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Department of State Growth

Caterpillar Transition Taskforce

The Caterpillar Transition Taskforce was established by the Tasmanian Government in April 2015 and chaired by Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff.

Its role was to understand the ramifications in Burnie and the broader north west/north region of Tasmanian of the downsizing of Caterpillar, and to consider local solutions and ideas that would enable stimulus activity to support the region and sector to recover and grow. Tasmania has a long and proud history of manufacturing innovation and achievement. The sector is resilient and there is much reason to be optimistic.

The industry's willingness to identify new opportunities for the sector, has been very positive and marks a great future for advanced manufacturing in Tasmania. Industry lead initiatives include

  • For the first time, the Tasmanian manufacturing industry has the support of a single, state wide industry association, the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council (TMEC). TMEC will represent the sector, linking business through new opportunities and diversification, enhancing the capability that already exists and maximising the capacity within the sector.
  • The release of a new and exciting promotional video showcasing the capabilities of the Tasmanian manufacturing industry.

The Caterpillar Transition Taskforce (taskforce) released its final report on 26 May 2016.