The Australian Wooden Boat Festival Inc is excited to announce a new partnership with iconic Tasmanian owned 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. The first, a 6.8m x 3m floating stage, designed by Marc Richards. This new floating stage brings the AWBF a unique opportunity to bring more people to the waterfront, by connecting land and water audiences. The AWBF have run out of waterfront land, so this new concept will provide another venue for entertainment.
Popular across Europe, floating stages enhance entertainment programs by facilitating moving audiences. The stage is to be used for other events, as the platform will be available for hire to other events in Hobart.
“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.
Incat will be taking the opportunity to utilise several apprentices on the project. 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. The new pontoons will encourage more activities in Constitution Dock by allowing easier access for patrons,” said one 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. Partnering with Incat will ensure quality Tasmanian-made products that will last for years to come,” said AWBF General Manager, Paul Stephanus.
A new pontoon is also being constructed, to be completed in time for 2023. This is to be used in Constitution Dock, or along Elizabeth Street Pier to provide easier access to boats for boat owners.