Labor has hit out at the state government over inaction on the redevelopment of major North-West ports, despite funding pledges.
State deputy opposition leader Anita Dow has criticised ongoing delays in the construction of a new shiploader at Burnie Port, saying it was time for the government to "get on with critical upgrades".
"The installation of a new shiploader at Burnie Port promised by the Federal Liberals in 2018 to be delivered by Peter Gutwein is behind schedule," Ms Dow said.
"At the 2019 Federal Election, the Liberals promised $40 million for the new shiploader and in November 2019... TasRail stated work would commence in 2020 and be completed this year.
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"The project is (now) expected to start late this year and be completed by late 2022."
Ms Dow said a project this important in terms of securing jobs needed to be more of a priority.
During the election campaign, the state government also pledged $385 million for a major redevelopment of the Devonport and Burnie ports.
Mr Gutwein said this was to "deliver increased passenger and freight access."
It would also see Burnie port redeveloped into a dedicated bulk export terminal, a project deemed as a priority by Infrastructure Australia in February.
Ms Dow said with Tasmania's unemployment rate sitting "at the highest in the country" these projects needed to get underway "urgently".
A Government spokesperson said work on the new shiploader started last year with TasRail "now well advanced with the planning, design and tender for the new shiploader".
"TasRail is currently in the final stage of assessing submissions and settling contract negotiations. The Tasmanian Government looks forward to seeing construction of this critical upgrade... commencing later this year and completed in late 2022."
They said the work on the Devonport port "started this week and is on track to get moving next month."
It is due to be complete in December 2026. A business case for the Burnie port is due to be presented to Infrastructure Australia by August.