Council works closely with the State Government to ensure the river systems surrounding greater Launceston are effectively managed.
Council and the State Government commissioned consultants GHD to carry out a report on the rivers and siltation issues.
As part of this process, the GHD undertook extensive community consultation to gauge residents' visions, aspirations and suggested mitigation measures. We have now received the GHD Sediment Evaluation Study Report. This report provides a number of meaningful options any of which could be implemented depending upon available resources.
Council has given the matter of sedimentation management a great deal of consideration, especially since receiving the report.
Whilst we understand many people are concerned about the amount of silt deposited in the Upper Tamar area, Council has questioned whether it is the appropriate organisation to be funding a dredging program.
The State Government owns the rivers and the sources of sedimentation are substantially outside of the Launceston municipality. Additionallly, only around 10 percent of the overall catchment is located within our municipality.
Given these facts, Council has determined it will not be taking responsibility for managing the sedimentation from 1 July 2010. Until then, the current dredging program will continue.
Council has handed the GHD Sediment Evaluation Study Report to the State Government for it to determine the most appropriate action.
Click here to view the GHD Sediment Evaluation Study Report - volume 1 (PDF 10.7 MB)
Click here to view the GHD Sediment Evaluation Study Report - volume 2 (PDF 5.14 MB)
Click here to view GHD's presentation of the Sediment Evaluation Study Report (PDF 13.4 MB)
Click here to view GHD's briefing notes on the Sediment Evaluation Study Report (PDF 10.8 KB)
Click here to view the Report for Upper Tamar River Siltation Study - Preliminary Options Analysis (PDF 286 KB)
Click here to view the Report for Tamar Siltation Project - Stakeholder Engagement Outcomes Paper (PDF 564 KB)
Launceston Flood Authority
The purpose of the Launceston Flood Authority is to perform all tasks necessary for construction and maintenance of flood levees, to take all necessary measures to address the flood risk to the suburb of Invermay, principally by providing a 1-in-200 year level of protection, and to manage a river dredging program.
Launceston Flood Authority Annual Report 2008/2009 (PDF 171 KB)
Members of the Launceston Flood Authority (PDF 87.7 KB)
Tamar Resource Management
Tamar Natural Resource Management Strategy Reference Group Inc (Tamar NRM) is an independent non-profit natural resource management organisation formed in 1998 and based in northern Tasmania. It encompasses a wide range of community, landcare, education, business, local and state government representatives.
Marine and Safety Tasmania
Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) is a statutory authority that was established to assist in the safe operation of recreational and small commercial boats in Tasmania.