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Improving environmental regulation with local government

​​The EPA and Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to clarify the roles and responsibilities of the EPA and local government in relation to environmental regulation in Tasmania.

EPA Director and Deputy Secretary Wes Ford, and LGAT Chief Executive Officer Katrena Stephenson, acting on behalf of member councils, co-signed the agreement.

"The MoU will operate for five years, and each year a work program will be developed and delivered around priority areas," Mr Ford says.

Both parties will identify, prioritise and work to address the roles and responsibilities as a rolling program.

"In the past, lack of clarity around which tier of government is responsible for certain matters has caused some frustration, but this MoU will work to address the areas of ambiguity," Mr Ford says.

"The EPA and local government work very closely to regulate environmental activity and manage environmental issues for the Tasmanian community. In recent years, considerable effort has gone into making the relationship stronger; this MoU builds on that work.

"I look forward to working with LGAT into the future, and seeing the results of this MoU in the coming months and years".

MoU betwe​en EPA and LGAT