Big Plans for Maritime Jobs and Development Wed 10 October 2012 David O'Byrne Minister for Economic Development Download hi-res version Three of southern Tasmania's busiest maritime sites are joining forces to support industry and jobs. The Minister for Economic Development, David O'Byrne, today launched the Derwent Maritime Industrial Sites Master Plan. It links Prince of Wales Bay, the Domain Slipyard, and Macquarie Point wharves under one strategic vision. "Tasmania has a rich maritime history - whether in shipbuilding, fishing, aquaculture or research," Mr O'Byrne said. "As a small island in a key location, many of our major industries still rely on the sea. "It's a real natural Tasmanian strength - and playing to our strengths is exactly what this Government's economic strategy is all about. "Prince of Wales Bay, the Domain Slipyard, and Macquarie Point wharves host some of Tasmania's biggest and busiest marine industries. "This master plan gets them pulling in the same direction when it comes to land use, innovation and strategy - working together to grow jobs and opportunities. "The Government's pleased to be supporting our marine industries, by helping bring them together to achieve efficiencies and share ideas," he said. The master plan has involved broad consultation with marine stakeholders, and proposes an enhanced industrial precinct at Prince of Wales Bay. Mr O'Byrne also joined Incat's Kim Clifford to launch the Tasmanian Fast Ferry Museum. "Incat has become an iconic Tasmanian achiever," Mr O'Byrne said. "This fantastic new attraction celebrates the Clifford family's years of innovation and success, as well as their contribution to the Tasmanian community and economy. "Many a marine industry and job has been spawned by Incat's leadership in the industry. "We need to celebrate our Tasmanian success stories, and present them as an example for other innovative and ambitious Tasmanians to follow," he said.