We are currently working on reconfiguring our apron to expand the number of parking bays from five to seven in order to increase parking capacity and improve the efficiency and safety of our airport operations.
As part of this project we have installed five new light poles and bollards with the light heads and electrical work on track to be completed by June 2019.
The lighting will allow for night operations, opening up new freight opportunities for local producers with the additional bays expected to be operational by the 2019 summer peak season.
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.