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New Antarctic runway

The Federal Government has announced the location of a new Antarctic runway to provide year-round access to the frozen continent. Serviced by a permanent air-link from Hobart airport, this would further position Tasmania as an Antarctic hub. After two years of investigation a site close to the Davis Research Station has been chosen for the new paved runway, to be built at a cost of $10 million. This would be a major boost for Australia’s Antarctic program, enabling year-round air access to the icy continent, something that is currently restricted by a summer only ice-runway near Casey Station. State Growth Minister, Peter Gutwein, said: “The new runway would provide a permanent link between Hobart and Antarctica and improve our ability to conduct year-round research, which in turn will encourage businesses in the industry to base their operations in Tasmania.” While former Antarctic Division Director, Tony Press told The Mercury: “It will certainly revolutionise the way logistics are conducted in Antarctica. Year-round access really changes the nature of how to plan your scientific effort.”

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12 June 2018, Edition 195

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