The history and facts of the kanamaluka/Tamar estuary are of great interest to the Launceston community, and a new education campaign launching this week by the Tamar Estuary and Esk Rivers (TEER) Program aims to provide more details.
There’s no doubt the Tamar estuary has helped to shape the identity of our city, and with greater scientific understanding, it will help shape the city we become tomorrow. Partners of the TEER Program have produced a series of videos and fact sheets, bringing together science and history experts with industry and government representatives, to explore some of the topics that continue to capture Launceston’s attention.
Topics include the social history of the Tamar, natural processes of an estuary, water quality, environmental improvements and flood protection, and who is tasked with looking after such a precious natural asset for the region.
TEER Program Manager, Dr Jo Fearman from NRM North highlights that whilst the series largely focusses on the kanamaluka/Tamar, the TEER system covers 10,000 square kilometres of the state and drains approximately 15 percent of Tasmania.
“The Tamar estuary and Esk rivers support social, recreational, environmental and economic values that are highly valued by our community. The Tamar estuary is where these systems meet and it’s important that our community understands the rich and diverse aquatic ecosystem in our own backyard” Dr Fearman said.
Each week a new video will be released, with accompanying fact sheets to give the community an opportunity to dive deeper into each topic. Dr Christine Hanson, Manager of Knowledge and Content at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery has shared her insights for the project.
“I think we are people of the estuary. We’re not entirely freshwater people, or 100% saltwater people. We live in that place where freshwater and saltwater meet, and that’s really magical. I’d love to see the tidal nature of the estuary brought into people’s consciousness”.
Partners of the TEER Program include the Tasmanian Government, City of Launceston, West Tamar Council, Northern Midlands Council, George Town Council, Meander Valley Council, NRM North, EPA Tasmania, Hydro Tasmania, TasWater, Bell Bay Aluminium, Dairy Tasmania, South 32 Temco, Petuna Aquaculture, and University of Tasmania (IMAS). Videos and factsheets can be found each week at nrmnorth.org.au/water/education