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From time to time the EPA releases documents for public comment or invites public submissions on various topics of concern to Tasmanians.

Sewage Management Directives

The EPA Director has made a Directive on The Discharge of Sewage from Certain Vessels into State Waters.

The Directive is a risk-based approach to sewage discharge which specifies where sewage may and may not be discharged from certain vessels into Tasmanian waters.

Read more about the Directive here


Sewage Management Directive for the Brig STV "Lady Nelson"

The Director has made a Sewage Management Directive to apply to the Sail Training Vessel "Lady Nelson".

The Directive specifically takes into account the Lady Nelson's special circumstances as a training vessel for children and young people in State waters, by allowing the discharge of disinfected sewage closer to land than would otherwise be permitted.

The Lady Nelson is a replica three-masted sailing brig operating in Tasmanian waters by the Tasmanian Sail Training Association (TSTA). The TSTA is a not-for-profit volunteer youth organisation whose mission is to provide sail training opportunities to school children and the youth of Tasmania. Schools, Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, and other organisations often charter the vessel for personal development and training voyages of various durations. Many of her sail-training exercises are conducted in the waters of the lower Derwent and Channel.

The December 2013 Sewage Management Directive provides that vessels carrying 16 or more persons cannot discharge any sewage within 1 nautical mile of land.

The Lady Nelson can accommodate up to 18 persons on extended sail-training trips, and she has toileting facilities that include holding tanks, maceration and a disinfection system.

The Directive to apply to the Lady Nelson reduces the prohibition for disinfected sewage from 1 natuical mile to 500 metres. The one nautical mile prohibition will continue to apply in the event that the Lady Nelson needs to discharge sewage that is not disinfected.

The Directive was made in consultation with the Director of Public Health.

Read the Directive that applies to the Lady Nelson here