The Chair of the Board of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Mr John Ramsay has welcomed the statement of expectation for the EPA Board issued by the Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts Michelle O'Byrne earlier this week.
"The statement of expectation from the Minister will be the foundation of our strategic plan," Mr Ramsay said.
"The EPA Board is keen to get on with the job of improving environmental management in Tasmania and playing its part to tackle important issues such as climate change and smoke from planned burning."
The statement of expectation sets out the Minister's objectives on matters relating to the role and functions of the EPA Board over the next two and a half years.
Mr Ramsay said the EPA Board will meet early next week to start the process to prepare a statement of intent in response.
"The statement of intent will set out how the Board will address the Minister's expectations and priorities, Mr Ramsay said.
"However, the issues that the Board may address are not limited to those listed in the statement of expectation.
"We will discuss the Minister's objectives and then decide what the EPA Board's main priorities will be over the next two and a half years."
Mr Ramsay added that the Minister's statement of expectation cannot operate to prevent the EPA Board from independently performing its statutory functions.
The EPA is a part of Tasmania's Resource Management and Planning System and its jurisdiction includes environmental management and pollution control matters.
The EPA is governed by an independent Board and Director. Both the Chair and Director discharge their responsibilities at arm's length from State Government and have independent statutory powers under the Act.
Mr Ramsay said the Minister's statement of expectation is available for public viewing on the EPA website:
statement of expectation
"The EPA Board will also make our statement of intent available on the EPA website when it is completed," Mr Ramsay said.
The statement of intent is due on 1 January 2009.