TasPorts initiatives recognised as nationally significant

TasPorts growth initiatives at the Port of Hobart and Port of Burnie have been named on Infrastructure Australia's Priority List 2021.


26 February 2021

As TasPorts celebrates its 15th year of serving the people of Tasmania as a dedicated, single entity, it is a significant milestone to have two initiatives named on Infrastructure Australia’s Priority List 2021.

TasPorts Chief Executive Officer Anthony Donald said the inclusion of two Tasmanian port infrastructure initiatives on the nationally significant list is reflective of the company’s commitment to future-proofing Tasmania’s multi-port system for the benefit of all Tasmanians.

“In 2018 we released our Port Master Plan - a coordinated, state-wide vision for the future of Tasmania’s multi-port system. Both the Port of Hobart and Port of Burnie were integral to this plan and the recognition by Infrastructure Australia in the 2021 Priority List is a significant step forward in realising both of these major initiatives,” Mr Donald said.

TasPorts released its Port Master Plan in August 2018 to guide a coordinated, statewide vision for the future of Tasmania’s multi-port system.

Following industry engagement over the last two years, TasPorts has evolved its planning in some aspects of the Port Master Plan.

Updated planning can be viewed via the Growth Initiatives.

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“We see this as an important signal to the market and wider community that TasPorts is actively looking towards the future.”

As part of the Port Master Plan, TasPorts committed to establishing a new Antarctic precinct and expanding Hobart’s cruise precinct to berth larger vessels at the Macquarie Wharf Precinct.

“The initiative identified at the Port of Hobart will further improve capacity and enable future growth in the tourism, trade and Antarctic sectors.”

Mr Donald noted that TasPorts vision for the Port of Burnie was announced in August 2020, with details released about the Burnie Export Gateway Initiative.

“The initiative will lay the foundation for exponential growth in Tasmanian mineral exports to global markets, enabling capacity for larger vessels to berth and ensuring fit-for-purpose terminal infrastructure.

“It will bring significant benefits to Tasmania through the provision of essential port infrastructure that enables exponential growth in mineral exports to global markets over a 30-year horizon.”