The Tasmanian Government has announced Fiarbrother Pty Ltd as the winning bidder for the $7 million contract to transform Hobart’s Macquarie Wharf Number 2 Shed into a world-class Antarctic and cruise ship centre.

"This Antarctic and cruise ship centre will provide a massive boost for those two important industries, and another source of pride for people who love the Hobart waterfront," State Infrastructure David O’Bryne said.

"Hobart has the highest concentration of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic researchers in Australia, and the Government is working strongly with the industry to attract more East Antarctic nations to adopt Hobart as their Antarctic gateway.

A new report published by the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (BREE) confirms that the increasingly strong demand for commodities has confirmed the massive infrastructure demand in Australia’s regions.

The Barangaroo Delivery Authority has announced that Baulderstone has been selected as the preferred contractor to design and construct Barangaroo’s Headland Park.

Downer EDI Limited has been awarded a contract valued at more than $175 million by Western Power to construct a new transmission line in Western Australia.

The Queensland Government has terminated its $75 million funding deed to the 250 megawatt Solar Dawn project in Chinchilla and the future of the project is now uncertain.  

The New South Wales Government has released draft Industry Action Plans for the manufacturing, professional services, international education and research and digital economy sectors for final consultations.

The 17-month contract involves up-skilling 28 existing workers at the mine and two from the nearby Stanwell power station at Mica Creek.

RailCorp has awarded Siemens a multi-million dollar contract for new intuitive train control technology on the Sydney Blacktown rail network that is based on a similar system used in New York City.


The technology will modernise this part of the network to improve reliability, punctuality and ultimately passenger satisfaction.


Siemens’ Vice President of Mobility and Logistics, Paul Bennett said the Control System is capable of re-routing and prioritising trains automatically in the event of a disruption on the line.


“This intuitive technology helps to predict the best outcome for RailCorp and its assets to effectively respond to any new situation,” he said.


The Siemens Control System can be used to review and verify new timetables offline with the ability to create virtual disruptions and monitor the effects, ensuring accuracy of timetables before they enter service. These same algorithms can be used in the online system during any disruptions to intelligently route and prioritise trains giving the optimal recovery solution.


Siemens and RailCorp’s engineers have begun working to deliver the control system for the Blacktown line which is due to be completed by early 2014, with a phased introduction of the system to be supported by Siemens’ 24/7 technical support and maintenance.

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