A NEW community group has been set up to campaign for a sewerage tertiary treatment plant on the Tamar estuary.
The group was formed from a meeting at Gravelly Beach last week organised by long-time campaigner for a healthy Tamar estuary Barry Blenkhorn.
``About 30 people attended to formulate a strategy in the lead up to the federal election on how we might get funding for a tertiary treatment plant,'' Mr Blenkhorn said.
``People agreed that there have been enough reports - the technical stuff has all been done.
``The flushing has been done, the planning has been done - we just all need to work together to get a tertiary treatment plant for the Tamar Valley.''
The group has organised a second community meeting for Tuesday night.
It will be held this time at Launceston's Tailrace Centre, Riverside, so that it's accessible to a larger number of people, Mr Blenkhorn said.
``If you live between Ross and Greens Beach or between Deloraine and St Marys this concerns you because it's to do with the Tamar and all the rivers that feed into it,'' he said.
Former Local Government Association president and Flinders Island mayor Lynn Mason will chair the meeting.
The new group and its planned campaign come after further public debate about the need to clean up the Tamar estuary.
The Launceston City Council decided at its meeting this week to seek an urgent meeting with TasWater, the state government and federal Bass candidates to discuss funding for a tertiary treatment plant to stop partially treated sewage flowing into the estuary.
Tertiary treatment was first mooted by the council's former waste water treatment chemist manager Bill Piesse in 1989 when the new sewage treatment plant at Ti-Tree Bend was commissioned.