Freycinet Peninsula Wastewater Feasibility Study

Coles Bay facing the Hazards

Updated May 2019

Please REGISTER for updates and SIGN IN to ask questions – or just give us a call. TasWater will continue to update this page as the study progresses.

While residents of Coles Bay receive drinking water from TasWater, the existing sewerage services are managed by the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service, the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council, or by individual property owners. During the drafting of the Freycinet Peninsula Masterplan, sewerage management was identified as an issue for the area. The Tasmanian Government has funded TasWater to investigate potential options for improvement.

The Freycinet Peninsula Wastewater Feasibility

Updated May 2019

Please REGISTER for updates and SIGN IN to ask questions – or just give us a call. TasWater will continue to update this page as the study progresses.

While residents of Coles Bay receive drinking water from TasWater, the existing sewerage services are managed by the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service, the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council, or by individual property owners. During the drafting of the Freycinet Peninsula Masterplan, sewerage management was identified as an issue for the area. The Tasmanian Government has funded TasWater to investigate potential options for improvement.

The Freycinet Peninsula Wastewater Feasibility Study covers the following areas:

  • the Wineglass Bay trail-head septic system
  • the wastewater treatment plant at Rangers Creek
  • the environment around Fisheries, Coles Bay and Swanwick.

Once TasWater has developed some initial options, we will present these to the community. The completed Feasibility Study will be given to State Government in September 2019.

This Feasibility Study will not create a plan, detailed design or provide funding to install a sewerage system in Coles Bay. That will be the subject of further discussion between TasWater and the State Government. We understand that residents may have immediate concerns about sewage issues. TasWater shares these concerns, but it takes time to properly analyse problems and develop appropriate solutions. Sewerage construction is expensive, disruptive and time consuming and it is worth taking the time up front to get things right.

  • Download the new Freycinet Sewage FAQ and come chat this week

    1 day ago

    As our Feasibility Study progresses, TasWater is looking forward to publicly presenting a high level overview of potential sewage management changes for the area. Your feedback will inform TasWater’s final report to the Tasmanian Government. But for now, our work is still ongoing.

    Meanwhile, we have been asked many questions about our approach, our schedule and what new sewage management could possibly mean for property owners. We’ve compiled these into a Frequently Asked Questions flyer that now available to download.

    Remember, TasWater has a series of drop-in information sessions in Freycinet this week, to answer questions and listen to your concerns. You can read the FAQ then chat one-on-one with Community Engagement Officer Trent Swindells. These are not public meetings, there is no need to book and there is no such thing as a stupid question!

    Iluka Tavern, Coles Bay
    Thursday 23 May, 4pm – 7.30pm

    Freycinet Golf Club, Swanwick
    Friday 24 May, 4pm – 7.30pm

    Coles Bay Community Hall
    Saturday 25 May, 10am – 3pm

    Please help spread the word about these information sessions by sharing this Facebook post.

    Look forward to seeing you soon.

    As our Feasibility Study progresses, TasWater is looking forward to publicly presenting a high level overview of potential sewage management changes for the area. Your feedback will inform TasWater’s final report to the Tasmanian Government. But for now, our work is still ongoing.

    Meanwhile, we have been asked many questions about our approach, our schedule and what new sewage management could possibly mean for property owners. We’ve compiled these into a Frequently Asked Questions flyer that now available to download.

    Remember, TasWater has a series of drop-in information sessions in Freycinet this week, to answer questions and listen to your concerns. You can read the FAQ then chat one-on-one with Community Engagement Officer Trent Swindells. These are not public meetings, there is no need to book and there is no such thing as a stupid question!

    Iluka Tavern, Coles Bay
    Thursday 23 May, 4pm – 7.30pm

    Freycinet Golf Club, Swanwick
    Friday 24 May, 4pm – 7.30pm

    Coles Bay Community Hall
    Saturday 25 May, 10am – 3pm

    Please help spread the word about these information sessions by sharing this Facebook post.

