Infrastructure priorities identified
Tasmania’s most urgently needed infrastructure projects have been identified in a new report. The Infrastructure Australia report identified the five top priority projects needed to cope with future growth. Topping the list is a second electricity cable across Bass Strait. Calls for another cable erupted in 2015 when the Basslink cable failed, plunging Tasmania into an electricity crisis. At an estimated cost of $1 billion, a second cable would also carry electricity between Tasmania and Victoria and secure our future energy needs. Other priority projects identified in the report include:
- The STEM facility in Hobart’s CBD which would combine the University of Tasmania’s faculties of Science, Engineering and Technology;
- A new bridge over the River Derwent to replace the antiquated Bridgewater Bridge;
- A Burnie-to-Hobart road and rail freight corridor; and
- Sewerage upgrades across the state.
The Infrastructure Australia report identified $55 billion worth of priority projects needed across the country over the next 15 years.
11 April 2018, Edition 193