REGIONALLY IMPORTANT PROJECTS

There are currently twelve regional projects of importance that have been submitted and accepted by the Regional Economic Development Steering Group. Details on the projects are below. Detail on how to make a submission can be found here.

COASTAL PATHWAY EXTENSION

Extensions and improvements to the Coastal Pathway, transforming it into an iconic tourism experience and increasing livability. Up to $32m required.

• Construction of new sections of pathway.

• Widening and other improvements to some existing sections.

• New, consistent whole-of-pathway signage and promotion.

As well as obvious economic benefits derived from extra visitation and new business opportunities, the Coastal Pathway already facilitates safe and convenient exercise for people of all ages and abilities in a variety of natural settings.

The proposed works are complemented by a master plan which provides a summary of preferred routes and connections to existing pathways and infrastructure.

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DON RIVER RAILWAY UPGRADES

A scenic railway from Devonport to Penguin and other Don River Railway upgrades, including a café and function centre. Approx. $8-10m required.

This project will build upon the existing Don River Railway tourist operation with the aim of capturing the overnight visitor by offering a more diverse offering including rail trip, heritage museum, interpretation, café, function centre and regular monthly events. The project will:
• Extend passenger services to Penguin and the Devonport CBD.
• Deliver a world class visitor centre.
• Provide leading edge industry capability and capacity with regard to maintenance and repair of tourist railway infrastructure.
• Deliver a roundhouse carriage and locomotive pavilion to store and display static and rolling stock equipment.
• Develop and upgrade the workshop to a commercial operation to cater for other heritage railway users.
• Construct a ticket office, cafe and function centre adjoining the existing buildings.
• Deliver Disability Discrimination Act compliant access to the site with improved walkways and carriage access.

The current visitation to the Don River Railway is around 30% of total number of visitors to Devonport, based on Tasmanian Visitor Surveys. The expected revenue growth over the next two to three years should this project proceed, is expected to reach $1m per annum.

MOBILE PHONE TOWERS

New mobile phone towers at Woolnorth and Togari, supporting business productivity, safety, and digital accessibility. App. $2.2m co-contribution required.

New mobile phone towers at Woolnorth and Togari, supporting business productivity, safety and digital accessibility. Approximately $2.2m of State Government funding required as a contribution to the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program.

Two farming communities in Circular Head at Woolnorth and Togari have less than desirable mobile coverage, impacting on farm productivity, safety and digital accessibility. Through discussions with a Mobile Network Operator (MNO), a solution to this issue would be the installation of macrocell base stations in the two communities. Woolnorth and Togari include over 40 dairy farms and are amongst the most highly productive in Australia. With the move to greater use of technology in farm management, this productivity is compromised. Togari has the potential to be further developed creating a greater demand for mobile phone and data coverage.

There is a need to review mobile coverage across our region and for the Tasmanian Government to consider an ongoing contribution to addressing “black spots”. This would improve the ability for workers to work from home and lift the technology solutions our rural and industrial areas can deploy to improve the productivity of their businesses.

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ORGANIC COMPOSTING

World-class organic composting facilities, supporting FOGO (food organics, garden organics) collection for 40,000 households and businesses. App. $6m required.

Implementation-ready, major investment project creating 102 jobs in Tasmania and underpinning over 1000 existing food manufacturing jobs.

• $16 million infrastructure investment in Tasmania ideally suited for three-tier government support. Significant scale and industry-reach, innovative plant construction with closed-loop leachate and enclosed odour control, plus a technology life of 25+ years. Aligned with Tasmanian Government policies of building Tasmania’s infrastructure for the 21st century, essential service delivery and more jobs for regional Tasmania.
• Strengthens Tasmania’s biosecurity and quarantine capabilities and delivers TasWater Trade Waste Policy solutions for biosolids and grease-trap waste.
• Delivers against the Cradle Coast Waste Management Group Strategy and Tasmanian Government’s Draft Waste Action Plan 2019 to reduce the volume of organic waste sent to landfill by 25% by 2025 and 50% by 2030.
• Addresses the 46% of North West landfill waste classified as organics and assists the introduction of a regional-scale organics kerbside collection and processing service for 40,000 households.
• Announced as a Project Of Regional Importance in June 2020 by the Regional Economic Development Steering Group and Cradle Coast Authority Board.
• Proven operational capabilities and project governance, backed by Kentish Council, Latrobe Council, Waratah Wynyard Council, Circular Head Council, Burnie City Council, Devonport City Council, Central Coast Council and Dulverton Waste Management (national Landfill Excellence Award winner 2017).
• Delivers reduced greenhouse gas emissions, extended landfill life and valuable compost by-product for agricultural, nursery, government and residential re-use.

