A solution to Freycinet Peninsula's wastewater issues
- 14 Feb, 2020
Roger Jaensch, Minister for Environment and Parks
The Freycinet Peninsula is one of Tasmania's premier tourism hotspots and the Liberal majority Government is delivering its commitment to find a long-term solution to address wastewater and critical infrastructure issues.
A Freycinet Peninsula Master Plan released in mid-2019 identified improved wastewater management as a key objective, which is why the Government invested $365,000 in a TasWater investigation of the best options.
Today we can announce that we are immediately committing $8.4 million to fund Stage 1 of the Sewerage Treatment Plant upgrade which is planned to be completed by December this year and Stage 2, a pipeline from the Wineglass Bay Trailhead to the treatment plant, scheduled to be completed in 2021.
This will address immediate issues over a 1-5 year timeframe. Further planning and engineering assessment will be undertaken on the longer term options identified in the TasWater report.
The Freycinet Peninsula Wastewater Feasibility Study will also be released in full to allow members of the community to get a detailed understanding of the testing undertaken and the range of options available to address Freycinet Peninsula’s wastewater treatment needs into the future.
The Freycinet Peninsula is a world class destination which attracts around 300,000 visitors a year, and it is important to all Tasmanians that its natural beauty, social values and cultural significance are protected.
The Tasmanian Government’s investments announced today complement a $7.2 million commitment from the Australian Government towards a new Visitor Gateway, improved parking, an Aboriginal education program, a new Wineglass Bay lookout and a foreshore walkway.
To view the report, please visit the Parks and Wildlife Service website, www.parks.tas.gov.au