TasWater’s New Sewer Pipeline project is well underway, with the project progressing to its next stage, including a colourful facelift for the construction site.

TasWater said that Launceston residents can expect to see some bright new artwork and an increase in activity around Kings Park as  the next stage of the city’s New Sewer Pipeline project begins.

The project is an important part of the Tamar Estuary River Health Action Plan (TERHAP), which is an initiative of the Tamar Estuary Management Taskforce (TEMT) and the Launceston City Deal to improve the health of kanamaluka/Tamar estuary.

TERHAP Combined System Improvements Project Director, Andrew Truscott, said this stage was an important, albeit noisy, step in the project.

“The drill rig has arrived on site and locals can expect intermittent hammering noise during the day between now and May 2024.” 

Mr Truscott said the double-stacked shipping containers surrounding the construction site will provide important and effective noise barriers during the works.

“The barrier has provided a great opportunity to celebrate the city, so we’ve engaged a local artist to produce a series of Launceston-inspired murals to cover the drab containers.”

Local artist Ben Miller produced the artwork, saying the city provided plenty of inspiration. 

“The inspiration behind the mural was largely from key landmarks and experiences on and around the Tamar River,” Mr Miller said.

“An initial brainstorm, followed by collaboration led to the shortlist of images. These elements map some of the significant locations along the Tamar from catchment to mouth.”

Mr Truscott said the New Sewer Pipeline project was one of the largest of its type in Australia and was progressing on target.

“This is a truly transformative pipeline project and is unique in many ways.

“Last month we successfully pulled through a 650-metre-long section of the 900mm diameter poly pipe at a depth of 40 metres under the riverbed from our Ti Tree Bend site to Valley Street, Trevallyn.”

Mr Truscott said the kanamaluka/Tamar estuary is a special landscape that connects the community. 

“We appreciate its importance to the Launceston and wider community, which is why we are making investments today to ensure its health for future generations.”

TERHAP is jointly funded by the Australian and Tasmanian governments, the City of Launceston and TasWater.

TasWater is investing $1.5 billion in its network over the next five years to ensure it can continue to deliver exceptional water and sewerage services for a thriving Tasmania.

Featured image: Colourful artwork by Launceston artist, Ben Miller, decorates the perimeter of TasWater’s New Sewer Pipeline project construction site. Image credit: TasWater.

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