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Infrastructure stories

The following stories relate toTasmania’s Infrastructure sector:

Tasmania set to ride the wind

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The Tasmanian economy looks set for an exciting wind ride following the announcement of four major new wind farm projects.

4 July 2017, Edition 185

Fragrance proposes fourth project

Singapore-based developers, the Fragrance Group, lodged an application in June for its fourth planned hotel development in the Hobart CBD. The Hobart City Council has asked the company for more information relating to applications for two skyscraper hotels. The fresh application relates to a site at 234-250 Elizabeth Street, in a section of the city between the CBD and North Hobart. It is understood the project is expected to be a mixed-use hotel development. The application listed “partial demolition, alterations and redevelopment for hotel industry, multiple dwellings, general retail and hire, food services, business and professional services and visitor accommodation”. The property is set over four titles on 3500sq m of land with multiple existing tenancies.

4 July 2017, Edition 185

State welcomes Canberra Budget

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Tasmania missed centre-stage in May’s Commonwealth Budget (in fact, the State wasn’t even mentioned in the Budget Speech), but Government in Hobart was satisfied with the outcome and an absence of nasty surprises.

6 June 2017, Edition 184

Gutwein delivers $54.3m surplus

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Tasmania’s Treasurer Peter Gutwein delivered a surplus of $54.3 million in his fourth Budget, with expenditure focussed on health, education and jobs.

5 June 2017, Edition 184

State poised to be ‘nation’s battery’

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Energy projects worth $3 billion will turn Tasmania into Australia’s battery in a vision unveiled by the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, in April.

1 May 2017, Edition 183

UTAS alumni show design ‘clout’

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A leading house-design website has suggested the emergence of a Tasmanian craftsmanship brand value similar to that of Denmark.

1 May 2017, Edition 183

State moves on water, sewage

The State Government moved in March to take back control of sewerage and water infrastructure from local government. The Treasurer, Peter Gutwein, said: “The current situation is not acceptable and it’s not fair for ratepayers and those Tasmanians enduring third world water and sewerage services. Tasmania prides itself on being a world class destination, it is part of brand Tasmania, and yet we have 25 towns on boil water or do not consume alerts, sewage spills seven times over the national average, and only one of 78 sewage treatment plants fully compliant with Environmental Protection Authority standards … Under the current schedule, Tasmanians will have to pay more for inadequate services and infrastructure, and this is simply unacceptable.” TasWater is owned at present by 29 separate councils and the company and some councils have publicly criticised the State move. The Legislative Council is to establish a select committee to investigate the proposed takeover.

6 April 2017, Edition 182

Optimism growing at Mt Lyell

Development work at the embattled Mount Lyell copper mine could resume in June with mining restarting by the end of July. The mine that once had a bigger budget than the State of Tasmania was closed down in December 2014 after two fatal accidents. Copper Mines of Tasmania (CMT) placed it on care and maintenance and suspended that work earlier this year. Now CMT’s owner, international mining giant Vedanta Resources, is “vigorously reviewing restart plans in response to improved global metal prices over the past two months”. The mine’s General Manager, Peter Walker, said: “The signs are promising … CMT wants to be in a position where we can make an investment decision as quickly as possible once a viable price is reached. Not only are we revising our existing restart plan for the D Panel Block Cave, but we are also undertaking feasibility studies that have the potential to completely change how Mt Lyell operates.” A reopening could generate 200 jobs.

6 April 2017, Edition 182

MACq 01 engages Master Storyteller

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Tasmania’s first fulltime professional Master Storyteller has signed on to enliven the nation’s first deliberately planned story-telling hotel, MACq 01 on the Hobart waterfront.

4 April 2017, Edition 182

New planning rules lead nation

Tasmania became the first Australian State to implement a single, statewide planning scheme when new rules were finalised by the Tasmanian Planning Commission in February. The Premier, Will Hodgman, said: “Our new planning system will be faster, fairer, simpler and cheaper. It will make it easier to build a house, run a business and manage a farm, with consistent rules applying right across the State,” Mr Hodgman said the previous patchwork of different rules had held Tasmania back. Councils will now consult with their communities on how the rules will be applied in local areas. The Government expects councils to sign up to the scheme over the coming six to nine months.

9 March 2017, Edition 181

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TT-Line is set to order two new, bigger and cleaner ships to boost capacity and heighten customer appeal on its Bass Strait service.

11 December 2017, Edition 190

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