TasPorts has announced a new $200 million Port Master Plan to ensure that its port facilities are able to meet future demand and attract new business as Tasmania’s economy continues to grow.
The plan is expected to accelerate economic growth by supporting jobs and promoting business confidence.
With more than 99 per cent of Tasmania’s freight coming in and out of the state by sea, ports are one of Tasmania’s most important economic assets. Major works are set to take place in Bell Bay, Burnie, Devonport and Hobart.
The Master Plan maps out infrastructure development over the next ten to fifteen years, and includes:
- $10 million to optimise Bell Bay berthing facilities for industry and investment enabling forestry and mining exports from multiple berths
- Approximately $80 million to increase sea freight capacity and berth extensions in Burnie to accommodate larger Bass Strait container and cargo vessels
- $50-$60 million to extend berthing facilities in Devonport for passengers, cargo and freight and accommodate the new, larger Spirit of Tasmania vessels
- $50-$60 million to update Hobart’s valuable working port facilities with a new Antarctic precinct
The Tasmanian Government understands that infrastructure projects of this size require significant consultation which is why it is committed to working with all key customers and stakeholders.