The Hodgman Liberal Government has been working constructively with the Launceston Flood Authority and Hydro Tasmania to explore ways to reduce siltation in Launceston’s iconic Tamar River.

I am pleased to announce that next week a trial will begin that will combine a controlled release of water from the Trevallyn Dam, silt raking and strong tide events.

There are no silver bullets when it comes to tackling siltation in the Tamar, but we believe this test will provide valuable information on different methods to manage the siltation issue.

In addition to that, this one off trial will create spin offs through a boost in visitors to the Cataract Gorge.

Less silt in the Tamar will also be good for tourism.

I’d like to thank Hydro Tasmania and the Launceston Flood Authority for their cooperation on this issue.
Peter Gutwein, Treasurer