Inspiring the port workers of tomorrow

TasPorts' Project QuayLink has entered its second year of engagement with East Devonport Primary School with an exciting program to be delivered over the next few months.


24 October 2023

More than 20 employees are working with teachers to provide a learning experience about Tasmanian ports, focusing on the $240million QuayLink program being built on their doorstep.

"This week our employees visited the school to speak to students about the work they do, why they love it, what inspires them to come to work each day, and how they enjoy working as a team," said TasPorts Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Donald.

"They talked about engineering, being a marine pilot, protecting the environment, workshop activities, designing and building boats, driving an underwater drone and safety."

Principal Sharon Woodberry said it was "fantastic" to have TasPorts staff visit the school again.

"It opens the children's eyes to career possibilities”, she said.

“We now watch the QuayLink development with great interest and talk about it in our classes. Having a real-life project next door is a terrific opportunity for the students.”

This week the school learned about:

  • safety in ports;
  • what pilot boats are used for and how pilots transfer to ships;
  • reading navigational charts;
  • driving underwater drones and footage;
  • rocks and geology of the Mersey River; and
  • port operations and workshop activities.

Anna McNeil, Superintendent Marine Operations, said the chance to inspire future generations and share knowledge is a wonderful opportunity.

She said introducing students to port and marine activities was a positive initiative.

Over the next few months TasPorts employees will run engineering competitions and outdoor excursions to further build the knowledge of students at East Devonport Primary School.

Approved East Devonport Primary Oct 2023
Approved East Devonport Primary Tas Ports Staff Oct 2023
Approved East Devonport Primary Geology Oct 2023

Find more information about Project QuayLink here.