The Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania and Renewables, Climate and Future Industries Tasmania are inviting the public to make submissions on the Draft Water Miscellaneous Amendments (Delegation and Industrial Water Supply) Bill 2023.
The Draft Bill proposes a number of changes to the Water Management Act 1999, Irrigation Clauses Act 1973 and Irrigation Company Act 2011.
The proposed amendments have been drafted to:
enable undertakers, such as Tasmanian Irrigation, to enter into contracts for the supply of water for industrial use for hydrogen production; and
address the Government’s policy to facilitate community management of publicly owned irrigation schemes, where feasible and appropriate by providing a capability for Tasmanian Irrigation (or other responsible irrigation entities) to delegate specific functions and powers to an irrigator body.
The public consultation period for the Draft Bill will be open for a period of four weeks, closing at 5:00pm on Tuesday 8 August 2023.
A copy of the Draft Bill is available for download here:
Draft Water Miscellaneous Amendments (Delegation and Industrial Water Supply) Bill 2023
The Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania and Renewables, Climate and Future Industries Tasmania have prepared an Explanatory Paper which provides a plain English description of the proposed changes to legislation.
The Explanatory Paper can be downloaded here:
Explanatory Paper for the Draft Bill
Public consultation period commences Monday 10 July 2023
Public consultation period closes on Tuesday 8 August 2023 at 5:00pm (EST).
How to make a submission
Submissions of the Draft Bill must be provided in writing and be received by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania by 5pm on Tuesday 8 August 2023.
Submissions can be delivered as follows:
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Post your submission to:
Water Policy and Planning Branch – Draft Bill submissions
Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania
GPO BOX 44
HOBART TAS 7001
Accessibility of submissions
The Government recognises that not all individuals or groups are equally placed to access and understand information.
We are therefore committed to ensuring information is accessible and easily understood by people with diverse communication needs.
Where possible, please consider typing your submission in plain English and providing it in a format such as Microsoft Word or equivalent.
The Government cannot however take responsibility for the accessibility of documents provided by third parties.
Important information to note
Your submission and your name (or the name of the organisation) will be published unless you request otherwise.
In the absence of a clear indication that a submission is intended to be treated as confidential (or parts of the submission), the submission will be treated as public.
If you would like your submission treated as confidential, whether in whole or in part, please indicate this in writing at the time of making your submission clearly identifying the parts of your submission you want to remain confidential and the reasons why. In this case, your submission will not be published to the extent of that request.
Copyright in submissions remains with the author(s), not with the Tasmanian Government.
Submissions containing defamatory or offensive material, in whole or in part, will not be published.
If your submission includes information that could enable the identification of other individuals then either all or parts of the submission will not be published.
The Right to Information Act 2009 and confidentiality
Information provided to the Government may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI).
If you have indicated that you wish all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential, your statement detailing the reasons may be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure. You may also be contacted to provide any further comment.