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The Tasmanian Government has funded upgrades to critical wastewater infrastructure at Maria Island, future-proofing it against the anticipated increase in visitors.

The $1 million project will connect the existing wastewater treatment facility through a new transfer system, improving environmental outcomes for the island.

The upgrades will begin in July 2020, and are expected to be completed in time for the busy 2020-21 summer period, pandemic restrictions permitting.

Local Tasmanian company, AJR Construct, will build the wastewater transfer system, supporting local jobs and the economy when it’s needed the most in the state’s recovery from COVID-19.

The work follows the completion of another amenities project with upgraded toilet facilities at the Encampment Cove and French’s Farm campsites, located about 10km outside the World Heritage Darlington Precinct.

Construction of the wastewater transfer system is expected to take about eight weeks to complete.

Minister for Environment and Parks, Roger Jaensch, said, “Delivering this important infrastructure project will ensure this iconic, much-loved destination remains an amazing natural and cultural asset for generations to come.”

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