New bus depot opens Wed 27 June 2012 Nick McKim Minister for Sustainable Transport Download hi-res version Download hi-res version The Minister for Sustainable Transport, Nick McKim, today officially opened a new TassieLink Transit bus maintenance and administration depot at Derwent Park in southern Tasmania. Mr McKim praised TassieLink for the multi-million dollar investment. "This depot not only represents a significant investment by a company intent on providing high quality passenger transport services, it is also a demonstration of TassieLink's commitment to a sustainable Tasmania," Mr McKim said. "The depot incorporates energy efficiency measures including low energy light fittings, heavy duty insulation and double glazed windows. "The carbon footprint has been reduced through use of special concrete and recycling of materials from demolition of the old structures. "It is also friendly to the environment through water saving measures such as capturing rainwater for washing vehicles, recycling of wastewater, low water use fixtures and drought tolerant landscaping." Tassielink general manager Shane Dewsbery said by any standard the investment of $3.2 million in a new depot was significant. "This is on top of the recent acquisition of a new low floor Scania and high floor MAN custom-built buses worth a combined $900,000," he said. "These new vehicles are in addition to eight buses Tassielink has purchased over the past four years, worth an estimated $3.5 million. "Tassielink sees these investments as important for Tasmania and our outer urban transport network seeing the benefits flow onto their customers. "Our investment, along with the investment of other bus operators around the state, positively contributes to the delivery of a passenger transport product as good as anywhere in Australia for Tasmania." Mr McKim said that he was very pleased that increased investment by the State Government in passenger transport and improved contracting arrangements for services was delivering benefits for both passengers and people employed in the industry. "The new facility will not only support the efficient operation of TassieLink's transport network, but it should also prove to be a comfortable and enjoyable place to work," he said.