Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

9 May 2019

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Infrastructure

Welcome $40 million investment to secure future of our productive industries

The Hodgman Liberal Government welcomes the commitment from the Morrison Liberal Government of a $40 million new bulk minerals shiploader at the Burnie port that will help secure the future of Tasmanian mining exports.

This new shiploader will have a greater reach and height to accommodate bigger vessels, replacing the existing 50 year old unit and will dramatically increase productivity by a minimum of 50 per cent in ship loading rates.

It will handle a broad range of commodities, including zinc, nickel, copper, pyrite, lead and differing grades of iron ore.

The investment will be transformative for the local industry, ensuring North West Coast mining remains globally competitive.

Mining and resources are key industries for the North West Coast and this investment will create more jobs with better supply chains and support for the broader region.

This new investment will build on the significant additional assistance provided to Tasmanian exporters by the Morrison Liberal Government through the $200 million extension of the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme, and the rebuilding of key freight and commuter corridors, including the $500 million Midland Highway Action Plan and the $240 million Tasmanian Freight Rail Revitalisation Program.

The Morrison Liberal Government in partnership with the Hodgman Liberal Government has a Plan to grow jobs and protect the Tasmanian way of life.

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