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Antarctic Tasmania

Antarctic Tasmania

Antarctic Tasmania

Antarctic Tasmania is a Tasmanian Government agency dedicated to supporting the businesses and organisations that make up the Antarctic sector in Tasmania.

With its ideal location as a staging post for Antarctic voyagers, Hobart, Tasmania's capital city has had connections to Antarctic exploration extending back to 1773.  Today Hobart is not only the hub of Australia’s Antarctic program but is home to a range of national and international Antarctic and Southern Ocean organisations and is a world-class centre for Antarctic and Southern Ocean education and research.

Hobart has developed some unique capacities to support people and organisations with interests in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.  The Tasmanian Polar Network, an organisation with over 60 members, can provide a huge range of specialist goods and services for any Antarctic voyage or activity.

With its range of scientific organisations and international secretariats Hobart is an ideal location for meetings or forums.  It will be the host city for the 35th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting in 2012.

Tasmania's Antarctic cultural heritage, events and attractions and significant community of people who share a passion for the Antarctic continent reinforces the city's Antarctic ambience.  Stand on the docks at Hobart looking south and the next landmass is Antarctica.

Tasmania’s Antarctic community makes a significant cultural and social contribution to Tasmania.  The Tasmanian Government through Antarctic Tasmania continues to build the capability of the Antarctic community, maximise opportunities for continued growth and support endeavours to improve the management and understanding of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems.  It also works to strengthen and promote Tasmania’s Antarctic cultural heritage.

Antarctic Tasmania is the contact point for all businesses and organisations whose activities will help to achieve these goals.

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