The following stories relate to Tasmania’s Infrastructure sector:
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
Launceston Airport has celebrated its 20th anniversary – of privatisation – and during that time it has gone from strength to strength. It now welcomes 1.3 million passengers every year, which is approximately one third of all passengers in and out of Tasmania. This is a sharp rise on the 544,000 people who went through its doors when the lease was acquired by Australia Pacific Airports Corporation in 1998. Airport General Manager, Paul Hodgen, said: “Privatisation has opened up a wide range of opportunities for Launceston enabling the growth and expansion required to bring the airport in line with the needs of the state.” Major milestones include: $21 million spent on the terminal redevelopment in 2009 and $11 million invested in runway surface improvements in 2015. Launceston airport is now one of the main economic and employment hubs in northern Tasmania. It supports more than 400 jobs and has some 30 businesses operating within its precinct.
12 June 2018, Edition 195
Hobart’s much-loved River Derwent is in the spotlight with two major transport projects – a new bridge and commuter ferries – getting the go-ahead.
12 June 2018, Edition 195
A landmark $700 million deal has been signed for two new Bass Strait ferries in Tasmania’s ‘biggest ever infrastructure investment’.
7 May 2018, Edition 194
After it was destroyed by fire more than a decade ago, Hobart’s Myer is fully back-in-business with thousands flocking into the CBD for the store’s long awaited expansion on April 19. This second stage of the Myer re-development greatly increased the current store size. It is now operating at full-capacity and covers an impressive 12,500sqm over five levels. The expanded store has also attracted new brands including high profile names such as Calvin Klein, Pilgrim and Peter Alexander. The first stage of the Myer re-development was completed in November 2015, and Acting Premier Jeremy Rockliff said it “breathed life back into Hobart’s CBD.” Myer has been trading in Hobart since 1936, but the massive blaze which gutted the store in 2007 was also devastating for city retailers with shoppers deserting the city. However, a number of recent developments, such as the Cat and Fiddle upgrade, have led a CBD revival. As Mr Rockliff said: “Tasmania’s retail sector is booming, growing for 40 consecutive months and helping to create new jobs. Myer’s new building will add to that and will not only be a major drawcard to Hobart’s CBD; it will support and increase jobs.” Sixty new staff have been added to the current 250-strong workforce at Hobart’s Myer store.
3 May 2018, Edition 194
A new bridge across the Derwent River at Bridgewater is a key priority for Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten. Mr Shorten promised that Labor would contribute $100m towards a replacement for the Bridgewater Bridge if it won at the next federal election. The cost of replacing the current 72 year old bridge is expected to exceed half a billion dollars. Mr Shorten said, “the Bridgewater Bridge is a key component of the Midland Highway, a critical freight and transport link for passengers travelling between Hobart and Launceston. The new bridge will create local jobs and improve safety and efficiency of freight and passenger movement in the state.” Mr Shorten also said, “the Liberals have had five years to get this project under way but have done nothing.” However, Tasmanian Infrastructure minister Jeremy Rockliff shot back saying: “Under Mr Shorten’s plan, we’d get less than a quarter of a bridge.” The Minister added he was confident the Federal Government would be providing adequate funding for the $576 million project. A recent infrastructure report rated a new crossing at Bridgewater as a high priority project that should be built within the next decade. Calls for a replacement bridge go back decades with the current causeway crossing viewed as an inadequate section of Tasmania’s main highway.
3 May 2018, Edition 194
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