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The stalled Bridgewater Bridge project and a plan for light rail through Hobart and Glenorchy are among a handful of projects being considered by Tasmania's new independent infrastructure boss.
Inaugural Infrastructure Tasmania CEO Allan Garcia, a former Local Government Association CEO, has unveiled his priorities for the new financial year.
Mr Garcia said he believed Tasmanian projects were at risk of being overlooked by the Federal Government for funding.
He said he would place special focus on an unfunded, multi-million-dollar plan to replace the Bridgewater Bridge north of Hobart, and on a review of the need for a light rail service between Hobart and Glenorchy.
Mr Garcia believed Tasmania could miss out from the Prime Minister Tony Abbott's promised infrastructure spending blitz if it did not improve its coordination of major projects.
"Unfortunately, some of the activity's been targeted towards Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane," he said.
He said interstate capitals were getting the most attention from the national infrastructure body.
"Infrastructure Australia recently did an audit and in that process what they were finding is the Melbournes, the Sydneys, the Brisbanes were getting bigger."
We want to make sure we have a bridge over the river at Bridgewater that can be built.
Allan Garcia, Infrastructure Tasmania CEO
Mr Abbott has said he wants to be an "infrastructure Prime Minister", but apart from the decade-long program of upgrades to the Midland Highway and ongoing irrigation investments, there are few major projects on the cards in Tasmania.
Infrastructure Australia currently focuses only on projects worth at least $100 million, although it is considering taking on smaller projects in Tasmania and the Northern Territory.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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