There are 29 councils in Tasmania. Details can be found here
The EPA says:
Councils are the correct people to be dealing with when it comes to back yard burning.
Councils in Tasmania are responsible for administering our environmental laws and regulations in relation to smoke from wood
heaters and back yard burning.
The EPA says individual councils can enact by-laws to restrict burning on blocks greater than 2000 square meters.
The EPA also state:
This does not mean fires can be lit with impunity.
There is no entitlement under legislation for any property owner or occupier of a property to light fires and burn off vegetation waste
and cause nuisance smoke
However, councils do not agree with what the EPA are sayings.
West Tamar Council says:
i) Councils have a responsibility for management of smoke issues on blocks less than 2000 square meters and the EPA has
responsibility for those properties over 2000 square meters. And,
ii) By-laws is not an area that councils can venture after receiving advice. This legal advice closes the door on an avenue you
were hopeful would bring you some relief.
iii) Based on previous discussions with councillors, I do not believe they are willing to support (a by-law) at this time.
iv) One of the main reasons (for the under 2000 square meter regulation) is due to the sensitivity of our Tamar valley airshed and
it's air quality.
It is recognised that small scale smoke is a problem and yet much larger scale wood smoke that pollutes the Tamar valley is
Further, the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT), an organisation that supports all councils, answered on their
a) Councils generally do not have the resources to be proactive in this area.
b) Councils do not see it as their role to educate the public about regulations.
c) In relation to community public relations, councils are in an invidios situation while large scale burn-offs continue.
d) Local Government does not generally consider backyard burning to be of high priority at present.
Air Quality Policy
"The Local Government Association of Tasmania supports the development of a consistent and balanced policy and regulatory
response to the control of air quality in Tasmania."
"The Association acknowledges that Councils have responsibilities in relation to air quality."
On June 15, 2012 we met with the Minister for Environment Parks and Heritage (Hon. Brian Wightman MP) to ask to have the
above Council / EPA issues sorted out once and for all. Despite our further enquiries, there has to-date been one unsatisfactory
response from the Minister. Wightman lost his seat in the 2014 State election.