The Ralphs Bay case, Tasmania – Threats from Residential Developments
EDO Tasmania represented community group, Save Ralphs Bay Inc., in the Planning Commission hearings over a proposed 460-lot canal estate development in Lauderdale, which was the first canal estate proposal in Tasmania. The development was in a declared conservation area and could destroy habitat for resident and migratory shore birds, involve dredging of heavy-metal laden sediments and the removal of recreational areas, including a premier windsurfing location. After over four weeks of hearings, the Planning Commission determined that the proposal was “inherently unsustainable” and recommended that it be refused. The Premier subsequently supported the recommendation and refused to grant a permit for the development.