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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

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