River Health Action Plan - Catchment Works Program

The River Health Action Plan - Catchment Works Program aims to reduce pathogens from entering the kanamaluka/Tamar estuary. The program achieves this by excluding grazing and dairy stock from waterways within the catchment, improving effluent management on dairy farms as well as investigating and mitigating cross-connections in Launceston’s separated stormwater system.

In 2018 under the Launceston City Deal, the Australian and Tasmanian governments jointly committed funding for the River Health Action Plan (RHAP). The funding supports priority projects to improve Launceston’s combined sewerage and stormwater system and the Catchment Works Program. NRM North was selected as the preferred delivery partner to support actions across dairy, grazing and urban areas. These land uses are the three largest contributors to pathogen loads in the greater estuary catchment and are also major controllable sources of nutrient and sediment loads.

These four short videos highlight the works being done through the Catchment Works Program to reduce pathogens entering the Tamar estuary.

What is the being done in catchment works program, and why?

1:54 minutes

What are pathogens and why do we need to keep them out of our waterways?

4:15 minutes

What grants are available to support grazing and dairy landholders keep pathogens out of waterways?

3:31 minutes

How are we reducing pathogens from entering the separated stormwater system in Launceston?

4:46 minutes

To find out more about the program and the kanamaluka/Tamar estuary please explore the following links:


This project is supported with funding provided by the Australian and Tasmanian Governments through the Launceston City Deal and the Australian Government Tamar Estuary River Health Grant.