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The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Michelle O’Byrne, today officially opened the new Cradle Valley Centralised Sewage Treatment Plant at Cradle Mountain.

Ms O’Byrne said the system was a milestone in improved environmental protection for one of Tasmania’s key tourist destinations.
“The completion of the new $16 million centralised sewage treatment system at Cradle Mountain will provide significant environmental and socio-economic benefits to the Cradle Mountain area.
“The objective was to remove sewage from the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and treat it at a centralised location to a tertiary level.
“This new plant replaces two outdated ones and is located outside of the World Heritage Area.
“The design also incorporates a treated effluent re-use scheme for non-potable water use.
“This feature will enable users to greatly reduce water consumption, a significant innovation that will set an example for environmental management in Tasmania.”
Ms O’Byrne said it was crucial that such an iconic area of Tasmania had infrastructure capable of handling not only current demands, but significant growth into the future.
“This facility will also enable further commercial development in this iconic tourist destination as it has been designed for a 25-year projection which allows for expected visitor growth during that time.”
The State Government has invested more than $15 million in this sewage scheme to protect the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and ensure the Cradle Mountain area has the capacity to continue growing.
The project began in 2004 and was a cooperative venture with the Kentish Council, with the Australian Government contributing $500,000.
Cradle Mountain Water will take on responsibility for the plant at the end of the commissioning period.