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EPA Board updates its strategic focus

04 March 2013

The core commitments of the EPA Board in Tasmania are outlined in a new three-year Strategic Plan.

EPA Board Chair John Ramsay said the EPA’s Strategic Plan focuses on the Board’s objectives and tasks, consistent with the longer-term vision and purpose of the EPA.

“The EPA’s first Strategic Plan in 2009 was a plan to establish the new statutory body in the Tasmanian community. Three years later the EPA is well established, and a review of the 2009 plan has been undertaken with the assistance of a range of internal and external stakeholders,” Mr. Ramsay said.

“The new plan clarifies the legislative framework under which the EPA operates, and sets out its purpose, values, priorities, scope and approach.”

“The EPA Board seeks to maximise our contribution to a clean, healthy and sustainable Tasmania,” Mr Ramsay said.

The Board will do this by having a focus on:

The Tasmanian Waste and Resource Management Strategy –by working with key stakeholders to build more effective statewide waste management arrangements and actively promote the waste to resources agenda;

Water Quality Objectives – by engaging with the community on the determination of water quality objectives for priority waterways using the best available scientific data;

The Savage River Rehabilitation Project – by ensuring that the project funds are expended to achieve the best long term environmental result for Tasmania;

Legacy Mine Sites – by working with stakeholders to remediate legacy mine sites and ensuring that new mines are managed in such a way as to ensure we do not add to this environmental legacy;

The assessment process – by continuing to conduct robust and comprehensive assessments while looking to refine the assessment and decision making process to minimise delays, inequity and regulatory burden as far as possible;

Community engagement – by encouraging proponents to engage the community more effectively in the early stages of development proposals;

Guidance – by providing or encouraging others to provide clear and accessible guidelines and information to assist the community, proponents and operators understand environmental duty of care obligations and how those obligations can be met.

Mr. Ramsay said the Board will also have a focus on Partnerships; Strategic Engagements; Guidance for fee remissions and exemptions and; Environment and Sustainability indicators.

“On behalf of the Board, I’d like to thank all organisations and individuals who took the time to discuss the new Strategic Plan in its early stages and provided valuable feedback and ideas,” Mr. Ramsay said.

The latest EPA Strategic Plan can be viewed online by visiting : epa.tas.gov.au/epa/strategic-plan