Before work can start, the project needs to secure a number of planning and environmental approvals. Because of the size, scale and cost of the project, it was assessed using Tasmania’s new Major Projects assessment pathway as part of the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993.
Using the Major Projects pathway allowed a coordinated assessment of many different approvals to happen at the same time, including land use planning, environmental impacts, Aboriginal heritage, historic cultural heritage, TasWater, threatened species and gas pipeline safety.
The Tasmanian Minister for Planning declared the project to be a Major Project in December 2020 and a Major Project Permit was received in May 2022
As well as the Major Project Permit, the project also needs a Parks and Wildlife Service Works Authority for the work that we will be doing in the Derwent River. Development Applications with local councils may also be needed for minor works outside the Project Area.