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Premier Lara Giddings recently opened major construction company John Holland’s new office in Hobart. The question is: Are they seeking a part of the pulp mill action?

The John Holland Media Release:

Hobart, 22 July 2011: John Holland has opened a permanent office in Hobart as part of its ongoing commitment to Tasmania and planned future growth.

John Holland has had a presence in Tasmania for over 50 years, starting with the construction of the Sorell Causeway in 1958. Since then, John Holland has delivered many significant Tasmanian projects, including North Esk Rail Bridge, the Bass Highway Penguin to Saddle Roadworks, the Waddamana to Lindisfarne Transmission Line Upgrade and the Port Latta Shiploading Facility, at the western end of Bass Strait.

In 2001, John Holland was awarded the contract to upgrade the Sorell Causeway, delivering a 460 metre long structure, comprising 18 spans, two traffic lanes, and a 2.5 metre footpath. More recently, John Holland completed stage 1 of the University of Tasmania’s Medical Science Building in joint venture with Fairbrother and, with joint venture partner Hazell Bros, the southern section of the Brighton Bypass, Tasmania’s largest ever transport infrastructure project.

John Holland’s current projects in Tasmania include stage 2 of the University of Tasmania’s Medical Science Building and the delivery of the new Institute of Marine and Antarctic Science Facility in Battery Point, Hobart. Both projects are being delivered in joint venture with Fairbrother, the latter with the financial assistance of the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR).

“Tasmania remains a key focus for our business, both in terms of emerging building and civil works in the infrastructure sector,” said Chris Evans, Executive General Manager, Infrastructure.

He continued, “The office opening today signals our long-term commitment to the market in Tasmania and reflects the confidence we have in projects we expect to emerge over coming years. We look forward to leveraging our industry leading skills and experience and our existing partnerships with local suppliers to deliver important new projects for the people of Tasmania.”

David Moran, John Holland’s Southern Region General Manager, said the new office will allow John Holland to build on its long history of projects in Tasmania.

“John Holland has a long and proud history in Tasmania and an ongoing commitment to employing local people and engaging local subcontractors. We look forward to making an ongoing investment in the local economy and to working closely with our clients on the delivery of vital new social infrastructure,” he said.

John Holland’s Tasmanian business will be overseen by new State Manager, Tom Finney.

The new office was officially opened by the Premier, the Hon. Lara Giddings, MP, at an event yesterday evening.

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