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New lathe fast tracks Tasmania’s rail future

Roger with TasRail’s CEO Damien White

Roger was delighted to attend the commissioning of TasRail’s new Under Floor Wheel Lathe.

It was my pleasure today to attend the commissioning of TasRail’s new Under Floor Wheel Lathe in Burnie today, which will help prepare Tasmania for our future freight needs while creating a much-needed boost for the North-West economy.

Building a stronger economy and creating more jobs is the Hodgman Liberal Government’s number one priority, so Tasmanians can earn a living for themselves and their families. The building of the lathe is a great example of our Buy Local policy at work, creating 35 new local jobs in Burnie and directly benefitting many local businesses now and into the future.

While the highly specialised lathe was supplied by German Company, Hegenscheidt the civil works which brought the lathe to life were completed by local company Stubbs Construction.

By reducing wheel wear and rail noise, improving fuel consumption, reducing maintenance costs, and providing a safer workspace, this infrastructure is not only great for TasRail, but is the future transport infrastructure Tasmanians deserve.

With our buoyant economy and strong projected growth across sectors such as mining, improved transport infrastructure will help ensure our rail network operates as efficiently as possible, now and into the future.

It’s another great example of how the Hodgman Liberal Government is Building Tasmania’s Future, investing in infrastructure that enables business to grow and make it easier for our key business sectors to take advantage of opportunities.

It is expected to be fully operational by September.