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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

1 July 2005

$3 million for Tamar River bank and access track

A significant investment to stabilise the North Esk River Edge will improve river health, boost flood protection, increase recreational opportunities, and improve access to the river's edge, by replacing a section of 100-year-old rotting piles.

The $3 million investment over the next four years, announced today by Australian Government Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, will fund the Tamar River Piling and Town Point Levee Stabilisation projects.

Senator Campbell said the funding was critical to prevent further stream bank erosion and the numerous flow-on problems it causes.

"Stream bank instability can have various adverse effects including damaging intertidal vegetation, and increasing siltation and turbidity. Downstream, this can mean poor water quality for fish and other native animals that call the Tamar River home, as well as for the people who enjoy the recreational benefits the river has to offer," Senator Campbell said.

In addition to the environmental and recreational benefits of the project, the project will also address safety concerns.

"The project will see a section of the river's edge stabilised by replacing old rotting timber piles and improving the adjoining flood levee. This will both alleviate erosion and allow the waterway area to be increased, which will in turn improve river navigation and help to reduce flood levels in the North Esk," Senator Campbell said.

"An improved river edge could also initiate a land-use review for enhanced recreational activities.

"A revitalised riverfront means opportunities for wildlife and vegetation to recover, which in turn makes the riverfront more attractive in terms of recreational and environmental values."

Senator Campbell congratulated the Launceston City Council for their work in the planning process.

"The council has done an excellent job of laying the groundwork for this important project and should be congratulated for their detailed planning efforts," Senator Campbell said.

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