In Tasmania’s north-east about 63 kilometres east of Launceston, Mathinna was established as a gold mining centre in the 1890s. At its peak more than 5,000 people lived in the town, making it the third largest in the state. The major gold mine, The New Golden Gate, was closed down in 1929.

It is unclear when Mathinna’s water scheme was established. TasWater records the oldest pipes in the system were installed in 1975.

Under the scheme raw water is drawn from the South Esk River and pumped two kilometres to a storage facility. The untreated water is then supplied to the TasWater’s 122 customers in the town. It is subject to a long standing Boil Water Alert.

Mathinna is currently part of TasWater’s Regional Towns Water Supply Strategy, and TasWater is committed to having the Boil Water Alert lifted by August 2018.

As we roll out our 24glasses program, we encourage you to submit any questions you may have via the questions and comments here

Most importantly, if you are a member of the Mathinna community, don’t hesitate to go to and look at the issues and options for your community as they emerge, reflect on what you see and contribute to the discussion.

 Works  Status
Initial scoping Underway

Mathinna is a regional town in Tasmania’s north-east, 63km east of Launceston,
and part of our 24glasses program.