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The lack of public toilets causing a fishy smell

SFFP Tasmania calls on the Hodgman led State Government to honour its commitment to provide basic toilet facilities in our highly visited angling sites.

The lack of action is an embarrassment to our tourism image.

The lack of basic facilities such as toilet and dump stations for tourist and fishers in the Central Highlands is continuing to impact on our Highlands environment and waterways.

There is no question that visitor numbers to this State are increasing and our fresh water fisheries are a strong attraction. They Provide our rural and regional business and communities a much-needed economic boost.

The areas such as the Central Highlands rely heavily on anglers and sightseeing tourists to provide economic viability to carry them through the winter months.

On Friday 7 December 28 boat trailers were at the main boat ramp at Penstock Lagoon, the following day 34 were counted at Woods Lake.  Most of these had multiple occupants.  One angler reported seeing a female angler relieving herself over the gunwales of a dingy into Penstock Lagoon, toilet paper litter the shorelines of both these and many other freshwater lakes.

Frequent sighting of anglers walking into the nearby bush areas for toileting purposes are commonplace. Both these sites are destined to be used for the World Fly-fishing Championship next year.

Other residents report seeing caravans emptying black and grey water in areas adjacent to Brady’s Lake and on the Marlborough and Lake Hwy.

SFFP urgently requests the government to provide a temporary solution. This could be achieved by contracting a Portable Toilet facility over this summer period in these highly visited sites.  These is simply no excuse for this escalating problem to continue unabated.

Ken Orr
Acting Chair,
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party. Tas.

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  1. Frank Strie - Terra Preta Developments

    December 20, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    Ok then, it may now be the right time to tackle these rather fundamental, hygiene issues with the long lasting carbon-sponge Biochar / Filtrationchar:

    http://www.ithaka-institut.org/en/bangladesh

    If correctly prepared and applied, organic fertilisers are not only more environmentally friendly, but they can be dosed much easier and they can be prepared almost for free at the household level.

    Urine is known to be an excellent fertiliser with at least the same efficiency as commercial mineral nitrogen and potassium (NK) fertiliser but is under-used because of the odour nuisance and associated socio-cultural barriers. The recycling of human urine of a 7-person household can yield around 10 kg of nitrogen and 10 kg of potassium per year, corresponding to 2 sacks of mineral NK fertilizer.

    The Ithaka Institute developed an innovative sustainable low-tech method to improve soil fertility by combining liquid organic nutrients (human or animal urine) and biomass (transformed into biochar) on a farm or household scale. Biochar is a very light and porous material that can soak up urine more than three times its own weight, and allows hygienic and odourless recovery of urine transforming it into a solid fertiliser rich in N, K and micro-nutrients. This granular urine-biochar fertiliser can be applied directly to garden plants without the toxicity of concentrated urine. It reduces the leaching of nutrients while increasing soil organic matter content, biological activity and water-holding capacity through the micro-porous and highly adsorptive properties of the biochar. The biochar can be produced from crop and wood wastes, invasive shrubs and other biomass leftovers.

    A little hint question: Have we got some gorse growing in Tasmania?

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