Parks and Reserves Management Act 2002 and Nature Conservation Act 2002 as well as criteria and outcomes specified in relevant reserve area management plans are addressed in decision making.
About the EIA process
Proposals are assessed in accordance with PWS processes and guidelines. Where public consultation is appropriate comment is invited on draft documents including an environmental impact statement (EIS) or reserve activity assessment (RAA).
An environmental assessment report is prepared by the PWS to complete the EIA process. The report includes a statement of reasons and copies of all public comment received.
The stages in the public EIA process are summarised following:
Stage 1 - Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and supporting documents are accepted as suitable for public consultation.
Stage 2 - Public consultation process is advertised in three regional papers. Draft EIS and supporting documents are available on the ‘Have your say’ page of PWS website.
Stage 3 - Final EIS and Submission Report is prepared, addressing comments received during the public consultation process.
Stage 4 - Assessment of the final EIS is completed and PWS prepares an Environmental Assessment Report (EAR) including the submission report and public submissions.
Stage 5 - Final EIS, EAR and public submission are published on the PWS website.
The Environmental Impact Assessment process is aimed at effectively and efficiently assessing and managing environmental impacts of proposals.
The process addresses statutory requirements and expert advice when required. Community views are also considered.
To understand the EIA process and when they may be required, the Parks and Wildlife Service is preparing EIA guidelines, which will be available here when finalised.
The guidelines aim to provide advice to proponents of proposals that may require assessment under the National Parks and Reserves Management Act 2002. Guidelines also provide advice to stakeholders and community members on how to participate and make submissions during the public EIA process.
Proposals may be put forward by PWS for reserve management, by external proponents for provision of tourism services, or by other agencies, private entities and persons.
The Have your say page lists proposals that are open for comment and assessments that are closed and in process.
When a public EIA process is completed the PWS provides a public environmental assessment report, with a statement of reasons and associated final EIA documents.
Reports and outcomes of the environmental impact assessment process that have been completed from 2020 onwards are listed on Have your say.
For information about any of the proposals that completed assessment
prior to 2020 please contact PWSassessments@parks.tas.gov.au