Tasmanian Labor has welcomed the recommendations of a long-awaited draft report into options to improve the health of the kanamaluka/Tamar River estuary.
Labor Leader David O’Byrne said the report heralded a new era for future management of the estuary.
“Labor took a commitment to the last election to restore the natural and aesthetic values of the kanamaluka/Tamar River estuary and improve recreational and tourist access to the river edge,” Mr O’Byrne said.
“I am pleased that the Tamar Estuary Management Taskforce draft report aligns with these values which will bring long term benefits rather than quick fixes.
“This report collates all the science over many years to outline a strategic way forward rather than the piecemeal approach of the past including ad hoc dredging and silt raking which can cause more harm than good.
“kanamaluka/Tamar River is a special place for many people and they want to see some real action to restore and improve the estuary.”
Labor Member for Bass, Janie Finlay, said the report would provide a pathway to bring more locals and tourists back to the river.
“This long term vision would open up parts of the river that currently aren’t accessible,” Ms Finlay said.
“It builds on the great work of former Labor governments which, in partnership with Council and developer Errol Stewart, saw the creation of board walks around Royal Park and the Seaport.
“This is an incredible opportunity to create a world class wetland experience as part of the city which compliments the natural beauty of the Cataract Gorge and the Tamar Island Wetlands.
“The Federal and State Governments now need to commit to this plan and ensure funding is consistent and sustained so that work can be undertaken strategically.”
David O’Byrne MP
Janie Finlay MP
Labor Member for Bass