Tasmanian Conservation Trust Inc.

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St Pauls River, near the site of the proposed Meadstone Dam.
St Pauls River, near the site of the proposed Meadstone Dam.
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Many of Tasmania’s rivers, wetlands and riparian vegetation communities are under increasing threat and the existing reserve system and off-reserve management programs are inadequate to protect them. Major threats include climate change and degradation resulting from forestry and agriculture. The State Government’s ‘Drought-proofing Tasmania’ Program (a series of 12 major irrigation dams and water pipelines) has the potential to further degrade rivers already under great stress.

The TCT’s main concerns regarding water management are

  • the environmental impacts of the State Government’s proposed ‘Drought-proofing Tasmania’ projects
  • ensuring statutory Water Management Plans are developed in all priority catchments (starting with those where major irrigation projects are proposed)
  • re-instating normal assessment and approval processes in relation to dams and other water development projects.

The TCT believes some of the State Government’s irrigation projects could be acceptable with significant alterations, but proposals such as the Meadstone Dam on the St Pauls River, and other in-stream dams proposed for rivers in the far north-east of Tasmania, are unacceptable and will be opposed.

Details of the TCT’s position in relation to the ‘Drought-proofing Tasmania projects’ can be found in the 'TCT submission on the 2010-2011 State Budget'. Also see TCT submissions and media releases on specific Drought-proofing Tasmania projects and draft water management plans.

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Swamp Gum and South Esk pine vegetation beside the Apsley River in Bush Heritage Australia's South Esk Pine Reserve. Photo: Wayne Lawler/ECOPIX, courtesy Bush Heritage Australia

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Photo at top of this column of South Esk pine on the banks of the Apsley River in the Bush Heritage reserve by Wayne Lawler Ecopix courtesy Bush Heritage Australia