Freycinet Peninsula Wastewater Feasibility Study

Coles Bay facing the Hazards

Updated March 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.

The announcement of TasWater’s Freycinet Peninsula Wastewater Feasibility Study followed the drafting of the Tasmanian Government's Draft Freycinet Peninsula Masterplan, which identified sewerage management as an issue for the area.

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. As Tasmania’s primary sewerage service

Updated March 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.

The announcement of TasWater’s Freycinet Peninsula Wastewater Feasibility Study followed the drafting of the Tasmanian Government's Draft Freycinet Peninsula Masterplan, which identified sewerage management as an issue for the area.

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. As Tasmania’s primary sewerage service provider, the Tasmanian Government has funded TasWater to investigate the current situation and provide options for potential improvements.

The Freycinet Peninsula Wastewater Feasibility Study includes:

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

It should be understood that this study will not create a plan, detailed design or provide funding to install a sewerage system in Coles Bay. This will be the subject of further discussion between TasWater and the State Government.

We understand that residents of the Freycinet Peninsula 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.

Once TasWater has developed some initial options, we will present these to the community for discussion.

The completed Freycinet Peninsula Wastewater Feasibility Study will be given to State Government in late 2019.

  • TasWater in Coles Bay Sunday, 24 March

    5 days 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

    5 days 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...

    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.