Dulverton Waste Management Authority (DWM), with the support of the Cradle Coast Waste Management Group, has embarked on a $16 million upgrade of the Dulverton Organics Recycling Facility based at Dawsons Siding Road, Railton.

The upgrade will transform the existing open-air compost system into an enclosed, fully controlled environment to remove odours, safely process leachate and deliver greater capacity and capabilities to manage Tasmania’s future needs in biosecurity, quarantine and industrial organic waste processing. The facility’s high-tech design and equipment will provide best-practice solutions for the safe and sustainable treatment of industry waste including dairy by-products, aquaculture waste, food processing waste, agriculture by-product, timber residues, and other wastes currently discharged to sewer.

A Development Permit was approved by Kentish Council in February 2020 and an Expression of Interest process seeking design and construction proposals was completed mid-2020. The Request for Tender decision for the Early Contractor Involvement phase will be finalised by March 2021. A target has been set for July 2021 to approve a Contract to Construct and for the transformation project to be completed by end 2022. To enable the project to proceed with certainty, DWM and its owner Councils are seeking a combined $6m contribution from both the State Government and Federal Government within the forecast construction period to 2022/23. This co-investment model, majority-led by local government contributions, will be a key enabler for the sustainable growth of Tasmanian industry and the region’s economic, social and environmental prosperity.

NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT JOBS

275 new jobs and $101m of economic benefit, state-wide. Led by Cradle Coast Authority with Landcare Tasmania, NRM North, NRM South, Councils, Regional Tourism Organisations and other key partners. Up to $20m allocated to our region would see people working on weed management, track work and other Natural Resource Management projects.

Backed by industry peak bodies and led by organisations with strong existing networks, this proposal offers a scalable, shovel ready program which can be implemented quickly to provide 350 Tasmanians with meaningful employment and deliver positive environmental change. It will support long-term and first-time unemployed (e.g., small business owners who have had to shut their doors due to COVID), including Aboriginal and other marginalised jobseekers.

In addition to outdoor roles, new jobs in logistics, procurement, administration and project management will allow displaced workers from hard hit sectors such as tourism and the arts, to continue to pursue their career and personal aspirations. Strong links to industry and training providers will allow us to create a workforce with transferrable skills, addressing long-term skill shortages that have been holding Tasmania back.

Working across Tasmania and its islands, 350 will be employed and supported and to undertake projects including:
• Monitoring and protecting habitats for threatened endemic and migratory birdlife.
• Removing marine debris from coastlines and reducing the flow of plastics and other waste into coastal and marine environments.
• Reducing livestock access to creeks and rivers, reducing sediment and nutrient inflows and bank instability as well as enhancing riparian habitats and ecosystems through fencing, weed removal and revegetation.
• Managing weed and pest animal threats to Ramsar wetlands, prioritising estuaries and saltmarshes, Key Biodiversity Areas and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA).
• Removing weeds and other threats from high conservation value land, restoring traditional cultural land management systems where possible.
• Improving the condition of priority public walking tracks for the benefit of tourists and local communities.
• Protecting land from degradation through managing weeds in native vegetation, fencing remnant vegetation and improving its condition and establishing shelterbelts that benefit biodiversity and economic production.
• Returning degraded plantations and other landscapes to native vegetation through natural regeneration and plantings.

This is part of a detailed national proposal being coordinated by NRM Regions Australia.

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MARINUS LINK & BATTERY OF THE NATION

Marinus Link approx. $3.5b and Battery Of The Nation approx. $900m to replace coal-fired power stations on mainland Australia with Tasmanian Made Renewable Energy.

