Tasman Planning Scheme set to go

The development of a new draft planning scheme for Tasman (as part of the Regional Planning Project) will soon be complete. This has been done in co-operation with the STCA project managers who have been driving this project overall with the Planning Commission (TPC) and who have to date produced a revised state wide planning scheme template and a southern Tasmanian regional land use strategy. The template is referred to as the Common Key Elements Template (CKET). The structure and content of the planning scheme will be generally divided into three layers: – State content – which is mandatory across all planning schemes as per the CKET, Regional content – which is consistent across the 12 southern Councils and comprises both mandatory and optional provisions and Local content – where each Council may modify controls and provisions.
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  1. Annette Yaxley says:

    Unfortunately I am unable to attend the meeting at the Eagle Neck Hall on Monday 9 July. I am extremely concerned about the proposed changes related to dog access on the beach at E Neck. I would like to make the following points:
    · Research indicates that the physical and mental health of people living in rural areas is far inferior to those living in cities.
    · Tasmania has the highest rate of dog ownership of any state and territory in Australia.
    · Research indicates that owning a dog increases the physical and mental health of individuals regardless of where they live.
    · Dog owners are encouraged to walk because of the need to exercise their dogs and consequently improve their own health.
    · Local councils have a responsibility to promote healthy communities and many councils have a health policy (does Tasman?).

    So why is the Tasman Council proposing changes to the use of the beach at E Neck?

    I have been walking on Pirates Bay Beach
    regularly for thirty years and have never seen a dog catch a bird or eat a bird egg. What I have seen over that time is increased use of
    the beach for recreational purposes- fishing, surfing, walking, playing etc. and a definite decline in the number of dogs on the beach.

    If sea birds are declining in number then could it be due to the increase in the use of the beach as I’ve outlined above; surfers and swimmers leaving their towels and beach equipment in the reeds and bushes at the edge of the sand, children playing in the scrub, snakes eating the eggs of nesting birds?

    Why blame dogs? Where’s the evidence that dogs are responsible?

    Will the Tasman Council provide footpaths and walking trails where people can walk their dogs in exchange for the opportunity to walk their dog on the beach or will locals have to walk their dogs in the gravel on the edge of roads, risking their lives as trucks and cars hurtle past?

    If dog owners have limited access to the beach at E Neck they will stop walking their dogs:
    · no-one is going to walk to the beach along roads to walk their dogs a few meters along the beach
    · they certainly won’t tie their dog to a stake and continue to walk along the bit of beach reserved only for people
    · people who drive to the beach to walk their dog won’t be doing that if there’s just a short walk at the end of the drive.

    Sadly, the casualty in all of this will be the health and well-being of local people. The Tasman Council needs to think about the needs of the E Neck community and turn their focus to less utilised beaches on the Tasman Peninsula, of which there are many.

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