Work on Burnie's Port ready to steam ahead

Media Release

WT263/2014

12 December 2014

Joint release with:

Brett Whiteley

Federal Member for Braddon

Work on the $12 million Burnie Port Optimisation Project will start in the coming weeks.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the project is of strategic importance to Tasmania’s freight system and will help improve the efficiency of container movements at Burnie Port.

“The Optimisation project will create a high productivity transport link for all freight users within the port precinct,” Mr Truss said.

The Australian Government has provided $4 million towards the project, as part of the $20 million exporter assistance package announced in March 2012.

Federal Member for Braddon Brett Whiteley said the redevelopment of the southern railyard will provide additional space for longer trains and capitalise on the efficiencies generated by the Brighton Transport Hub.

“The project will also increase capacity of the existing container storage area, achieved by the relocation of the current rail unloading area,” Mr Whiteley said.

“Trains will no longer be shunted along the Burnie foreshore, including during the early hours of the morning, giving the community safer access to the beach, boardwalk and playground.

“Upgrades to security gate arrangements will also improve safety for port users and the general public.

“The project will be delivered by TasPorts in collaboration with TasRail and Toll under a Memorandum of Understanding between the three entities.

“It is a great example of the Australian and Tasmanian Governments working with the private sector to invest in infrastructure that will boost freight productivity and help grow our economy.”

The Burnie Port Optimisation Project is being jointly funded, with $4 million from the Australian Government, $2 million from Toll, $1 million from TasRail, and the balance from TasPorts.