Mon 25 Nov 2019

CCF Tasmania welcomes infrastructure boost

Civil Contractors Federation Tasmania have welcomed the acceleration of more than $173 million worth of Tasmanian infrastructure projects in a package announced by the Federal Government today.

The package includes an acceleration of funding for critical upgrades to the Bass and Midland Highways, the Port of Burnie Shiploader, and the Hobart Airport Interchange.

Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) Tasmania Director Neil Armstrong said the state’s civil contracting sector was buoyed by the announcement, which would help drive further job growth in the state’s booming construction industry.

“Further infrastructure investment in the north and north west of the state is welcome and will have a positive impact for contractors and suppliers across the region,” Mr Armstrong said.

CCF Tasmania CEO Rachael Matheson said capitalising on the boost was vital to ensuring the sector maintained its momentum.


“It’s important we leverage infrastructure investment to ensure there is a consistent pipeline of work that will keep stimulating the economy and supporting jobs growth,” Ms Matheson said.

“Strategies like the 10 and 30 year plans released by Government will also help to ensure we are planning for future infrastructure needs as well.

“We need to ensure we’re investing in a skilled workforce to do the work as well, which involves looking at ways to maximise the training opportunities for those involved in the sector as well as attracting a new wave of skilled workers to civil construction.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said more than $95 million of the new package would be spent in the next 18 months as part of an overall commitment of more than $2.7 billion investment in Tasmanian infrastructure since the 2013 election.

“We’re continuing to work with the Hodgman Liberal Government to bust congestion and support jobs and the Tasmanian economy,” the Prime Minister said.

“We’ve identified projects that are shovel-ready and are getting them moving so Tasmanians can benefit from better infrastructure and the jobs and investment that come with it.

“Delivering critical road and rail projects sooner, as part of our $100 billion infrastructure pipeline, is responsible and considered economic management, in stark contrast to Labor’s daily calls of panic and crisis in their attempt to blow the Budget.”

Premier of Tasmania Will Hodgman said the Australian and Tasmanian Governments had a strong record of working together to deliver crucial road and rail projects.

“Whether it’s securing city-shaping investments through the Hobart to Launceston City Deals, investing in safer Midland Highway or upgrading our regional freight rail network, our governments are working together to get it done,” the Premier said.

“We’re accelerating Federal and State funding for important projects such as the Bass Highway and the Hobart to Sorell corridor under our plan to invest in the infrastructure our growing state needs.”

Project funding brought forward:

$46.4 million for Bass Highway Corridor improvements, including Marrawah to Wynyard and Cooee to Wynyard

o Funding to flow from 2020-21 and over the next three financial years to enable the commencement of works after the majority of funding was previously allocated beyond 2021-22.

o Total Australian Government contribution to the project is $100 million, in addition to the $40 million contribution from the Tasmanian Government.

$45 million for the Hobart to Sorell Corridor, including the Hobart Airport Interchange

o Funding to flow immediately and over the next three financial years to enable the commencement of works after the majority of funding was previously allocated beyond 2020-21.

o Total Australian Government contribution to the project is $130 million, in addition to the $32.5 million contribution from the Tasmanian Government.

$41.9 million for the Midland Highway Upgrade, including upgrades at Spring Hill and Melton Mowbray to North of Lovely Banks

o Funding to flow immediately and over the next three financial years to enable the continuation of works after the majority of funding was previously allocated beyond 2022-23.

o Total Australian Government contribution to the project is $400 million, in addition to the $100 million contribution from the Tasmanian Government.

$40 million for the Port of Burnie Shiploader

o Funding to flow immediately and over the next three years to enable the commencement of works after previously being allocated beyond 2021-22 under Tranche 3 of the Tasmanian Freight Rail Revitalisation program.

o This project is fully funded by the Australian Government.