Macquarie Wharf Contract Awarded Mon 2 July 2012 David O'Byrne Minister for Infrastructure The Infrastructure Minister, David O'Byrne, today congratulated Fairbrother Pty Ltd on winning the contract to transform Hobart's Macquarie Wharf Number 2 Shed into a world-class Antarctic and cruise ship centre. Tasports announced Fairbrother Group as the successful contractor today, and construction work on the $7 million project will begin in the next few weeks. "This is yet another exciting development at a uniquely exciting time on the Hobart waterfront," Mr O'Byrne said. "From the modern redevelopment of Princes Wharf Number One Shed, the provision of PW2 for the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, and the $50 million rehabilitation of the Hobart railyards for future use, we're transforming this waterfront into a modern and dynamic place, which attracts people to work, play and live. "As well as making it a fantastic place to spend time, that unique waterfront renaissance will create jobs and social opportunities for years and decades to come," he said. Mr O'Byrne said today's announcement is a win for tourism, Antarctic research, and local construction jobs, all in one. "This Antarctic and cruise ship centre will provide a massive boost for those two important industries, and another source of pride for people who love the Hobart waterfront," Mr O'Byrne said. "Fairbrother is a well-respected local company, and now has a chance to share in that pride and achievement. "Hobart has the highest concentration of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic researchers in Australia, and the Government is working strongly with the industry to attract more East Antarctic nations to adopt Hobart as their Antarctic gateway. "Our deep-water port is also going from strength-to-strength as a cruise ship destination, with another bumper summer coming up. "Both tourism and our Antarctic industry are identified as key growth sectors in the Tasmanian Government's Economic Development Plan, which helps find new sustainable markets and create the jobs of tomorrow," he said. Mr O'Byrne also congratulated Tasports for recently completing a $4 million remediation of Macquarie Wharf Number 4. "Tasports has responded promptly and decisively to replace corroded concrete under the wharf," Mr O'Byrne said. "The recent investment ensures this major Hobart wharf remains strong, safe and fit-for-purpose in the years and decades ahead," he said.