The western Tasmania region is an important part of the state's economy, with mining, tourism, forestry and aquaculture significant economic and employment generating activities. Infrastructure investment is critical to supporting the continued, strong economic performance of the region.
The Western Tasmanian Industry Infrastructure Study was undertaken to develop a list of recommended infrastructure projects for western Tasmania, to encourage and support economic development in the region. The project focused on infrastructure for transport, energy, telecommunications and water, with a 20 year horizon.
The Study was undertaken by Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) and included discussions with infrastructure users in the area, as well as organisations providing and managing infrastructure in and servicing the region.
The project had three sections:
- An audit of existing infrastructure - drawing upon information from providers and managers
- A review of industry operations, development plans, which also sought information on infrastructure limitations and shortcomings
- Development of a prioritised list of recommended infrastructure projects, including assessment of agreed projects using the P50 / P90 cost estimation process.
Of the major infrastructure types examined, the Study has identified transport as the key infrastructure sector for investment, delivering the greatest economic benefits to the region through targeted upgrades across both road and rail. Any investment in the region?s transport sector will also benefit local communities.
The State Government will consider the recommendations of the Study which provide a sound basis on which to develop funding submissions that will feed into State and Commonwealth budget processes.