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Grueber Avenue opens as Hobart Airport redevelopment continues



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Darren Chester Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Eric Abetz Senator for Tasmania

Joint Media Statement

10 March 2017

Grueber Avenue opens as Hobart Airport redevelopment continues

 Access road opens to Hobart Airport runway extension project, to help Tasmania leverage jobs and investment from tourism and freight industries

Senator for Tasmania Eric Abetz officially opened Grueber Avenue today, the new Hobart Airport access road connecting the suburb of Seven Mile Beach to the Tasman Highway.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the new road opening was a major milestone for the Hobart Airport runway extension and precinct re-development project.

“The airport extension is a crucial investment in Tasmania’s ability to harness the massive economic benefits of increased tourism and international trade. That’s why the Coalition Government is investing $38 million in the runway extension project, which includes the Grueber Road work,” Mr Chester said.

Senator Abetz said changes to the existing road network were vital to ensure aircraft operated safely when the runway extension project was complete.

“This major project which will see new export opportunities is only happening because of the Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team's strong advocacy to have the project fully funded as a 2013 election commitment,” Senator Abetz said.

“In April, Surf Road will close, with Pittwater Road remaining open for access to the eastern end of Seven Mile Beach, and pedestrian and cyclist access maintained via Surf Road.

“The development of Grueber Avenue provides an easier, more direct exit from Hobart Airport for people dropping off and picking up visitors, and also for users of the long-term car park.

“Grueber Avenue will also provide access to the proposed Clarence City recreational grounds when developed, reducing additional traffic going through the Seven Mile Beach community.”

Grueber Avenue joins the southern end of Holyman Avenue, which runs along the western side of the airport, and links to Surf Road in Seven Mile Beach.

The 2.1-kilometre road will allow continued access to the Tasman Highway when the section of Surf Road, which runs along the southern end of the runway, closes in April.

Work on the Hobart Airport runway extension remains on track, with completion due in March 2018.

Media Contacts For Mr Chester: Kate Barwick 0408 072 809

For Senator Abetz: Office 03 6224 3707