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The Hodgman Liberal Government’s number one priority is jobs, which is why there are now 10,000 more Tasmanians employed since the 2014 election.

This is great news for all job-seekers throughout the state and we want to continue the momentum.

Accordingly, The Hodgman Liberal Government’s Tasmanian Antarctic Gateway Strategy will enhance Tasmania’s growing reputation as the key gateway to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.

Antarctic research organisations are already extremely valuable to Tasmania with over 1,200 direct and indirect employees locally and the sector injecting some $180 million into the local economy each year.

In addition, we know the sector has the potential to grow and create even more jobs for Tasmanians, and the Strategy outlines five key areas for us to achieve working in conjunction with the Antarctic community.

Consistent with the Strategy, we will work with the Australian Government to harness investment opportunities in Antarctic science, which in turn will grow the sector and create more jobs for Tasmanians.

The five key areas we will focus on are:

• Enhancing Hobart’s standing as an international Antarctic and Southern Ocean research hub;

• Attracting international Antarctic programs to visit Tasmania;

• Attracting additional research investment and scientific collaboration opportunities;

• Supporting investment in Tasmania’s future Antarctic gateway infrastructure, such as the Macquarie Point Antarctic and Science Precinct; and

• Working with businesses to develop market opportunities for specialised Antarctic equipment.

Our strategy has been developed in consultation with participants of the Antarctic sector in Tasmania and we continue to work closely with the Tasmanian Polar Network as the industry peak body.

The Government has also established the Tasmanian Antarctic Gateway (TAG) advisory group to be chaired by Dr Tony Press, which will build on the opportunities in the Antarctic sector and progress the strategy.

Dr Press was previously director of the Australian Antarctic Division and conducted the inquiry which led to the Australian Government’s Australia Antarctic Strategy and 20 Year Action Plan.

The Tasmanian Antarctic Gateway Strategy: Strengthening Tasmania’s position as an international Antarctic gateway is available at http://antarctic.tas.gov.au/strategy/

Elise Archer, Minister for Environment and Parks