Wednesday, 19 June 2019 Sydney

Invest In Australia Blog::

  • Second new Bruny Island Ferry ready to be built locally

    The Hodgman Liberal Government welcomes today’s announcement that SeaLink Travel Group has entered into a contract to build a second new passenger and vehicle ferry for the Bruny Island community.

    The $7.5 million vessel will be built by Tasmanian ship builder Richardson Devine Marine (RDM) which is a strong show of confidence in our local advanced manufacturing industry.

    SeaLink’s two new vessels will provide a more reliable, efficient and comfortable service, adding new schedules, faster turn around and a greater crossing capacity.

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  • Court dismisses ACCC proceedings opposing rail freight consolidation

    The Federal Court has dismissed the ACCC’s proceedings against rail companies Pacific National and Aurizon, which related to control of Acacia Ridge Terminal, a key asset in Australia’s intermodal rail network.

    The Court indicated that it would have found that the proposed acquisition had the likely effect of substantially lessening competition in breach of the Competition and Consumer Act had it not been for the undertaking offered to the Court by Pacific National on the last day of the hearing. 

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  • Environment Grants Help Territorians Breathe Easier with AirRater

    Top End residents with lung conditions such as asthma are set to breathe a little easier following today’s launch of the Northern Territory’s AirRater smart phone app.

    The Northern Territory Government, through Environment Grant funding, has supported the University of Tasmania to develop and release the AirRater app in the Northern Territory.

    The AirRater app alerts vulnerable residents when they are at risk from air-borne pollutants such as smoke from wildfires.

    The app can also:

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  • New high-security cells have been built at the Goulburn Correctional Complex for extremist and terrorism-related offenders.

    The new 46-bed unit will house offenders who have demonstrated a commitment to disengage from radical behaviour.

    Security features at the unit include high-definition digital CCTV cameras, thermal-imaging cameras and a high-voltage electric fence.

    These security measures will ensure inmates remain securely inside the facility and will also stop contraband from entering the prison.

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  • US company chooses Sydney for Australian HQ


    US company Signal Energy, LLC has chosen Sydney for its Australian headquarters secured with the assistance of the NSW Government, creating more than 40 jobs and hundreds of indirect jobs in the renewable energy sector.

    Minister for Investment Stuart Ayres said the Tennessee-based company has established an Australian subsidiary, Signal Energy Australia Pty Ltd, based at Barangaroo.

    “Signal Energy is a major engineering, procurement and construction services company and its choice of Sydney is a vote of confidence in our industry’s future,” Mr Ayres said.

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  • Tasmanian artists exploring interstate and international opportunities

    The Hodgman Liberal Government has committed more than $50 000 to helping Tasmanian artists and arts organisations connect with their interstate and international counterparts through Arts Tasmania’s latest funding round.

    Six Artsbridge program recipients will share in more than $36 000 - allowing them to participate in exciting opportunities interstate and overseas, or attract visiting arts professionals to Tasmania.

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  • Strong housing results for Tasmania

    Tasmania’s housing sector remains strong, according to lending finance data released by the ABS today.

    The data shows that lending for the construction of new homes in the year to March 2019 grew 19.2 per cent in Tasmania compared to the previous year. This was the highest in the country and Tasmania was one of only two states that had positive growth.

    The number of first home buyers entering the market continues to grow with 20.5 per cent more first home buyers in the year to March 2019, compared to the previous year. This was the fastest growth rate in the country.

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  • New report tracks internet activity on mobile and fixed lines

    Mobile handsets continue to be the most common way consumers are accessing the internet while the largest volume of data is downloaded over fixed lines, as shown in a new ACCC data report on internet activity.

    The report, for the period ending 31 December 2018, also provides information on the number of retail services in operation (SIOs) by connection type and download speeds as well as the volume of data downloaded within Australia.

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  • National energy market blown away by Tasmanian wind farms

    Today’s unveiling of the first wind turbine at the Cattle Hill Wind Farm is a clear sign of confidence in our State’s renewable energy sector and highlights the huge contribution the sector makes to jobs and investment in Tasmania.

    Such a significant development helps underpin the importance of our Battery of the Nation Plan and the State and Federal Liberal Government’s $86 million investment in that plan and Project Marinus – nationally significant energy developments that have the potential to inject billions into the Tasmanian economy and deliver thousands of local jobs.

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  • West Wyalong solar farm approved

    A new solar farm in West Wyalong will generate 150 jobs during its construction and create renewable energy to power up to 37,500 homes.

    The NSW Government has approved a 100-megawatt solar farm that has the potential to save up to 212,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and reduce overall emissions.

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