New approval process to fast-track dams in Tasmania

A bill to fast-track new dams in Tasmania was passed in the Tasmanian parliament in April 2007.

Farmers wanting to build dams on their farms will have a one-stop approval process. Environmental issues will continue to be considered but applicants will no longer have to do the running-around to obtain authorisations from several government agencies.

Tasmanian Primary Industries and Water Minister David Llewellyn said that environmental factors would be balanced with the economic and social benefits that come with surety of water supply.

Mr Llewellyn said that capturing winter rains for irrigation and town water supplies is a strategic priority for Tasmania.

“Tasmania has a natural water advantage which will be increasingly important,” he said. “Tasmania needs to remove disincentives to investment in on-farm dams and other water developments.”

The new process will also facilitate analysis of the benefits of large, complex dam proposals and their environmental impact, he said.

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