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Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
21 November 2005
The Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, today welcomed the completion of a $3 million upgrade to wastewater treatment facilities at Sisters Beach and Boat Harbour Beach, on Tasmania's north coast.
These projects were funded as part of the 2001 Australian Government ‘A Stronger Tasmania' election package, which included a pledge to protect Tasmania's beautiful coastline.
"The upgrade involved new wastewater treatment facilities and supporting infrastructure," Senator Campbell said.
"This is a change for the better, and residents and tourists alike can now enjoy healthier beaches.
"The new facilities demonstrate the Australian Government's commitment to local projects that not only benefit Tasmania's environment, but also protect human health and create opportunities for industry."
The Sisters Beach and Boat Harbour Beach projects are complemented by Australian Government investment under the Natural Heritage Trust and National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality. The Government has invested $6.29 million in northern Tasmania, and among other projects will develop sustainable farming systems, a salinity management plan for the Greater Launceston Area and improved environmental management of wetlands and coastal areas.
The Australian Government also funds a range of programmes that support sustainable coastal development, nationally and in Tasmania. These include the Coastal Catchments Initiative to address heavy metal contamination in the Derwent River estuary and work being done under the Coastcare Programme.
"Looking after our coasts and coastal communities and our human and natural heritage, is important work," Senator Campbell said.
"We need to work together to ensure these sometimes fragile environments are protected now and for future generations."
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