Destination Southern Tasmania invites the media to celebrate a new partnership between the Australian Wooden Boat Festival and Incat Tasmania to build much needed new infrastructure for the iconic festival, including a new floating stage.

Incat Tasmania will commence construction of two significant infrastructure projects in June: a 6.8m x 3m floating stage, designed by Marc Richards, and a new pontoon, set to be completed in time for the AWBF 2023.

“This will add a new dimension to next year’s festival,” said Alex Heroys, CEO of Destination Southern Tasmania.

“This is another great example of the innovative thinking and collaboration that has been the strength of our tourism and events industry during recent times,” Mr Heroys said.

Robert Clifford, Founder and Chairman of the company has been a long-term supporter of the Tasmanian Festival which brings thousands of boating enthusiasts from across the country to the Hobart Waterfront biannually.

Incat will be taking the opportunity to utilise several apprentices on the project, where, where under the strong guidance of experienced tradesmen and Incat’s internationally recognised training program, they will be able to continue their pathway to world recognised shipbuilders.

“This partnership will allow the festival to host musical entertainment across the Hobart Waterfront throughout the Festival, and the new pontoons will encourage more activities in Constitution Dock by allowing easier access for patrons,” said Managing Director of Incat, Kim Clifford.

“The projects will bring more life to the festival’s on-water programs, not only for 2023 but into the future and partnering with Incat will ensure quality Tasmanian-made products that will last for years to come,” said AWBF General Manager, Paul Stephanus.

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