City Deal signed and sealed
The ink is dry on Hobart’s much anticipated City Deal and upgrading the city’s airport into an international gateway is at its heart. The $1.43 billion, 10-year commitment, which promises to transform Tasmania’s capital, was signed late last month by Prime Minister Scott Morrison who said: “The City Deal will open the city and Tasmania up for locals and for the world … [It’s] about driving investment into the city to make it an even better place to live and work, but also to drive benefits well beyond Hobart for all Tasmanians, whether in the north or the south, especially through the investment in the airport.” The City Deal allocates $82 million to upgrade the status of Hobart’s airport from domestic to international, with funds for the provision of border services, customs and bio-security. This comes on the back of a record run for the airport, with December 2018 figures reporting an unprecedented 2.6 million passengers over 12 months. Other key initiatives include: $461 million for the new Bridgewater Bridge; $450 million for Antarctic research; $30 million for affordable housing; and $25 million for the Northern Suburbs Transit Corridor Project.
19 March 2019, Edition 203