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Labs on target

DTAE’s Analytical Services Tasmania laboratories at New Town are on target for completion by early July.

From being a concrete slab in February, construction is now well-advanced.

Manager Admin Services Kevin Thomas, who has oversight of the project for DTAE, said that the construction contract amounts to .68 million.

The new construction will enable the laboratories to be co-located at St Johns Park in New Town instead of being split between there and the University of Tasmania. This should enable the labs to capitalise on synergies that already exist with the adjacent Police and Emergency Services and Health and Human Services laboratories.

The work of Analytical Services is a critical part of the Environment Division and provides a broad range of analytical services and advice to government agencies, private companies and the community.

Some of the activities of the laboratories include: chemical analysis of drinking, surface, ground and waste waters; chemical analysis of food products; and identification and enumeration of freshwater and marine algae.

Most samples analysed by AST are completed in five to 10 working days. However in the case of emergencies like algal toxins they can be turned around in 24 hours.