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.
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
The public consultation period for the Draft Bill was open for four weeks, and closed at 5:00pm on Tuesday 8 August 2023.
A summary of submissions has been compiled to provide an overview of the feedback received. This summary is not intended to reflect the Tasmanian Government position on the Bill, nor is it intended to exhaustively represent the views of the submissions on the draft Water Miscellaneous Amendments (Delegation and Industrial Water Supply) Bill 2023 from individuals or organisations.