Nuyina launch signals new era for Antarctic sector

Published on 18 December 2021

Nuyina © Pete Harmsen/Australian Antarctic Division

The City of Hobart has welcomed today’s official launch of Australia’s new icebreaker RSV Nuyina, signalling a new era in Hobart’s extensive Antarctic history.

Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said today’s event highlighted the need for further investment in the Hobart’s growing Antarctic and Southern Ocean research sector, as recognised in the Greater Hobart City Deal.

“The official launch today of RSV Nuyina further enhances our connection with the icy continent and the Southern Ocean,” Cr Reynolds said.

“Investment in Hobart’s Antarctic sector benefits all Tasmanians. Our Antarctic sector is worth $160 million a year to Tasmania’s economy and employs nearly 1000 Tasmanians.

“But what we’re really looking forward to is a solid funding commitment to the proposed Antarctic and Science Precinct, and the port and wharf upgrades needed at Macquarie Point to support the long-term presence of RSV Nuyina and expanded activities in the sector.”

The establishment of an Antarctic and Science Precinct at Macquarie Point is considered a key infrastructure project that can make a significant contribution to the Tasmania’s recovery from the impacts of COVID-19. It’s anticipated the project will create jobs, encourage private investment, and further develop Antarctic education, diplomacy and business in the region.

“Investment in our Antarctic and science sectors contributes to the value of the sector to our local economy, as well as driving opportunities to further Hobart’s identity as a hub for science and knowledge-based careers,” Cr Reynolds said.

“Construction of the new Antarctic and Science Precinct is expected to create at least 300 direct jobs – and up to 830 jobs – depending on the size of the final facility. These include jobs in construction and in the ongoing operations of the facility.

“I look forward to further collaboration with the federal and state governments in consolidating Hobart’s position as Australia’s Antarctic Gateway.”


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