A $3 million clean-up of the Tamar estuary will begin next July, Bass Liberal MHR Andrew Nikolic announced yesterday.
The Tamar River Recovery Plan has been developed with the Launceston City Council and Launceston Flood Authority, with the federal government to find short and long-term solutions for the estuary's environmental issues.
Mr Nikolic and Environment Minister Greg Hunt announced money for the plan during the September election campaign with a goal to reduce river siltation, prevent sewage from entering the river and to undertake scoping works on the city's ageing sewerage infrastructure.
The first $1 million will be received next July for work over 2014-15, and a further $1 million will be received each year for 2015-16 and 2016-17.
The council will undertake a siltation management review with its funding allocation and work with NRM North on its river catchments studies.
The flood authority will continue its sediment raking program and trace its removal.
It will develop a 20-year plan to achieve river health improvements and reduce sediment levels.
``This commitment not only improves our environment through a cleaner Tamar, but provides the local economy a much-needed boost by enhancing the tourism and economic values of our river,'' Mr Nikolic said.