This week, as part of a greater City Deal announcement, the Prime Minister of Australia announced Federal Government support for Hobart Airport to the tune of $82.3M over the life of the City Deal.
The Hobart City Deal is a shared 10-year vision between the Australian and Tasmanian Governments and aims to support Hobart, and Tasmania more broadly, in meeting growth expectations over the next decade.
The $82.3M will directly support the provision of border services at Hobart Airport including customs and immigration infrastructure as well as quarantine staff over this 10-year period.
We continue to plan for the development of a terminal to meet growth domestically, and to allow for international opportunity by the end of 2020.
Camera traps are also used to monitor the movements and better understand the behaviour of animals in the airport environment.
Since the installation of camera traps in early 2016, images collected have shown that many threatened species use the environment around and within the airport boundary including the Tasmanian Devil, the Spotted quoll and the Tasmanian bettong.
We recognise our role in protecting the biodiversity of the airport and Tasmania more broadly and are confident this technology will assist us in doing so.
Initial testing of virtual fencing devices in Tasmania has seen a 50 per cent reduction in road kill deaths over a three-year period and has been instrumental in protecting the remaining Tasmanian Devil population.
The virtual fencing will be monitored by Hobart Airport’s environment team to capture and report data on the rates of roadkill deaths in the area and better understand the behaviour of the animals that call the airport home.