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Environmental Pollution

As a community, there are a number of environmental pollution issues that can cause concern.

These sometimes involve noise associated with music, motor vehicles, machinery and lawnmowers. This noise pollution can seriously disrupt people's lives, causing loss of sleep, interference to activities as well as emotional stress.
The City of Launceston is also concerned with air pollution and invests extensively in improving the city's air quality. The Launceston Woodheater Replacement Program significantly reduced the amount of air pollution caused by woodheater smoke within the city.
Stormwater pollution is a major threat to the health of our waterways. The Council is constantly monitoring and undertaking improvements in this area.
Water management can only be efficient in terms of satisfying human needs and respecting environmental limitations if it is integrated with the management of other resources and all human activity.

Noise Pollution
Excessive noise is pollution and can really upset your neighbours, so please be considerate. The Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Noise) Regulations 2016 specify the hours you can use noisy equipment.
Lawn Mowers Operating Times:
Monday to Friday: 7.00am until 8.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am until 8.00pm
Sunday, Good Friday and Christmas Day: 10.00am until 8.00pm
General Equipment Operating Times:
General equipment covers power tools (excluding percussion tools), mixers and their drives, pumps and their drives, gas or air compressors, generators.
Monday to Friday: 7.00am until 6.00pm
Saturday: 8.00am until 6.00pm
Sunday, Good Friday and Christmas Day: 10.00am until 6.00pm
What you need to know about Noise Pollution (PDF 2.9MB)
Guidelines for the Installation of Heat Pumps to Prevent Noise Nuisances  (PDF 45.5KB)
For more information please call 03 6323 3000.
If you are having trouble late at night with noise please call Tasmania Police on 03 6336 3701.

Air Quality
Launceston and the Tamar Valley have very good air quality for much of the year, providing a much healthier environment than many of the larger cities in Australia. 
The topography of the valley makes the city and its surrounds visually attractive and provides residents with magnificent views from thousands of vantage points. However, this topography, when combined with calm winter days and extensive use of wood for heating, is the cause of poor air quality in winter.
The prevailing meteorology creates extended periods of cold calm conditions over much of the valley in winter and autumn.
View more information from the Bureau of Meteorology on the climate of Launceston.
Research has shown that approximately 73 per cent of air pollution in Launceston and the surrounding towns in winter is due to domestic woodheaters and open fires. Estimates are that woodheaters are responsible for the release of over 1200 tonnes of particle pollution into the air above Launceston every autumn and winter.
The number of woodheaters has been reduced to 8500 in the past five years due to the increased uptake of electric heating, including heat pumps and the Launceston Woodheater Replacement Program, which ended in 2013. It is anticipated that more people will change to natural gas as it becomes available. New building codes have mandated insulation requirements for all new homes to reduce the need for home heating.
You can help keep Launceston's air clean by correctly operating your woodheater.
Here are some things to remember:
  • Burn dry wood only;
  • Maintain a hot fire;
  • Keep fuel loads small and loosely packed;
  • Maximise the air intake when you start your fire; and
  • Let your fire burn for about half an hour before you damp it down.
For more information please call 03 6323 3000.