The Tamar Estuary Management Taskforce (TEMT) was established in April 2017 under the Launceston City Deal with an aim of identifying investments to improve the health of the Tamar Estuary. As part of this work, the Taskforce was charged with delivering a River Health Action Plan by the end of 2017 to:
- Recommend priority government investments and policy actions;
- include preferred options for mitigating the effect on the Tamar Estuary of the combined sewerage and stormwater system on the Tamar Estuary;
- enable long-term oversight of the health of the Tamar Estuary and its catchments;
- identify measurable targets and accountability for meeting them over the life of the City Deal and the longer term;
- build on the work of the Tamar Estuary and Esk Rivers (TEER) Partnership led by NRM North, including the 2015 Water Quality Improvement Plan; and
- deliver annual reports to the Launceston City Deal Executive Board on progress towards targets
The Tasmanian and Australian Governments have jointly committed to funding the recommendations from the River Health Action Plan. A total investment of $95 million will be split in a 50:50 funding arrangement with work to be undertaken over a period of five years from 2019.
In 2018 the Taskforce will continue to explore governance options for the Tamar and identify the most appropriate model to deliver effective governance and planning and long-term oversight for the health of the Tamar Estuary and its catchments. The Taskforce will also explore options that may be taken to improve amenity values associated with sedimentation.
More information can be found on Department of State Growth website by clicking here
To download the Tamar Estuary Management Taskforce - Tamar Facts click here
To download the TEMT Fact Sheet click here