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River Management

The Launceston City Council works closely with the State Government to ensure the river systems surrounding greater Launceston are effectively managed.

With Launceston nestled between three substantial river systems, we have come to recognise the vital importance of long-term, sustainable care.

The Council and the State Government commissioned consultants GHD to carry out a report on the rivers and siltation issues.

As part of this process, the GHD undertook extensive community consultation to gauge residents' visions, aspirations and suggested mitigation measures. We have now received the GHD Sediment Evaluation Study Report. This report provides a number of meaningful options any of which could be implemented depending upon available resources.

The Council has given the matter of sedimentation management a great deal of consideration, especially since receiving the report.

Whilst we understand many people are concerned about the amount of silt deposited in the Upper Tamar area, the Council has questioned whether it is the appropriate organisation to be funding a dredging program.

The State Government owns the rivers and the sources of sedimentation are substantially outside of the Launceston municipality. Additionallly, only around 10 percent of the overall catchment is located within our municipality.

Given these facts, the Council has determined it will not be taking responsibility for managing the sedimentation from 1 July 2010. Until then, the current dredging program will continue.

The Council has handed the GHD Sediment Evaluation Study Report to the State Government for it to determine the most appropriate action.

Click here to view the GHD Sediment Evaluation Study Report - volume 1 (PDF 10.7MB)
Click here to view the GHD Sediment Evaluation Study Report - volume 2 (PDF 5.14MB)
Click here to view GHD's presentation of the Sediment Evaluation Study Report (PDF 13.4MB)
Click here to view GHD's briefing notes on the Sediment Evaluation Study Report (PDF 10.8KB)
Click here to view the Report for Upper Tamar River Siltation Study - Preliminary Options Analysis (PDF 286KB)
Click here to view the Report for Tamar Siltation Project - Stakeholder Engagement Outcomes Paper (PDF 564KB)

Launceston Flood Authority

The purpose of the Launceston Flood Authority is to perform all tasks necessary for construction and maintenance of flood levees, to take all necessary measures to address the flood risk to the suburb of Invermay, principally by providing a 1-in-200 year level of protection, and to manage a river dredging program.

The functions and powers of the Authority are set out in full in the Launceston Flood Authority Rules.
Launceston Flood Authority Rules (PDF 710 KB)
Launceston Flood Authority Annual Report 2012/13 (PDF 3.6MB)
Members of the Launceston Flood Authority (PDF 87.7 KB)

Tamar Resource Management
Tamar Natural Resource Management Strategy Reference Group Inc (Tamar NRM) is an independent non-profit natural resource management organisation formed in 1998 and based in northern Tasmania. It encompasses a wide range of community, landcare, education, business, local and state government representatives.

Tamar NRM has built upon a strong history of land care and grass roots involvement in environmental and agricultural issues in the Launceston, West Tamar and George Town municipalities.
Direct support by the three Councils and involvement in activities has enabled Tamar NRM to work closely with the local community for almost a decade.
Since 2000, Tamar NRM has successfully delivered financial support of nearly $6 million through on-ground projects in the region. This has lead to recognised results and even received the 2003 Tasmanian Sensis Landcare Catchment Award.
Find out more from the Tamar NRM website.

Marine and Safety Tasmania
Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) is a statutory authority that was established to assist in the safe operation of recreational and small commercial boats in Tasmania.
MAST provides information on boating facilities, regulations, moorings, marine facilities, tidal information and notices to mariners.
For more information, visit the MAST website.