REGIONALLY IMPORTANT PROJECTS

There are currently eight regional projects of importance that have been submitted and accepted by the Regional Economic Development Steering Group. Details on the eight 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.

This project is to build up to nine more sections of the coastal pathway including:
Burnie eastern new pathway Fernglade to Heybridge 7.7km,
Heybridge to Sulphur creek widening 3.6km,
Penguin – Penguin CBD – 222 Penguin Road widening 1.7km,
Penguin – 222 Penguin Rd – 581 Penguin Rd new pathway 1.8km,
Ulverstone – Bicentennial Park/Fairway park widening 1.2km,
Ulverstone – Beach Road new pathway 1.5km,
Turners Beach Road upgrade 1.9km,
Devonport Bayview Drv Ambelside to East side upgrade 1.4km and
Devonport Coles Bay link rd to East side new pathway 850m.

The project will also implement whole of pathway signage, community engagement and media program to increase use of the pathway by the local community, including well being and adventure messaging.

The North West Coastal Pathway has the potential to deliver benefits in health and well being, environmental outcomes, particularly as an alternative transport mode, and tourism and the regional economy. Tasmanian’s have the second lowest participation rates for exercise and physical activity nationally – 71% of North West Coast Tasmanian’s are not undertaking 30 minutes of exercise per day which is contributing to poor health outcomes. The North West Coastal Pathway has the potential to provide fundamental infrastructure to allow safe and convenient exercise for people of all ages and abilities in a variety of natural settings.

This project is part of a master plan for a recreational pathway between Latrobe and Wynyard. The plan provides a summary of the desired route, its connections to other pathways and proposals for associated pathway infrastructure from a regional perspective.

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Don RIVER RAILWAY

DON RIVER RAILWAY UPGRADES

A scenic railway from Devonport to Penguin and other Don River Railway upgrades, including a café and function centre. Approx. $5m required.

The project will build upon existing Don River Railway tourist operation with the aim to capture the overnight visitor by offering a more diverse tourist offering including rail trip, heritage museum, interpretation, café, weddings, function centre and regular monthly events. The project will:

  • expand  passenger services to Penguin and the Devonport CBD,
  • deliver a world class interpretation, 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 including interpretation and museum,
  • develop and upgrade the workshop to a commercial operation to cater for other Tasmanian railway specialised maintenance work,
  • construct a new entrance (ticket office) cafe, restaurant and function facility adjoining existing railway building, and
  • deliver DDA compliance access to the site with improved walkways, train 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 2-3 years due to the project is expected to reach $1M pa based on the business plan.

MOBILE PHONE TOWERS

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

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 amoungst 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.

DULVERTON WASTE MANAGEMENT

ORGANIC COMPOSTING

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

The project involves the construction of an organic waste composting facility in Devonport that will process organic waste from the public and collected by local government councils.

Food wastes are 44% of the waste production and a significant contributor to landfill in the Cradle Coast. As organic wastes decompose they release CO2 and methane into the atmosphere; it is estimated that 14% of the worlds CO2 emissions are produced by food waste decompostion. By processing organic wastes instead of putting them in landfill, this project will deliver reduced greenhouse gas emissions, extend landfill lives and create valuable compost by-product for agricultural, nursery, government and residential re-use. As awareness of the benefit of composting organic wastes increases, the community will expect this service as part of their waste management, particularly in urban areas. most of Australia’s major cities and towns are home to a choice of independent organic waste processors – some offering collection services, others drop off only. Food waste collections are available in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and in trial in Noosa. The project will build on the high level of community interest and anticipated participation, to be reinforced by extensive educational advertising and service promotion.

NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT JOBS

200 new land conservation jobs delivered through a “fair share” of a $4b land
conservation stimulus package proposed by NRM Regions Australia. Up to $20m allocated to our region would see people working on weed management, track work and other Natural Resource Management projects.

This project will deliver activities which:
o Align with regional priorities and stakeholder aspirations.
o Support land managers and community groups to protect and restore high value native remnant vegetation and habitat for priority threatened species.
o Support agriculture by facilitating farm planning activities and providing incentives to support improved land management practices such as fencing of waterways, soil management activities and the adoption of innovative farming practices.
o Support Aboriginal projects associated with existing Indigenous Protected Areas and Working on Country programs, Country that the Aboriginal community aspire to become Indigenous Protected Areas.
o Support regional tourism (e.g. trackwork, weed management and Aboriginal business development) and coastal pathway development.
o Support regional resource condition monitoring and mapping (e.g. water quality or soil and vegetation condition assessments).

The project will provide training, materials and operational costs for conservation and land management projects that align with regional strategies, provide a range of training and employment opportunities for both low-skilled and highly-skilled jobseekers, ranging from on-ground labour to technical and management roles.

NRM Regions Australia has developed a proposal for a $4B program that could see 24,000 people transitioned back into the workforce. There are sufficient skilled NRM workers in the Cradle Coast region to plan and manage this project supplemented by an additional workforce.

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FUTURE ENERGY HUB

MARINUS LINK & BATTERY OF THE NATION

Battery Of The Nation and Marinus Link. 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 – working to make the best use of Tasmania and Australia’s renewable energy resources. CCA supports the State and Federal Governments working with TasNetworks and Hydro Tasmania to progress these important projects.

Marinus Link approx. $3.5B – will provide 1500MW capacity undersea and underground electricity connectio between Tasmania (Burnie) and Victoria (Hazelwood) and 220km 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 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 6-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 2-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 as a result of increased economic participation and less reliance on local government support (“breaking the welfare cycle”). The potential Return on Investment is in the order of 750%.

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