The following stories relate toTasmania’s Infrastructure sector:
It’s been a great year for Tasmania. David Attenborough showcased our stunning island to a global audience of millions, a deal was struck for new Bass Strait ferries, while our whisky and wine shone on the world stage… and that’s just the start.
11 December 2018, Edition 201
The Tasmanian Government has announced it will be selling the Elizabeth Street Pier to help fund its Macquarie Point vision. Central to this is the relocation of the wastewater treatment plant from the area. The Elizabeth Street Pier is 91 per cent owned by the State Government and includes serviced apartments, a conference centre and hospitality venues on Hobart’s waterfront. Treasurer, Peter Gutwein, says he expects the sale will attract strong interest, adding the market will determine the price. The Treasurer stresses that ownership of the Elizabeth Street Pier is not part of core Government business and “proceeds of its sale will be utilized to underpin investment in other public assets that will benefit all Tasmanians.” The wharf area and apron will remain in public ownership.
7 December 2018, Edition 201
Another major milestone has been reached in Tasmania’s ambitious irrigation program. Construction of the 5,200-megalitre Dalness Dam is now complete, ensuring water will flow from the new North Esk Irrigation Scheme in the New Year. This is one of five Tranche Two irrigation schemes which has created more than 28,000 megalitres of new water and involved a $160 million investment by the State and Federal Governments. Tasmania’s future irrigation plans – the Pipeline to Prosperity –includes another 10 potential irrigation schemes costing around $496 million. This Tranche Three proposal has recently been submitted to infrastructure Australia. Tasmanian Primary Industries and Water Minister, Guy Barnett said: “Providing more water resources allows farmers to not only invest in higher value crops and improve farm productivity, but also provides water certainty at critical growth times, and mitigates against dry seasons.”
7 December 2018, Edition 201
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
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
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
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
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
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
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