It is good to see more development and economic activity taking place in Tasmania. This development in the Prince of Wales Bay Tasmania should be good.

This story from The Mercury.

$3m marina plan

A $3 MILLION marina development that will bring a touch of the Mediterranean to Prince of Wales Bay is set to open by Christmas.

The 160-berth project, being built by Incat’s Clifford family and Pieter van der Woude of CleanLift Marine, will use state-of-the-art decking widely used in Europe and cater for boats up to 35m long.

Craig Clifford said yesterday the development would address a lack of capacity.

“I understand that all the marinas around southern Tasmania have waiting lists at the moment,” Mr Clifford said.

“And that’s particularly difficult when yachts need to move out for Sydney to Hobart time or the Wooden Boat Festival.

“A lot of the major marinas you see in the Mediterranean feature this system.

“So it will be a world leading practice.”

He said the first stage of construction would be ready in time for the festive season.

“We will have just under half the berths available for Christmas we’ll have 60, maybe even up to 80,” he said.

Premier Lara Giddings helped launch the project yesterday and said it was a sign of private sector confidence.

“Private capital investment has been growing for five consecutive quarters, with more than $4 billion invested in the past year,” Ms Giddings said. “The project will have positive flow-on effects for the Prince of Wales Bay area, including existing businesses.”

Mr Clifford said that despite international financial uncertainty, Tasmania was a good place to do business.

“We have been doing business in Tasmania for a long time and will continue to do so in to the future,” he said.

“The economy goes up and down but Tasmania is a good stable place to do business and we enjoy it.”



Photo credit: Australian Wooden Boat Festival | Tourism Tasmania | Nick Osborne