Category Archives: Government (state)

Tasmania is well resourced to develop liveable cities and an economy that is much less dependent on dwindling oil supplies, but such a future is only possible if the state and local government act in concert and with due urgency. Tasmania needs an Energy Descent Action Plan in place so that appropriate reforms can be implemented strategically.

Why are petrol prices being buried by government?

The bad news we bring you today is that this document, owned by the people of Tasmania, has been pulled from the state government’s websites so you can no longer get it from there. Continue reading

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Send a ‘please act now’ to Minister McKim

Dear climate / peak oil champion,

We are asking for a few moments of your time to petition the state government.

To his credit, in 2010 Minister Nick McKim gained budget 
funding for an important ‘Oil Price Vulnerability Study’ to be undertaken.

Now, two years later and 9 months after its foreshadowed 
release there is no sign of the study. We do know that it has been completed and is now gathering dust in government. Continue reading

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Tasmanian Government’s Peak Oil Study

Announcing this $250,000 study in 2010, Minister McKim said that it is vital Tasmania prepares for when the supply and price of oil are less certain than they are today. However, the study, now well underway, has been renamed the “Tasmanian Oil Price Vulnerability Study”. It seems very likely that the study will consider only the price of oil, not its availability. Continue reading

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State government peak oil study

The 2010 Tasmanian budget allocated funds for a $250,000 study that will look into Tasmania”s vulnerability to oil price rises. Announcing the study, Minister Mr Nick McKim said that it is vital Tasmania prepares for when the supply and price of oil are less certain than they are today. “The key is to do this now, so we will be in the strongest position possible when it happens”, he said <a href="http://peakoiltas.org/2010/01/oil-vulnerability-study/"><strong>[…]</strong></a>
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Transport – big changes ahead

It’s not possible to respond to oil depletion in Tasmania without tackling the transport issue head on. As an Alderman I see business-as-usual played out in policy and infrastructure decisions on a regular basis. Millions are spent on developing more car parks to attract cars in to the city. Roadways are expanded to allow faster traffic movements. The great tragedy behind these icon projects is not so much the waste but the loss of possibility&lt;a href=&quot;http://peakoiltas.org/peak-oil-in-tasmania/peak-oil-and-transport/&quot;&gt;[…]&lt;/a&gt; Continue reading

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Peak oil and planning

Past planning and real estate practice have separated out large areas of land for a single use – such as residential or industrial – and so have increased many journeys beyond walking and cycling distances. This pattern of land use assumes mass car mobility, cheap fuel and huge public expenditures on road building and maintenance. he reality is that cheap fuel is coming to an end and many Tasmanians will not want to, or will be unable to, travel everywhere by car in future. […] Continue reading

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