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Strategic Plan outlines Key Focus Areas for EPA

05 August 2009
Effective regulation, tracking environmental performance and community empowerment and engagement are key focus areas identified by the EPA in Tasmania as part of its Strategic Plan for 2009-2010. To view the Strategic Plan click here EPA Chair John Ramsay said the Strategic Plan focuses on objectives and tasks that will contribute to the longer term vision and purpose of the EPA in Tasmania. "The EPA's vision is a Tasmania that is clean, healthy and sustainable," Mr Ramsay said. "Our purpose is to regulate developments and activities that impact on environmental quality and promote best practice, sustainable environmental management." The plan outlines the EPA Board's strategic goals for clean air, clean water, clean land, acceptable noise and sustainable use of resources. The key focus areas are: • Effective regulation: by reviewing and refreshing existing processes, reviewing the EPA's policies and procedures on enforcement and setting clear standards; • Tracking Environmental Performance: by defining standards and measuring Tasmania's environmental quality performance against each strategic goal and tabling an Annual Report in Parliament; • Community Empowerment: by supporting existing and new programs raise awareness and capacity, helping those needing to deal with environmental issues to access technologies and resources to address them. • Community Engagement: by articulating the EPA's role, communicating the EPA goals, consulting actively, listening to stakeholders, developing and formalising strong partnerships and making it easier to contact the EPA. "Our values are independence, collaboration and transparency," Mr Ramsay said. "The 2009-2010 Strategic Plan details how the EPA Board intends to deliver our goals - by operating without fear or favour, making informed decisions based on sound evidence, leading positive, proactive change in support of our purpose and vision, listening to a wide range of views across the community and communicating explicitly." The Plan will be reviewed after the Minister for Environment Michelle O'Byrne provides a new Statement of Expectation to the EPA Board in 2010. The EPA Strategic Plan can be viewed online by visiting the EPA website: www.epa.tas.gov.au