Together these projects will create thousands of jobs and enable delivery of low-cost, reliable and clean generation and storage that provide benefits to the entire National Electricity Market (NEM) – working to make the best use of Tasmania and Australia’s renewable energy resources. CCA supports the State Government and Federal Government working with TasNetworks and Hydro Tasmania to progress these important projects.

Marinus Link approx. $3.5m – will provide 1500MW capacity undersea and underground electricity connection between Tasmania (Burnie) and Victoria (Hazelwood) and 220 km of transmission upgrades in North West Tasmania. Transmission capacity is required for renewable energy projects in Tasmania to go ahead. Tasmania’s wind generation capability is 25% higher capacity than other Australian locations.

Battery of the Nation approx. $900m – will provide hydropower expansion including pumped hydro capability. This will create a huge scale, long duration storage that will enable variable renewable energy systems such as wind and solar generation to be built and replace retiring coal power stations in the NEM. Three sits have been shortlisted and one will be chosen as the preferred option in late 2020. The capital cost of Tasmania’s pumped hydro storage is 30% lower than mainland costs.

JOBS TRANSPORT INDEPENDENCE PROJECT

The Jobs-Transport Independence Project (JTIP): developing transport independence for 250 individuals to strengthen local labour markets. Approx. $1M required.

Businesses and employment providers across Australia confirm that access to transport is a significant barrier to employment. The JTIP will open employment opportunities to individuals without their own transport, who are unable to take advantage of public transport due to route limitations, timetabling, access or cost. The JTIP will offer immediate transport solutions in the form of a free shuttle service, allowing initial job acquisition and will then support individuals to obtain their drivers licenses, with driving lessons and assistance with license acquisition, as well as providing micro-financing support to permit the purchase of a vehicle to ensure absolute transport independence within a six-month period. A mandatory component of the project is the up skilling of candidates with employer requested training including, job maintenance and employer expectations. The project aims to deliver and support 250 jobs to the region over a two-year period.

A feasibility study has been undertaken and the benefits far exceed the costs. Although local conditions and specifics obviously vary, for each employment opportunity (at a unit cost of $4,000), a minimum of $30,000 per person can be returned to the local economy because of increased economic participation and less reliance on government support.

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DEVONPORT SOUND AND LIGHT SHOW

The Devonport Sound and Light Show will install a unique tourism attraction and performance technology for local arts and cultural expression. Estimated cost $3M.

The Devonport Sound and Light Show will install a unique tourism attraction and performance technology for local arts and cultural expression.

This project will create a destination experience, delivered in the twilight/evening hours as a unique attraction that will be highly visible from the Spirit of Tasmania upon arrival and within the new Waterfront Park precinct that is currently under construction in Devonport.

The interpretive show will run for approximately 12-15 minutes and may be programmed to run multiple times each evening. The concept has been created by internationally recognised creative designers, Mandy Lights, and incorporates captivating visual and sound elements based on unique local surrounds, celebrating the beauty and distinction of four themes synonymous to the area – Mountains; Fields; the City; the River and Strait. In addition to the evening show, the lighting poles are designed as artistic elements in their own right, providing a sculptural public art installation during daylight hours.

The infrastructure supporting this principal show will also be used to develop further Sound and Light Show content via future commissions and can support student and community projects. The installation can also be used to support other musical and community events to be held in the Waterfront Park Amphitheatre and Events Lawn areas.

The project total cost is $3m and is anticipated to create 13.7 ongoing indirect jobs.

TABLE CAPE RESORT

The Table Cape Resort will be an internationally recognised luxury resort built at Table Cape and will provide over 98 ongoing jobs with a total project cost of $55M.

The Tasmanian tourism industry is in great demand, enjoying exponential growth through interstate and international visitors. Table Cape Enterprises aims to design and build an internationally recognised luxury resort (Table Cape Resort) and associated facilities located on the headland of Table Cape on the North West Coast of Tasmania.

Table Cape Resort will be designed as a 60-room facility with all suites facing the ocean and featuring a closed balcony with a wet area that with a private hot tub. The accommodation will cater to the high-end leisure tourists, primarily to couples’ markets.

