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Department of State Growth

Western Tasmania Export Corridor Plan

The Tasmanian Government, through the Department of State Growth, has developed the Western Tasmania Export Corridor Plan (the Plan), with the support of a grant from the Australian Government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund.

The Plan aims to support Western Tasmanian mining industry development through improving the productivity and efficiency of export supply chains in the region.

The objectives of the Plan are to support industry growth and development through:

  • Improved supply chain productivity and efficiency; and
  • Enhanced infrastructure capacity where required.

The Plan identifies that there is sufficient infrastructure capacity in place to meet current demand and a range of future growth scenarios, and highlights the importance of ongoing planning and monitoring of mining sector developments.  

It also identifies that there are opportunities to continue to enhance the efficiency of existing mining supply chains.

A primary focus for the Government will be preparing detailed analysis of roads and bridges for both existing and possible future vehicle configurations, enabling targeted enhancements to public infrastructure such as bridges to improve supply chain productivity and efficiency.   

Regular, ongoing monitoring of mining sector growth and projected demand will also be key.

Through implementing the actions outlined in this Plan the Government will ensure that the development of the Western Tasmanian mining industry continues to be supported by productive and efficient transport infrastructure.

The Plan builds on a previous infrastructure audit, the Western Tasmania Industry Infrastructure Study (WTIIS), completed in 2012, which identified transport as the primary infrastructure priority for the region.

The Plan was informed by the 2011-12 Tasmanian Freight Survey and a consultancy which included an extensive program of industry discussions with representatives from mining, agriculture and forestry industries, and comprehensive supply chain mapping. Infrastructure owners and managers including TasPorts, TasRail and State Growth Roads Division were also consulted.

Consultancy report