Thank you Mr Speaker.
My question is to the Deputy Premier in his capacity as Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.
Deputy Premier, your government wants to make Hobart the world’s premier Antarctic gateway. But are you aware of mounting concerns in the Antarctic community that the poor condition of Hobart’s working port at Macquarie Point could see the icebreaker Nuyina decamp to better facilities in Fremantle in Western Australia or Christchurch, New Zealand? And that Hobart’s entire Antarctic and Southern Ocean sector, worth $160 million to our economy and 950 well-paid jobs, could disappear over the horizon as well?
Half of the wharfs at Macquarie Point, Hobart’s last bit of working port, are basically unusable. This deterioration did not happen overnight, but over years.
Deputy Premier, when will TasPorts submit its business case for the $240m wharf upgrade to Infrastructure Australia, which has listed the project as a national priority?
And given the urgency of this upgrade and fears we could lose the Nuyina icebreaker and Hobart’s Antarctic gateway status to better ports in WA or NZ, why hasn’t the State Government formally raised the Hobart Port upgrade with the new Federal Government?