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Submission to Infrastructure Australia 2010

Executive Summary

The Tasmanian Government's submission to Infrastructure Australia comprises updates on the following projects:

1. Bell Bay Intermodal Expansion

The strategic direction of this submission has been reviewed based on the concept of an integrated northern port with three terminals; Burnie, Bell Bay and Devonport.  Based on studies to optimise the States strategic plans for the three terminals and information that has been gathered on market drivers the original proposal and timelines for Bell Bay will be modified.  The submission provides an outline of the intended approach.

2. Water and Sewerage Reform

This project requests support for infrastructure investment in Tasmania's water and sewerage reforms.  It has been prepared in consultation with the three regional water and sewerage corporations.

An updated submission was submitted to Infrastructure Australia in early May 2011 and requests funding for 'ready-to-proceed' projects that address non-compliant water treatment plants in regional towns across Tasmania, This submission (attached below) replaces an earlier December 2010 version. 

3. An Innovation Strategy for Tasmania:

Focus on Food Bowl Concept - Under the Food Bowl Concept, there is already $220 million in State and Australian Government funds allocated for 13 irrigation projects.  The update provides a progress report on those projects and foreshadows further work with IA for the future direction of the concept.

4. Hobart - A World Class, Liveable Waterfront City

This submission was included as an 'early stage' initiative in the Infrastructure Australia report of mid-2010, under the 'Transforming Our Cities' theme. The initiative aims to harness and exploit Australia?s economic potential in Antarctic and southern ocean rights and related activity, and to develop Hobart as one of the world's recognised liveable waterfront cities.

This will be achieved by developing Hobart as a key international gateway to the Antarctic and southern ocean; an important economic driver for Tasmania and the first step in underpinning the revitalisation of the Hobart waterfront and the transformation of the city into an accessible, creative place, renowned for innovative research and learning. The project is developed over four stages, to be achieved over a 15-year period.

Since its inclusion as an 'early stage' initiative in July 2010, the Tasmanian Government has commenced a benefit cost analysis, and economic and social impact assessment on stage one. A related initiative that has also been commenced is the development of the Antarctic Sector Development Plan, which will further inform the infrastructure required to increase Hobart?s role as an important international gateway to the Antarctic. This plan is due for completion in February 2011.

 Supporting Documentation

Attachments to the above submissions have not been placed on the website due to their size and volume.  For further details please phone 6233 2169.