Premier Announces Members For Tamar Estuary Management Taskforce

Premier Announces Members For Tamar Estuary Management Taskforce

Tasmania Premier Will Hodgman

Members Announced For Tamar Estuary Management Taskforce

Victor P Taffa

Hodgman Government is committed to fixing Tasmania’s failing water and sewerage infrastructure to improve our waterways, Premier Hodgman said.

“As part of the City Deal we negotiated with local government and the Federal Government, we have established the Tamar Estuary Management Taskforce (TEMT) with the charter of developing as its first priority the most effective solution to the problem of raw sewerage flowing into the Tamar during high rainfall events.”

This is a situation that Tasmanians should no longer accept. Premier Hodgman said.

“Today, I am pleased to announce the membership of the taskforce, which will be chaired by Infrastructure Tasmania chief executive officer Alan Garcia.”

Joining Mr. Garcia will be:

  • General Manager, Launceston City Council
  • Councillor Leisa Gordon, Northern Midlands Council
  • Mayor Bridget Archer, George Town Council
  • Mayor Christine Holmdahl, West Tamar Council
  • Mayor Craig Perkins, Meander Valley Council
  • Andrew Fullard, General Manager, Launceston Flood Authority
  • Rosanna Coombes, CEO NRM North
  • Rolph Vos, General Manager West Tamar Council (Representing TEER)
  • Martin Read, Deputy Secretary, Environment Protection Authority (DPIPWE)

Experience and skills that these people will bring to the taskforce will help to drive a new, cleaner future for the Tamar.

Key tasks of the TEMT are to:

  • Advise on how best to mitigate the effect of Launceston’s combined sewerage and storm water systems;
  • Recommend priority investments and actions;
  • Propose future ongoing governance arrangements for the estuary.

TEMT’s recommendations will become part of the River Health Action Plan, which will be completed by the end of this calendar year.

Plan will contain actions based on science and engineering solutions to improve the health of the Tamar Estuary, which has been neglected for years.

“Hodgman Government is committed to improving Tasmania’s water and sewerage infrastructure, and our plan for TasWater will deliver upgrades sooner while keeping bills low.” Premier Hodgman said.