The Federal and Tasmanian Governments are partnering to deliver a $18 million Shellfish Lease Water Quality Improvement Program, upgrading 84 sewerage pump stations across the state.
Tasmania Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries and Senator for Tasmania, Jonno Duniam, said the funding would upgrade TasWater infrastructure, automation, monitoring and control systems for pump stations, close to the shellfish lease areas, across the state.
The project is made possible through the Federal Government’s National Water Grid Fund, with four projects in Tasmania receiving a grant of $5 million each, including the Shellfish Lease Water Quality Improvement Program.
Tasmanian Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Guy Barnett, said the upgrades will improve TasWater’s facilities while reducing spills and protecting the local oyster farms, the community and jobs in regional Tasmania.
“Tasmania’s $30 million shellfish industry is spread across more than 100 shellfish farms, providing around 300 jobs, however, a key threat to the industry is sewage spills from TasWater facilities due to rain events or asset failure which can close leases for 21 days.’’
The Federal and Tasmanian Governments state that these upgrades are vital and will provide national-standard infrastructure for future generations.
“Tasmania produces some of the best shellfish in the world, and it is important that we continue to protect local oyster farms and the community from spills,” Mr Duniam said.
“This project will improve TasWater’s facilities in order to reduce spills, delivering better outcomes for both producers and the environment.
“This is a great example of the Commonwealth and Tasmanian Governments working together to deliver for our shellfish operators, and I look forward to working with the Tasmanian Government further in this area.”
The National Water Grid Fund has supported $52.1 million in new and upgraded infrastructure in Tasmania, which will create 53 jobs during construction and 70 ongoing jobs.