Today’s announcement by the Tasmanian Government and Macquarie Point Corporation prioritising an Antarctic and Science precinct at Macquarie Point was welcomed by the Tasmanian Polar Network.

“The Antarctic and Science precinct is a key growth opportunity for the sector and our members are highly supportive and will continue to be pro-active in its development.” said Mr Richard Fader, Deputy Chair of the TPN.

The Antarctic and Southern Ocean sector has been a long-term winner for Tasmania. It returns an economic benefit in excess of $180 million per year to the Tasmanian community and employs over 750 people. Regular visits of international icebreakers, an increasing number of cargo and passenger flights from Hobart Airport using the new RAAF C17 Globemaster aircraft and the construction of a new Australian icebreaker, and a new station at Macquarie Island are important infrastructure capability developments.

“The Antarctic and Southern Ocean sector is experiencing a buoyant time and a precinct development at Macquarie Point would make the sector an internationally visible focus point of the Hobart Antarctic Gateway.” Mr Fader explained.