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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment

Funding Flows for Tasmanian Water Quality


EMBARGO FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19
(130/96)

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill has announced that the Federal Government's $8.75 million Tasmanian water quality package will be jointly managed with the Tasmanian Government.

The package will provide $8.75 million over three years to enhance the water quality in Tasmania's key waterways. The package will have major benefits for Tasmania's fishing, recreation and tourism industries.

Senator Hill and Tasmanian Minister for the Environment Peter Hodgman MHA have agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Hobart today.

Senator Hill says the package of remediation projects is designed to improve and protect the unique environment of Tasmania.

"We are proposing practical solutions to first reduce and then overcome past pollution to enhance the environment of the Derwent, Tamar and Huon regions and the environments affected by mining at Mount Lyell.

"On the west coast, nearly $5 million has been allocated to reduce copper-rich acid drainage from mine tailings into the King River and Macquarie Harbour.

"The final report of the Mount Lyell Remediation Research and Development Program will identify specific projects to redress the environmental damage caused by 100 years of mining in the Mount Lyell area."

Projects in the Derwent, Tamar and Huon Valley regions will include remedial work on contamination from the abandoned mines, sewage and stormwater flows.

Senator Hill says the program will build on community enthusiasm.

"Local authorities and stakeholders will be actively involved in proposing and developing action plans.

"Removing sources of pollution will provide the foundation for restoring the unparalleled environmental qualities of these regions and their fishing, recreational and tourism potential."

Further details : Matt Brown (Minister) (06) 2777640 or 0419 693 515
Jim Cannon (Dept) (06) 274 1076

Commonwealth of Australia