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Most would be aware that many in the Waratah Community and members of the Friends of the Waratah Reservoir Group placed submissions to DPIPWE relating to the proposal by TasWater nee Minister Ferguson to fully decommission the Heritage Waratah Reservoir. This is just one very pertinent submission that says it all. Bischoff Kryptonite – Tasmanian […]

Most would be aware that many in the Waratah Community and members of the Friends of the Waratah Reservoir Group placed submissions to DPIPWE relating to the proposal by TasWater nee Minister Ferguson to fully decommission the Heritage Waratah Reservoir. This is just one very pertinent submission that says it all.

Bischoff Kryptonite – Tasmanian Times

On 30 March those persons were advised by DPIPWE that their submissions had been rejected and that an appeal was the last option – due by 14 April, extended to 21 April after postal delays due Easter etc.

This advice was signed off by the delegate for the Minister during Caretaker Mode given the then Premier had called an early election on 26 March.

Caretaker Mode and the Waratah Dam Decommissioning – Tasmanian Times

On Sunday 4 April the Friends had a public meeting in Waratah to discuss how to progress this appeal and agreement was that the President should submit such on behalf of the members incorporating summary captions of all their submissions.

This Friends’ submission was forwarded to the Resource Management and Planning Tribunal (RMPAT) on the due date of 21 April. The Waratah Wynyard Council provided their own.

Friends of Waratah Reservoir Submit Appeal – Tasmanian Times

On 14 April the Friends were advised that DPIPWE had refused to provide details of why their 14 plus submissions had been rejected due ‘the issue being under Appeal’?

As a concerned resident I submitted an RTI request to DPIPWE seeking the details of those submission refusals. As of today, I have received no detailed response.

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Apparently, all the Submissions lodged by the Friends, and now our Appeal, were given to
TasWater by DPIPWE as requested by the Tribunal (under instruction presumably of the Minister) for their perusal and subsequent direction thereof – in complete contrast as to how the Friends have been treated.

And now the RMPAT are rejecting the Friends’ appeal submitted by the President of the Group due a legal technicality raised by TasWater!!

They have asserted that the appeal must be lodged within the 14 day period required by the Water Management Act; it appears that it is 14 days from the day it is issued not 14  days when you receive it. This is in direct contrast to the emailed notice from the DPIPWE .

As one learned resident stated:

How much further is TasWater – supported by their political minions and state public Grooms of the Stool – prepared to push its secret agenda against every sense of justice and decency?

What is a Groom of the Stool? by Sarah Bryson – The Tudor Society

TasWater and its Grooms, proudly destroyers of environment and communities’ futures.

This is surely miscreant and possibly corrupt behaviour!? How can anyone expect an honest and fair outcome if the three Government bodies in control of proceedings are colluding for one and one only pre-chosen outcome – presumably as determined by Minister Ferguson.

The Friends of Waratah Reservoir are seeking legal advice and will place a further appeal to this determination by the RMPAT and will continue dialogue with relevant politicians etc.

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Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2021/05/fawlty-towers-or-groom-of-the-stool/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fawlty-towers-or-groom-of-the-stool

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