    Look forward to seeing you soon.
  • Come visit a TasWater information booth in Freycinet

    20 days ago

    If you have questions for TasWater about the Freycinet Wastewater Feasibility Study, drop in to one of our upcoming information booths.

    Iluka Tavern, Coles Bay
    Thursday 23 May, 4pm – 7.30pm

    Freycinet Golf Club, Swanwick
    Friday 24 May, 4pm – 7.30pm

    Coles Bay Community Hall
    Saturday 25 May, 10am – 3pm

    These are not public meetings. There is no need to book. Just come along at your convenience for a casual one-on-one chat and have your questions answered.

    Please feel free to share this information with others who may be interested. And don't forget that you can ask us a question right here on this website.


    If you have questions for TasWater about the Freycinet Wastewater Feasibility Study, drop in to one of our upcoming information booths.

    Iluka Tavern, Coles Bay
    Thursday 23 May, 4pm – 7.30pm

    Freycinet Golf Club, Swanwick
    Friday 24 May, 4pm – 7.30pm

    Coles Bay Community Hall
    Saturday 25 May, 10am – 3pm

    These are not public meetings. There is no need to book. Just come along at your convenience for a casual one-on-one chat and have your questions answered.

    Please feel free to share this information with others who may be interested. And don't forget that you can ask us a question right here on this website.


  • TasWater in Coles Bay Sunday, 24 March

    2 months ago

    Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Services has invited TasWater to join them at a public information session.

    • Sunday, 24 March 2019
    • 11:00am – 1:00pm
    • Coles Bay Community Hall.

    This meeting will discuss Parks and Wildlife’s updated Draft Freycinet Peninsula Master Plan, but TasWater will also make a short presentation on the Freycinet Peninsula Wastewater Feasibility Study and answer your questions.

    Attending the meeting will be:

    • Community Engagement Officer Trent Swindells
    • Senior Engineer Asset Strategy Bryony Elson.
    Look forward to seeing you there.

    Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Services has invited TasWater to join them at a public information session.

    • Sunday, 24 March 2019
    • 11:00am – 1:00pm
    • Coles Bay Community Hall.

    This meeting will discuss Parks and Wildlife’s updated Draft Freycinet Peninsula Master Plan, but TasWater will also make a short presentation on the Freycinet Peninsula Wastewater Feasibility Study and answer your questions.

    Attending the meeting will be:

    • Community Engagement Officer Trent Swindells
    • Senior Engineer Asset Strategy Bryony Elson.
    Look forward to seeing you there.
  • Feasibility study has begun

    2 months ago

    The initial stage of the Freycinet Peninsula Wastewater Feasibility Study began in December 2018. You may have already seen TasWater staff and contractors in the area, conducting water sampling at a range of sites around the coast.

    As previously advised, this project began with an environmental sampling program conducted over several months, which informs our ongoing study. Following the project's announcement by the State Government, TasWater immediately made an effort to capture results from the peak tourist season, although we understand that Freycinet is busy throughout the year. We’ve also looked to gather data following rain events.

    The sampling program starts with the beach because that is the most likely place to find any widespread environmental impact. Based on those results, we can then develop the next phase of our investigation.

    We will provide further updates as we continue.

    The initial stage of the Freycinet Peninsula Wastewater Feasibility Study began in December 2018. You may have already seen TasWater staff and contractors in the area, conducting water sampling at a range of sites around the coast.

    As previously advised, this project began with an environmental sampling program conducted over several months, which informs our ongoing study. Following the project's announcement by the State Government, TasWater immediately made an effort to capture results from the peak tourist season, although we understand that Freycinet is busy throughout the year. We’ve also looked to gather data following rain events.

    The sampling program starts with the beach because that is the most likely place to find any widespread environmental impact. Based on those results, we can then develop the next phase of our investigation.

    We will provide further updates as we continue.