NORTHERN Tasmania will get federal intervention to solve its sea freight problem whoever is elected to government on September 7.
Federal Bass candidates representing the three major parties last night all identified the lack of regular and efficient sea freight out of Bell Bay as one of the region's major challenges.
Bass Labor MHR Geoff Lyons told more than 70 people at a Launceston Chamber of Commerce election forum at the Tailrace Centre that Labor would be taking action to ease the region's freight problem in its first 100 days in office if re-elected.
Mr Lyons said that he supported the Pivot Maritime proposal to run a trade and training vessel on a weekly service between Bell Bay and Brisbane where export goods could be loaded directly on to a number of international shipping services.
Bass Liberal candidate Andrew Nikolic said that his party would have a productivity commission study completed in its first six months as a government into the equity of the Bass Strait Equalisation Scheme and on better shipping out of the state.
Bass Greens candidate Lucy Landon-Lane also favoured the Pivot Maritime proposal, which director Jeff Hawkins has already presented to the federal government for funding approval.
The forum was without controversy or heckling despite a cross-section of political views in the audience.
The candidates agreed on more than they disagreed, with all of them pledging to do something about cleaning up the Tamar estuary.
Mr Lyons said most people agreed that dredging was not the solution and that engineering needed to be designed to handle separate stormwater and sewerage when it rained and produced spills into the Tamar.
Ms Landon-Lane said that the proposed Bell Bay pulp mill was not an issue this election campaign because people wanted to move on and put it behind them.
Mr Nikolic wanted more incentive for big business to invest in Tasmania.