Australian Government to improve Tasmanian freight industry

According to reports from the Australian Government, more than $22 million will be invested into boosting the future freight capacity of northern Tasmania and improve the skills base of the state's maritime workforce.

The investments will include $5.2 million towards a new $8 million intermodal freight terminal at Bell Bay, to facilitate the movement of Tasmania's logging and other bulk freight, with the Tasmanian Government contributing $2.7 million.

The new intermodal freight terminal will make freight movements in and out of Bell Bay more efficient and generate broader economic benefits. Design plans will be finalised later this year with physical works to start in the first half of next year.

In addition, $12 million over four years will go to additional funding for the Australian Maritime College (AMC) at the University of Tasmania which will allow the College to deliver specialised training to over 500 maritime students and $5 million to assist the Australian shipping industry meet its future workforce training needs as part of the government's shipping reforms.

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