The resort will also include a fine dining signature restaurant with breathtaking views over the ocean and mountains, a dedicated area especially designed for wedding ceremonies, a meeting room for small seminars and events, a bar and lounge, a gym and fitness centre, swimming pool, car parking and day spa.

The design of the development blends in with the rural landscape and adeptly utilises the spectacular and unique attributes of the location at Table Cape. It adopts a low profile which minimises visual impact. Other key components of the project that are committed to environmental sustainability include state of the art water recycling system and reuse, harvested rainwater, green roof reducing stormwater runoff and increasing thermal performance of the building, minimisation of agricultural land loss – ability to grow flowers and crops on green roof, utilisation of solar power on rooftops of resort rooms, use of natural raw materials including stone and Tasmanian timber.

Table Cape Enterprises is currently looking for a Joint Venture for the $55m project that will provide 98 ongoing full-time jobs and 234 construction jobs.

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TAYATEA WALKING TRAIL INTRO

TAYATEA WALKING TRAIL

The Tayatea Walking Trail will explore the Tarkine and boost tourism in the far north west. Estimated cost $20M.

This project delivers a 4 day/ 3 night walk which begins in the Rapid River Valley on the Tarkine Loop Road and concludes at Mount Boulton adjacent to the Western Explorer Road and the Norfolk Range. It activates a remote part of the Arthur Pieman Conservation area and traverses the Tayatea Bridge through the wilderness to Corinna and beyond. The project will also provide an interpretation centre at the start of the trail that would also provide information for other value adding activities such as mountain biking trails on Luncheon Hill and kayaking on the lower sections of Rapid River and the Arthur River. Tayatea Trail takes its name from the aboriginal name for the Giant Freshwater Crayfish.

The provision of this opportunity creates an enviable liveability opportunity in the far north west of the state promoting the unique landscapes and experience of the natural ecosystems in the area. The project has the ability to catalyse and foster a unique multi-user experience. By providing a multi-day walk connected to kayak experience along the Pieman river or the remote West Coast Arthur Pieman Conservation area provides a value adding to the attributes of the area.

A walk of this calibre could expect 6000-7000 walker per year. With users paying an average of $200-250 each an expected annual income of around $1.5M is feasible.

A Facebook survey was conducted with the Circular Head community to garner support for the project on the 21st December 2018. Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation is supportive of this project and has provided a letter of support. The Circular Head Walking Club is supportive of this proposal.

WESTERN EXPLORER ROAD SEALING

The Western Explorer Road Sealing will increase access to the West Coast from Circular Head for the growing renewable energy and aquaculture industries and provide a tourist drive to view the Tarkine area. The project has total project cost of $25M.

The Western Explorer Road project is to provide an 80km all-weather serviceable interregional road between the West Coast via Corinna and the Circular Head. The project will seal the currently gravel road and widen and realign some sections of the road. This will expand connectivity between the two regions, provide greater connectivity to the Circular Head region to help expand renewable energy investment and support the tourism industry through providing an elevated tourism experience and greater knowledge of the natural ecosystems that sustain the area. The Western Explorer Highway C249 joins the North and Southern ends of the Tarkine and offers visitors to the region the opportunity to drive either end of the Tarkine without having to backtrack.

The greater interconnectivity provided by this project will enhance the liveability of the Cradle Coast. The project will stimulate entrepreneurial investment across the region as the reliability of tourism experiences can be sustained all year round: both guided and self-drive. The project has the capacity to add a significant number of indirect jobs in a diversity of tourism and renewable energy related opportunities in the transport corridor. In the year to Dec 2019, it was reported that there were 29,000 visitors to Corinna and 38,000 to the Arthur River. While this is high only 23-26% of those visitors stayed overnight at Corinna and Arthur River compared to 46% at Stanley which has 107,000 visitors. There is great potential to disperse tourists more broadly in the region.

A feasibility study is currently being conducted by the State Government.

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NEW CIRCUS BUILDING

A new purpose built facility for the Slipstream Circus in Ulverstone. Estimated cost $2.86M.

This project will build a circus focused performing arts training space that is fit for purpose and will fill a current gap for community, professional and educational groups. This space will offer flexibility for use by many performing arts and community groups on the NW coast.