Tasmania’s two federal Liberal MPs are hopeful that the manufacturing sector in their Northern electorates will be involved in the construction of the new Spirit of Tasmania vessels.
Bass MHR Bridget Archer and Braddon MHR Gavin Pearce have both expressed a desire to see Northern Tasmania’s advanced manufacturing expertise put to good use when the time comes for the replacement ferries to be built.
It comes as a state government-appointed taskforce looks at options for the new Spirit builds, after a memorandum of understanding with Finnish shipbuilder Rauma Marine Constructions was scrapped.
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Mrs Archer would like to see Bell Bay in her electorate make a contribution to the construction process.
“While I look forward to the final report from the expert taskforce commissioned by the Tasmanian government, I would, of course, welcome any involvement by Tasmanian manufacturers and, in particular, involvement of our own Bell Bay Advanced Manufacturing Zone, in Northern Tasmania,” she said.
Mr Pearce said it was appropriate that the government had established a taskforce and he looked forward to its recommendations.
“The North-West Coast has a wealth of experience and capacity in the advanced manufacturing sector and I look forward to our region contributing to and benefiting from the opportunities that arise,” he said.
Tasmanian Liberal senator Eric Abetz, meanwhile, said a Tasmanian build was “always my instinctive preference”, especially given that it was close to a $1 billion project.
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