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Infrastructure stories

The following stories relate toTasmania’s Infrastructure sector:

Mac Point moves forward

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The way forward for Hobart’s Macquarie Point – including possible residential development and the removal of the sewage treatment plant – will be laid on the table when legislation is introduced into parliament shortly.

14 October 2018, Edition 199

Hobart’s traffic vision

Traffic is at the core of liveability; and Tasmania’s peak motoring body is partnering with the University of Tasmania to create a 30-year vision for Greater Hobart. The RACT is seeking submissions for a comprehensive traffic plan covering 2020-2050. It wants a coordinated plan to manage traffic movements in Hobart. RACT Chief Executive, Harvey Lennon, told The Mercury that traffic congestion must be tackled as population and visitor numbers increase: “As our population continues to grow, we need a long-term vision that takes into account social, economic, infrastructure, urban planning also public and active transport opportunities and initiatives.” He explained one single plan is critical to address long-term problems: “No matter how big or how small the idea, we want to hear it. We believe the answer is out there, but we need to collect and combine the ideas of many into one vision, which we can then lobby for on behalf of all Tasmanians.”

14 October 2018, Edition 199

Berth at TasPorts for new boss

TasPorts CEO, Paul Weedon, is to retire this month. After working for the Sydney Ports Corporation, he was appointed to the top job in 2009. Mr Weedon has overseen major upgrading at Tasmania’s ports during his watch, including the delivery of the $200 million Port Master Plan. Infrastructure Minister, Jeremy Rockliff told The Examiner: “Mr Weedon oversaw the modernisation of TasPorts’ entire fleet and accelerated the successful integration of Tasmania’s four port companies into a single, high functioning state-wide company.” TasPorts' Chief Operating Officer, Anthony Donald, will step into the top job, while the search is on for Mr Weedon’s replacement. 

12 September 2018, Edition 198

Best defence

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Momentum is building to have Prince of Wales Bay officially recognised as a defence precinct, reflecting Tasmania’s growing reputation as a leading sector supplier.

11 September 2018, Edition 198

Hobart’s waterfront vision

A large swimming pool jutting into the Derwent River is the focal point of a bold new vision unveiled for Hobart’s waterfront. This would be the centrepiece of an expansive public space which is proposed for the current CSIRO site on Castray Esplanade. It has been mooted that the CSIRO would re-locate to the new Antarctic Precinct at Macquarie Point. The new public space would transform this valuable real estate into a recreational space that pays homage to Tasmania’s maritime connections. As well as providing an ideal focal point to watch the finish of the iconic Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, it is also proposed that the Maritime Museum could be moved here. There would also be a boardwalk along the foreshore, and possibly a small boutique hotel. Tourism Industry Council Tasmania boss, Luke Martin, likens the recreational space to Brisbane’s South Bank or Launceston’s Gorge. He told The Mercury: “We think the concept of a major public activation point like that could become an iconic feature for Hobart. Swimming alongside the Derwent…would be a focal point for the public in the hot times of summer.”

13 August 2018, Edition 197

Reinventing Devonport

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The transformation of Devonport is underway, with the first stage of a massive $250 million urban renewal project ready for its official opening.

12 August 2018, Edition 197

Powering Tasmania’s future

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Tasmania’s plan to become the ‘Battery of the Nation’ is moving closer to reality with a $500 million transformation of the Tarraleah Power Station on the cards.

11 July 2018, Edition 196

Derwent transport boost

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Hobart’s much-loved River Derwent is in the spotlight with two major transport projects – a new bridge and commuter ferries – getting the go-ahead.

12 June 2018, Edition 195

Launceston airport turns twenty

Launceston Airport has celebrated its 20th anniversary – of privatisation – and during that time it has gone from strength to strength. It now welcomes 1.3 million passengers every year, which is approximately one third of all passengers in and out of Tasmania. This is a sharp rise on the 544,000 people who went through its doors when the lease was acquired by Australia Pacific Airports Corporation in 1998. Airport General Manager, Paul Hodgen, said: “Privatisation has opened up a wide range of opportunities for Launceston enabling the growth and expansion required to bring the airport in line with the needs of the state.” Major milestones include: $21 million spent on the terminal redevelopment in 2009 and $11 million invested in runway surface improvements in 2015. Launceston airport is now one of the main economic and employment hubs in northern Tasmania. It supports more than 400 jobs and has some 30 businesses operating within its precinct.

12 June 2018, Edition 195

$700m Bass Strait Ferries Coup

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A landmark $700 million deal has been signed for two new Bass Strait ferries in Tasmania’s ‘biggest ever infrastructure investment’.

7 May 2018, Edition 194

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