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PEVs for Tasmanian Surface Waters

Under the State Policy on Water Quality Management 1997 protected environmental values must be set for all Tasmanian surface waters (including estuarine and coastal waters).

Protected environmental values (PEVs) are the current uses and values of the waterways. The Policy provides five categories of PEVs - Protection of Aquatic Ecosystems; Recreational Water Quality and Aesthetics; Raw Water for Drinking Water Supply; Agricultural Water Uses; and Industrial Water Supply.

PEVs provide a strategic framework for water quality management and focus the attention of government, industry and the community on the long-term sustainable use of surface waters. PEVs must be shown in statutory planning instruments such as national park plans and marine farm plans.

To date, PEVs have been set according to either catchment boundaries or municipal boundaries.

PEV Setting in Tasmania

Municipality/Catchment/Regional Location PEV Project Status Environment Management Goals
Blythe Catchment Completed Blyth River Estuary, Minna Creek and Tip Creek Catchments Final Paper
Circular Head/Wynyard Waratah Municipalities Completed Circular Head/Wynyard Waratah Final Paper
Derwent Estuary land based surface water and Derwent Estuary Completed Derwent Estuary Final Papers
Dorset and Break O'Day Municipal Area Catchments Completed Dorset and Break O'Day Final Paper
Flinders Municipal Area Catchments Completed Flinders Municipal Area Final Paper
Glamorgan-Spring Bay Catchment Completed Glamorgan-Spring Bay Final Paper
Gordon River Catchment Completed Gordon River System Final Paper
Great Lake & Brumbys Creek Catchments, Lower Macquarie and South Esk Rivers Completed Great Lake & Brumbys Creek Catchments and Lower Macquarie and South Esk Rivers Final Paper
Greater Pipers River Catchment Completed Greater Pipers River Catchment Final Paper
Huon Valley Completed Huon Valley Final Paper
King Island Completed King Island Final Paper
Kingborough Municipal Area and D'Entrecasteaux Channel Completed Kingborough and D'Entrecasteaux Channel Final Paper
Macquarie and South Esk River Catchments Completed Macquarie River and South Esk River Catchments Final Paper
Meander Completed Meander River Catchment Final Paper
Mersey Catchment Completed Mersey River Catchment Final Paper
North Central Coast and the Greater Rubicon Completed North Central Coast & Rubicon Catchment Final Paper
Preservation Bay to Watcombe Beach, Penguin Completed Preservation Bay to Watcombe Beach Final Paper
South East Coastal Catchments Completed South East Coast Catchments Final Paper
Southern Midlands Council Municipality Completed Southern Midlands Final Paper
Tamar Estuary and North Esk Catchment Completed Tamar Estuary and North Esk Catchment Final Paper
Upper Derwent River Completed Derwent River Final Paper
West Coast Council (Excluding the Gordon and Pieman River Catchments) Completed West Coast Municipal Area Final Paper

Protected Environmental Values are also set for parks and reserves administered under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1970 when management plans are developed.

Who Sets Protected Environmental Values?

The Policy requires the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Board and regional planning authorities (councils and/or the Director of Parks & Wildlife Service) to set the PEVs for inland and coastal waterways.

Setting of PEVs must be an open and consultative process involving all interested industry & community groups. Where a fully representative catchment management group already exists, it would be used to seek community and industry involvement in the PEV setting process.

What is the process?

The following process is being used to set PEVs in association with regional planning authorities.

  • A workshop is held with the decision-making authorities. Those attending this workshop include council administrators, DPIWE regional water management officers, regional park planners, and marine farm planners where applicable.
  • A public discussion paper is prepared by DPIWE. It outlines the water reform process, summarises the state of regional water resources and provides a brief summary of the local water management issues, explains the importance of water quality and water quantity values and proposes a range of PEVs. Endorsement is sought from the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Board, councils and/or the Director of Parks for the discussion paper to be released for public consultation.
  • Community and industry representatives are invited to a workshop to discuss the proposed PEVs and to establish a list of regional community water values. Feedback is provided to all those people invited to the workshop and two weeks is given for them to provide any further information.
  • Public meetings are then held to allow the whole community to input to the process of setting PEVs. Between two weeks and a month is allocated after the public meeting for provision of further submissions.
  • The Board, Councils and/or Director of Parks then endorse the PEVs.
  • The final PEVs will be shown in park plans, marine farm plans and used to assist with water management and natural resources management planning.

When will this happen?

The PEV setting process takes, at a minimum, about three months. The actual timing depends on the level of consultation sought and the resources that can be put into the process from both DPIWE and the regional management authorities.

All the community are encouraged to become involved in the determination of community water values and the setting of Protected Environmental Values for Tasmanian surface waters.

​Water Section
134 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 4599
Email: water@epa.tas.gov.au​

The Environment Protection Authority acknowledges the Tasmanian Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of lutruwita (Tasmania) and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.