Infrastructure & Transport

Infrastructure Strategy

  • Labor believes that Tasmania must take a long–term and strategic approach to the co-ordination, planning, investment, use and maintenance of our public infrastructure and private development.
  • Labor believes that Tasmania’s infrastructure must facilitate and support economic development, provide for efficient transport and freight logistics and keep communities connected and safe.
  • Labor supports the Tasmania Infrastructure Strategy and its focus on an integrated approach to decision-making and Tasmania’s future infrastructure priorities.
  • Labor recognises that well-planned and efficiently delivered infrastructure service provision is an important pre-condition to enhanced economic performance and that the Economic Development Plan is a key strategic guide in effectively and efficiently supporting the infrastructure needs of industry and our community.
  • Labor recognises the role of the Tasmanian Infrastructure Advisory Council in advising government on a long–term and strategic approach to Tasmania’s future infrastructure.
  • Labor recognises the importance of engaging with local communities on the future infrastructure and transport needs to ensure solutions are tailored to each community’s needs.

Public Transport

  • Labor believes in providing a public transport system that is integrated, accessible, available, affordable, energy-efficient, user-friendly and comfortable for the entire community on road, light and heavy rail and sea.
  • Labor believes that the provision of public transport is a fundamental priority of government and an absolute right of the Tasmanian community.
  • Labor recognises the role of public transport is connecting communities to basic services and to each other.
  • Labor particularly recognises the role of a reliable, efficient, accessible and affordable public transport system to Tasmanians with limited transport options including seniors, students, people with a disability and those on low incomes as well as for those who choose to commute for work, recreation and to access services.
  • Labor believes that public transport concessions should be available to all Australians who meet the concession requirements, not restricted to only Tasmanian residents.
  • Labor recognises the important role of private hire vehicles and taxis and supports the increased use of Wheel Chair Accessible Taxis.
  • Labor believes that the quality of public transport should not diminish outside of urban areas and that people living in rural and regional communities should not be disadvantaged and should not receive a lower quality of public transport.
  • Labor believes that long-term public transport planning should consider and support integrated road, light and heavy rail and sea infrastructure that can meet the needs of the broader Tasmanian community.
  • Labor supports expanding and upgrading Tasmania’s heritage rail to preserve our heritage assets and to provide unique tourism experiences.
  • Labor supports an expansion of shared pathways and cycle ways to increase active transport linkages between communities and to enhance safety for cyclists.

Freight Transport

  • Labor supports an integrated freight network that supports economic development and efficient freight logistics.
  • Labor supports the retention of Tasmania’s road, rail and ports in public ownership and recognises the strategic advantage of a fully integrated, publicly-owned transport and freight network.
  • Labor supports the ongoing investment and expansion in Tasmania’s rail network and the critical role it plays in transporting bulk freight and enabling mining and primary industries.
  • Labor supports the investment in the Brighton Transport Hub and the strategic move towards a hub-and-spokes approach to freight logistics in Tasmania.
  • Labor recognises the importance of Tasmania’s connections to interstate and international markets through its northern ports and supports a long-term approach to finding sustainable solutions to improve supply chain efficiency and costs for all Tasmania exporters.
  • Labor supports the retention of the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme and the Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme.

Transport Regulation, Safety and Reform

  • Labor supports single national regulators for heavy vehicle, rail and maritime and recognises that this approach improves transport connectivity, increases industry efficiency and improves industry safety and compliance.
  • Labor supports an infrastructure charging system that directly invests revenue back into infrastructure providers and charges based on impact on infrastructure.
  • Labor supports the Tasmanian Road Safety Strategy and the National Road Safety Strategy.
  • Labor believes that the loss of any life while engaging in Tasmania’s transport system is one too many and that government has a responsibility to provide safe transport systems through infrastructure investment and management.
  • Labor supports the Safe System principles approach to road investment and management and supports balancing infrastructure treatments and speed management measures to improve the overall safety and transport efficiency of the Tasmanian road network.
  • Labor recognises the role of the Road Safety Advisory Council and the role it plays in advising government on keeping all road-users safe.

Airports and Air Services

  • Labor supports reliable airport services to facilitate and encourage passenger and freight services.
  • Labor will ensure operators of our airports meet all policy guidelines and work to encourage growth of air freight passenger services and better utilisation of airport terminal facilities.
  • Labor will ensure that privately-operated airport and airport services will continue to upgrade facilities, maintain competitive pricing and strict environment and safety requirements.

Digital Infrastructure

  • Labor appreciates that high-speed broadband will revolutionise how we do business, deliver health care and educate our community.
  • Labor will deliver the National Broadband Network to every home, school, hospital and business in Tasmania with no installation costs.
  • Under Labor, Tasmania will be first to have total NBN coverage of high-speed broadband by the end of 2015 – five years ahead of any other Australian state.
  • Labor supports innovative uses of the NBN such as the Sense-T project, the world’s first economy-wide intelligent sensor network that will combine real-time and historical data to give decision makers more information and make better decisions.
  • Labor supports the creation of digital hubs across the state to ensure all Tasmanians have the opportunity to learn how to utilise the NBN.

Planning

  • Labor believes that the Government’s approach to planning and development should seek to balance and maximise economic, social and environmental outcomes.
  • Labor believes that the expansion of Tasmania’s built environment must be planned carefully so that it is supported by adequate and appropriate infrastructure.
  • Labor believes that built industrial developments are an important contributor to Tasmania’s economy and productivity.
  • Labor believes that Aboriginal, historical and ongoing cultural values are important in land management planning.
  • Labor believes that planning should seek to eliminate social isolation, tackle housing, transport and utilities affordability issues and reduce pollution.
  • Labor will continue to reform the planning system, including by developing and implementing a clear and consistent framework and approach for Local Government planning schemes that focuses on providing common provisions and documentation, and streamlining assessment processes, to minimise compliance costs for builders, developers and consumers.
  • Labor recognises that while planning consistency, clarity and certainty are required, they must be provided in a way that respects and reflects regional differences and the genuine needs and interests of local communities.
  • Labor will continue to support the development and implementation of regional planning strategies, and the Hobart Capital City Plan, in conjunction with relevant local councils.
  • Labor will have a comprehensive assessment process for projects of state significance.
  • Labor will assess crown land to determine its best use.
  • Labor will work with local councils with the aim of ensuring that development proposals are considered within specific, realistic and commercially acceptable timeframes. Labor will continue to deliver planning assessment and appeal times for development proposals that are better than most if not all other States.
  • Labor will allow all interested members of the public a reasonable opportunity to comment on planning and development schemes and proposals.