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Media Release
Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP

14 May 2002

$3M to Improve Tas Coastal Sewerage Systems


The Commonwealth will provide up to $1 million per annum over three years to develop environmentally sustainable sewerage systems for the Boat Harbour Beach and Sisters Beach communities in Tasmania.

Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, said the funding, commencing in the 2002-03 Budget, would cover 50 per cent of the project costs.

"The current disposal systems are based on individual septic tanks, with no town infrastructure to collect and treat wastewater," Dr Kemp said.

"This has led to contamination of beaches and streams, and has constrained the development of Boat Harbour Beach and Sisters Beach settlements in north-western Tasmania.

"These settlements are the holiday venues for thousands of Tasmanian and interstate families each year. The existing sewerage schemes have prevented these settlements from reaching their full potential as residential and holiday venues."

The Commonwealth will be working with the Waratah Wynyard Council and the State Government's Department of Primary Industry Water & Environment (DPIWE) through its Development Proposal & Environmental Management Plan process, to substantially improve the sewerage infrastructure of both settlements.

Environment Australia will be working with the Council and DPIWE to ensure technical, environmental and heritage issues are satisfactorily addressed and appropriate sewage management regimes are in place.

Media contact:
Catherine Job (02) 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400

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