Boarding and disembarking planes at Hobart Airport is set to become a little easier following the purchase of five new ramp solutions to increase aircraft accessibility for all passengers.
The new portable equipment will change the way people access aircraft using a sloping ramp rather than stairs.
The graduating slope means those using wheelchairs are able to navigate the ramps reducing and, in some cases, eliminating the need to use the lift.
It also allows passengers to wheel carry-on luggage on and off the plane, making the passenger journey to and from the aircraft easier for all travellers.
As a single storey building there are no stairs for passengers to navigate inside the terminal and we want to ensure this accessibility is extended throughout the entire customer journey.
The ground handling agent in Hobart has been trialing the use of such ramps since September 2018 with the move being well received by the travelling public.
The ramps are expected to be fully operational on flights to and from Hobart Airport by November 2019.
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.