Industry and environmental experts come together for the Tamar / Kanamaluka Forum

25 October 2023

The Tamar Estuary and Esk Rivers (TEER) Program is hosting the fourth biennial Kanamaluka / Tamar Forum today bringing together industry experts, environmental professionals, and the community to discuss the health and future of our waterways.

This year’s forum will see a diverse range of topics including the Stony Creek Nation connections to waterways, urban waterway management, an update on the ‘Future Vision for the Upper Estuary’, and investments into the River Health Action Plan. The forum highlights activities occurring elsewhere in the state, that represent future opportunities for the waterways of the Kanamaluka / Tamar estuary and Esk rivers.

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TEER Program Manager Darren McPhee said the forum is a great opportunity to share knowledge about our waterways.

“We know the community cares about the health of our waterways and wants to be kept up to date with how they are managed, and relevant research occurring both locally and further afield … we are excited to have such a variety of topics included in this year's event,” said Mr McPhee.

Established in 2008, the TEER Program is a partnership between 19 agencies responsible for the effective management of the Kanamaluka / Tamar estuary and Esk Rivers waterways.

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Chair of the TEER Program’s Strategy and Partnerships Committee, Michael Stretton, said this coming together of organizations that contribute to the management of waterway health is an opportunity for valuable discussion and networking.

“By joining in conversation, we enhance our collective understanding of the function and health of local waterways, which enables us to effectively manage and protect these important waterways,” said Mr Stretton.

The Kanamaluka / Tamar Forum has proven to be even more popular than in previous years, with this year’s event fully booked.