Launceston’s combined sewerage system dates back to the 1860s. It is clearly insufficient to meet the needs of the growing Launceston community.
Just 33 per cent of wastewater plants met their environmental license in 2015.
Without a modern standard tertiary treatment plant, water quality will not improve, the environment will continue to be degraded and the health and safety of Launceston residents will continue to suffer.
Before the last election, TasWater guaranteed $400 million over ten years to a $1.8 billion upgrade of Tasmania’s water infrastructure, with the project contingent on external funding.
I am proud that I was able to seek a commitment from Federal Labor to provide $75 million for the extensive works required to consolidate an upgrade to Launceston’s water infrastructure.
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