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Infrastructure stories

The following stories relate toTasmania’s Infrastructure sector:

Bigger, cleaner ships for TT-Line

Edition 190_TT-Line

TT-Line is set to order two new, bigger and cleaner ships to boost capacity and heighten customer appeal on its Bass Strait service.

11 December 2017, Edition 190

20pc rise tipped for Hobart homes

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Property prices in Hobart could rise by 20 per cent in the coming 12 months, according to Property Logic researchers.

5 December 2017, Edition 190

$20m for 2nd power cable study

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The State and Federal governments will jointly fund a $20 million business case study into a second Bass Strait electricity inter-connector that will be needed if Tasmania is to become the battery of the nation.

5 December 2017, Edition 190

Eslake values STEM at $2.75b

Respected economist Saul Eslake believes the University of Tasmania’s proposed but unfunded STEM project in Hobart’s CBD would add about $2.75 billion to the State’s gross product over 10 years. Mr Eslake said the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) project — which has been praised by the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and has received priority status from Infrastructure Australia — would bring similar benefits to Tasmania as have been delivered by similar projects overseas. “The proposal will create 755 jobs during construction, and at least 190 on-going academic and other staff jobs, increase student numbers by around 1,500 (including 600 international or interstate students),” Mr Eslake said. “Hobart has much in common with regional cities in Europe and North America where the development of education and innovation precincts has demonstrably helped to revitalise urban areas, create jobs, enhance skills, foster collaboration between educational institutions and industry and accelerate economic growth.” The project, set for the corner of Melville and Argyle streets, is the centrepiece of a likely Federal Government City Deal for Hobart and has been endorsed by 11 southern Tasmanian mayors as the region’s top funding priority.

3 October 2017, Edition 188

Mac Point is trending polar

Macquarie Point’s Cold Store was demolished in September as a $40 million Antarctic and Science Precinct was promoted as a priority for the urban-renewal project. The precinct will be put forward alongside UTAS’s STEM project as a key driver of an expected Hobart City Deal with the Federal Government. The Minister for State Growth, Matthew Groom, said: “We have the capacity to further cement Tasmania’s position as a world-leading scientific research location. An Antarctic and Science precinct would complement other Federal investments in Tasmania, such as the Hobart airport runway extension and investment in other Tasmanian-based research organisations.” The Antarctic and Science Precinct will also complement the Eden Project’s plans for an Antarctic experience at the site. The Deputy Chair of the Tasmanian Polar Network, Richard Fader, said: “The Antarctic and Science precinct is a key growth opportunity for the sector and our members are highly supportive and will continue to be pro-active in its development. The Antarctic and Southern Ocean sector has been a long-term winner for Tasmania. It returns an economic benefit in excess of $180 million per year to the Tasmanian community and employs over 750 people … the sector is experiencing a buoyant time and a precinct development at Macquarie Point would be an internationally visible focus point of the Hobart Antarctic Gateway.”

3 October 2017, Edition 188

Launceston becomes Gigabit City

Edition 187 Damian Ivereigh CEO and Founder Launtel

Launceston Internet provider Launtel is offering local businesses Blue Ocean Gigabit connections through NBN’s fibre network that are 10 times faster than the present maximum speed.

9 September 2017, Edition 187

Government promises 1,000 GWs

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The generation of renewable energy is to be ramped up in Tasmania to make the State totally self-reliant in terms of energy.

6 September 2017, Edition 187

North-west greets its own ‘MONAs’

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A $160-million upgrade to the Cradle Mountain World Heritage Area and a $90 million luxury cliff-top resort at Table Cape have both been described as regional MONAs.

6 September 2017, Edition 187

Airport hospitality earns gong

Launceston Airport’s Boags Upper Deck, Bar and Restaurant has been judged the Food and Beverage Offer Best Reflecting Sense of Place in the Asia Pacific Region at the Airport FAB 2017 Awards in Toronto, Canada. The airport’s $3.5m terminal transformation project, completed in June 2016, included a 600sq m expansion of the terminal with enhanced dining and shopping facilities that incorporate a strong Tasmanian flavour. The world’s first Boags restaurant and bar was part of this project. Project architects, The Buchan Group, was awarded the Commercial Architecture Award at the 2017 Tasmanian Architecture Awards held by the Australian Institute of Architects in Hobart. Launceston Airport is investing a further $2 million to provide travellers with enhanced opportunities to rest, relax and enjoy the upgraded facilities.

1 August 2017, Edition 186

UTAS unveils Inveresk vision

Edition 186_Concept drawing of the Inveresk campus

UTAS unveiled its masterplan for the $260 million redevelopment of its Inveresk campus in Launceston in July and also released a report on its $400 million STEM proposal for Hobart’s CBD.

1 August 2017, Edition 186

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Bigger, cleaner ships for TT-Line

Edition 190_TT-Line

TT-Line is set to order two new, bigger and cleaner ships to boost capacity and heighten customer appeal on its Bass Strait service.

11 December 2017, Edition 190

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