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Parks – Lake St Clair Visitor Centre

Cassy O'Connor MP

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Thursday, 9 June 2022

Tags: Parks, Sewerage

Ms O'CONNOR - I want to talk about Lake St Clair Visitor Centre complex. Is it true what we have heard that the sewerage system at the Lake St Clair Visitor Centre complex is not fit for purpose and that NRE Tas officer have to pour 15 kilograms of dog food to balance nutrient levels?

Mrs PETRUSMA - I will definitely let the deputy secretary answer this one.

Ms O'CONNOR - We hear all kinds of stuff, Chair.

Mr JACOBI - Thank you, minister. I thank the member for her question. It is a very entertaining question. My understanding is the Lake St Clair sewerage treatment plan is absolutely fit for purpose. It was designed with a significant capacity. One of the challenges, particularly during COVID-19, is when it is not being used to keep the system (and I am putting layman's terms) operational and to keep it live and to keep all the microbiotic material active, fed the best food and the cheapest food as far as I am aware is dog food.

Ms O'BYRNE - That's the bizarre story of Estimates.

Ms O'CONNOR - Okay.

Mr JACOBI - Yes, we put dog food into the sewerage treatment plant, particularly in order to keep the biota alive and active, particularly in periods when it is not getting full use and during COVID-19 we have had close to two years of lower than normal levels of use.

Ms O'CONNOR - That is fascinating.

Ms O'BYRNE - Indeed.