Federal and state cooperate to support Tasmanian major projects

Monday, 17 November 2014

Arrangements to ensure cooperation that will benefit potential investors in major projects in Tasmania were agreed to in Hobart today.  

The Australian Government’s Tasmanian Major Projects Approval Agency general manager, Ann Bray, met Tasmania’s first Co-ordinator General, John Perry, to discuss collaboration aimed at supporting major investments in Tasmania.

This is a timely announcement with both agencies present at the TasInvest  2014 Investment Forum this week to outline their roles to potential investors.

Project proponents’ and investors’ main point of contact is through the Office of the Coordinator-General. His role is to attract and secure investment in major development projects that maximise contribution to Tasmania’s growth.

The Australian Government’s Tasmanian Major Projects Approval Agency will assist proponents to work through federal regulation and processes.

The Office of the Coordinator General will assist proponents to understand and work through state based regulation.

Both agencies will be co-located in Launceston and work closely together to provide a single-entry point to assist proponents to manage Commonwealth and State regulatory and compliance obligations for major projects.

“Co-location of our two organisations is a clear indication of a commitment to work and communicate effectively and offers some exciting new opportunities,” Mr Perry said. “It will allow project proponents to identify critical paths through Australian and State Government regulation and requirements quickly and effectively.”

“This collaboration between our two organisations will help to ensure that important investments in Tasmania are not unnecessarily held up or delayed,” Ms Bray said. “It will help to remove uncertainty and inefficiencies for those who want to invest in Tasmania and assist to further both governments’ red tape reduction agendas.”

The two governments signed an MOU in July 2014 to commit to this cooperative approach.

Media contacts: Department of Industry media 02 6213 6308

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