The State and Federal governments must commit to improving the health of the Tamar River estuary by fast tracking funding to upgrade Launceston’s outdated sewerage treatment plants.
Labor Leader Rebecca White said residents in Launceston and surrounding areas want action now.
“A $94.6 million state and federal government package was announced in 2018 to fund a number of initiatives to improve the Tamar.
“While catchment works have progressed well, we need faster action on addressing issues with the combined sewerage system,” Ms White said.
“Growth in this region has put pressure on sewerage infrastructure, and at times of heavy rain, raw sewage flows into the river.
“The Tamar River is a special place for many people. It is a gathering place for locals and tourists and provides many opportunities for recreational and sporting activities.
“That’s not compatible with failing sewerage infrastructure.
“The sewerage projects are a crucial part of plans to improve the health of the Tamar, and would reduce pathogen concentrations in the Launceston to Legana zone by around 35%.
“Money has been allocated to fix the problem, but no work has progressed. It’s time to fast track this work, to stimulate economic activity and create jobs, but also to ensure the long-term health of the Tamar River.
Rebecca White MP