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Governance of Tasmania’s private bushlands: artful ensemble or hodgepodge?


Richardson, B and Baxter, T, Governance of Tasmania's private bushlands: artful ensemble or hodgepodge?, Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 33, (1) pp. 47-67. ISSN 0813-300X (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Conservation of bushland on private property in Tasmania, as in other parts of Australia, has seemingly benefited from numerous regulatory and policy initiatives in recent decades. But more is not necessarily better; a smorgasbord of initiatives may lead to a hodgepodge of confusing and contradictory approaches.Through this article’s evaluation of governance of private bushland in Tasmania, a valuable case study emerges of wider relevance to the design of environmental law. Some theories of regulation suggest that a mix of instruments and actors can be advantageous – such as by efficiently and democratically tailoring governance to specific contexts rather than imposing indiscriminate, blanket controls.The Tasmanian experience suggests that such an advantage does not easily arise. The mosaic of governance in Tasmania includes local planning schemes, conservation covenants, threatened species legislation and forest practices legislation, in addition to federal regulation. Continuing land clearance and degradation in Tasmania is fragmenting and degrading wildlife habitat corridors and replacing old growth with young growth. To overcome such pressures may necessitate, perhaps counterintuitively, a simpler approach and a new synergising process.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Tasmania, conservation Australia
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Environmental and resources law
Research Field:Environmental law
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in law and legal studies
UTAS Author:Richardson, B (Professor Benjamin Richardson)
UTAS Author:Baxter, T (Dr Tom Baxter)
ID Code:106269
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2016-02-03
Last Modified:2017-10-17

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