Next week, the Tasmanian Major Projects Conference returns to showcase the biggest projects in the State pipeline

Conference presenters David Pollington, Chief Operating Officer at UPC\AC Renewables (left), Mary Massina, Chief Executive Officer at Macquarie Point Development Corporation (right).

With a booming infrastructure sector and an influx of new development opportunities, the business confidence in Tasmania is continuing to grow. From road and rail to water and renewables, the Tasmanian Major Projects Conference will delve into the high-priority infrastructure projects that are helping to drive growth within the State and reinvigorate the economy post-COVID.

On the 20th and 21st of April, this event will gather industry professionals and key stakeholders for two full days of valuable networking, insightful keynote presentations and lively panel discussions. Discussing the projects currently underway in Tasmania, the projects in planning and the key issues and challenges that exist within the industry, the conference is an exclusive opportunity to gain the latest updates and build a valuable network of connections.

Opening up the conference, Councillor Danny Gibson from the City of Launceston will share the impressive plans to re-energise Launceston and give an overview of the projects driving this transformation. Heading south, Bec Thomas from Glenorchy City Council will discuss the Hobart City Deal and how the partnership is fostering steady growth and nurturing opportunities within the region.

Focusing strongly on renewables, the conference will highlight some of the most significant projects that are cementing Tasmania’s reputation as a leader in clean energy. Lyndon Frearson from the Granville Harbour Wind Farm will discuss the details of the $280 million project, while Bess Clark from TasNetworks will provide an overview of the largest infrastructure project in Tasmania’s history: the Marinus Link. As well as this, the massive $1.5 billion Robbins Island Renewable Energy Park will be on display when David Pollington from UPC Renewables joins us and presents the expected benefits and timelines of the project.

In the wake of COVID-19, John Fitzgerald from Tourism Australia will speak on the devastating impacts of the pandemic on local tourism and the economy. John will discuss the measures being taken to revive the tourism sector, the opportunities that have risen after such a tough year and the future of Tasmania as a sustainable and attractive destination.

Mike Brewster, CEO of TasWater, will showcase the Long Term Strategic Plan: 2018-2037 and what it means for the State’s water strategy. Mike will be sharing what the plan entails, the progress made so far and the next steps going forward. Later, Ian Penman from TasWater Capital Delivery Office will provide a contractors perspective on the matter, further discussing the $1.8 billion Capital Works Program as well as the CDO’s role in its implementation.

Condensing news and opportunities from the rail, road, irrigation, tourism and energy sectors into two days, the Tasmanian Major Projects Conference is a must attend for those invested in the future of the Apple Isle.

The 3rd Tasmanian Major Projects Conference will be held on the 20th and 21st of April at the Wrest Point Conference Centre, Hobart.

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