Slipway future to be revealed soon

September 8, 2023 9:53 am in by

TasPorts is expected to reveal the future soon of the Mersey Slipway in Devonport, which has been closed since July last year.

The facility has been on the market, with expressions of interest closing almost two weeks ago.

TasPorts is hoping to secure a long-term lease agreement with a suitably qualified operator for the 11,100 square metre, direct river access site.

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TasPorts discovered a number of environmental issues requiring remediation, after the previous operator vacated the site, which has since been completed.

Local boaties and small commercial vessel operators have been forced to take their craft to Launceston or further afield for dry dock work and in inspections.

TasPorts says it recognises the importance of the slipway to the local community and is continuing to work towards it re-opening.

The original slipway, built and operated by Harry Woods in 1881 on what is now known as Woods Point.


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