Alex Schaap has been appointed as Tasmania’s new Director of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).
He replaces the EPA’s inaugural Director, Warren Jones, who retired recently.
The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman, said Mr Schaap would bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role as well as a sound appreciation of Tasmania’s environmental challenges and issues.
“Mr Schaap has held several senior management positions in the natural resources and biosecurity sector, an area which relies heavily on a clean and well-managed environment,” Mr Wightman said.
“He has extensive experience in working with a range of industry stakeholders and Boards both locally and nationally and will play a key part in building on the EPA’s well established role in environmental monitoring and regulation.
“Mr Schaap was selected after a nationwide search and it is very pleasing to find that the skills, depth of experience, knowledge and understanding required for the position could be found in Tasmania.”
The State Government established the independent EPA in July 2008 as an integral part of Tasmania’s resource management and planning system.
The Director is a member of the independent EPA Board which oversees environmental management and decision making across a wide range of issues in Tasmania, operating at arm’s length from government.
It is responsible for the day-to-day regulation of about 600 Level 2 industrial activities, investigating complaints and incidents, assessing and regulating contaminated sites, regulating waste treatment and disposal, and overseeing compliance and enforcement.
Mr Wightman said that as Director, Mr Schaap will exercise a number of powers under delegation from the EPA Board, which is supported by staff of the EPA Division of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE).
“The appointment of a Director with such wide experience highlights the Government’s ongoing commitment to the EPA’s central vision for clean air, water and land, acceptable noise and sustainable use of resources.”
Mr Schaap is currently the general manager of Biosecurity and Product Integrity with DPIPWE.