Public Talks

The museum hosts a regular series of FREE public lunchtime talks. The talks are held on the FIRST Tuesday of each month EXCEPT January from 12.00 midday until 1.00pm in the Royal Society Rooms at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

Join us for our last talk of 2019 on Tuesday 3 December as we look to the future with Matthew Johnston, TasPorts Executive General Manager – Growth, who will discuss the Port Master Plan, first unveiled in August 2019.

Tasmanian Ports Corporation Pty Ltd (TasPorts) is a state-owned company responsible for eleven Tasmanian ports and the Devonport Airport. We run a diverse range of operations across the state with the purpose of facilitating trade for the benefit of Tasmania, through the commercial provision of infrastructure and services. Ninety-nine per cent of Tasmania’s freight moves through our ports.

Bell Bay     image: TasPorts

TasPorts is responsible for the management and maintenance of essential port infrastructure in Tasmania. This includes forestry terminal operations in Bell Bay, Burnie and Hobart, as well as all associated infrastructure at Devonport Airport. TasPorts manages the maintenance of port berths, channels, wharves, landside assets, marine fleet and key navigational aids. Furthermore, the company ensures the safe control and security of all major ports, delivering critical pilotage services, as well as provision of towage, slipway and refuelling facilities, supply of floating plant and equipment for marine engineering projects, and construction and coastal haulage.

Burnie        image: TasPorts

In addition, the company maintains community-use waterfront assets at Sullivans Cove, Inspection Head, King Island, Stanley and Strahan.

In August 2019, TasPorts officially unveiled its Port Master Plan. The Port Master Plan delivers a coordinated statewide vision for the future of Tasmania’s ports with greater capacity and capability at the key ports of Hobart, Bell Bay, Burnie and Devonport. The Plan will ensure port facilities meet future demand as the Tasmanian economy continues to grow. It will guide investment in $200+ million in port infrastructure improvements over the next 15 years.

Hobart       image: TasPorts

Time: 12.00 midday Tuesday 3 December 2019
Place: ROYAL SOCIETY ROOMS, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, (19 Davey Street entrance).

Phone the Maritime Museum on 6234 1427 or email

Future Scheduled talks (subject to change):

January 2020 NO TALK

4 February 2020 TBA

3 March 2020 TBA