Prime Minister of Tasmania – GETTING IT FONE: 17 big initiatives in the last five days

April 1, 2022

Peter Gutwein, Prime Minister







Although it has been a busy week with the delivery of the Federal Budget, the Tasmanian Liberal Government has also worked hard to implement our plan to secure Tasmania’s future and on the issues that matter to Tasmanians.

This week alone we have delivered at least 17 key actions to improve the lives of Tasmanians across key areas of health, housing, infrastructure, education and helping the most vulnerable across the state. .

These include:
* Launching free public transportation across the state for five weeks;
* Successfully lobbied the federal government to reduce excise taxes on fuel;
* Freed up over 100 blocks of affordable land for housing;
* Work progressed on 51 new safe accommodation units for young Tasmanians;
* Opened a domestic violence shelter in the downstate;
* We welcomed 11 new graduating dentists and therapists as part of our $5 million investment in dental appointments;
* Advance construction of the new Beaconsfield ambulance station;
* Publication of new legislation on workplace protection for public consultation;
* Advances $80 million Illawarra Road upgrade with contract awarded for stage one;
* Comes on a $10.5 million upgrade to Devonport High School;
* Announcing an additional $5 million investment in student laptops, tablets and internet dongles;
* Work begins on the new $21 million Water and Energy Trades Center of Excellence in Clarence;
* Delivered a new anti-traffic application;
* Launch of the first two state electric buses, alongside Skybus;
* Supported our screen industry with three new projects to share $45,000 in project development funding;
* Launch of the Tasmanian Space Technology Seed Fund of $500,000 to support eligible companies in research and development projects in the space economy; and
* Launching a grant program to help landfill and resource recovery operators, such as local councils, have the right facilities to collect waste data.

Quotes attributable to Prime Minister Peter Gutwein:

“The Liberal Government of Tasmania continues to invest in and deliver the things Tasmanians care about as we deliver on the strong plan we presented at the election to secure Tasmania’s future,” said the Premier. Minister.

“This week alone we have completed at least 17 actions to improve the lives of Tasmanians across the key areas of health, housing, infrastructure, education and helping the most vulnerable across the state. .

“We have already taken strong steps to increase the supply of social and affordable housing in recent years, and this has continued this week with lots in two new developments coming up for sale in the North West, and lots in a third housing estate in Wynyard to be released in the coming weeks.

“The lots will be prioritized for affordable housing and, through our HomeShare program, will allow some to be purchased with a deposit as low as $3,750 – giving more people the opportunity to buy their own home and reduce the pressure on the social housing waiting list.

“In addition, tenders have been issued for the construction of a new Youth2Independence (Y2I) facility in Burnie, which will provide 25 self-contained one-bedroom units, staff quarters and common and associated facilities.

“Work is already underway on a second Y2I facility in Hobart, which will provide 26 units next to the TasTAFE campus in Campbell St, helping more young Tasmanians build their lives through secure housing.

“We are also providing more housing for women and children fleeing domestic violence, with a new three-bedroom property completed at Jireh House in the upstate.

“This will allow women and their children to access care and support when they need it most, providing them with safe and secure accommodation, support services and assistance.

“In health, our commitment to reducing the oral health wait list and providing 20,000 additional dental appointments statewide is well underway, with 11 newly hired graduate dentists and therapists to support these efforts.

“This is part of our $5 million investment to reduce the dental waiting list and will ensure Tasmanians waiting for dental care can access it sooner, improving oral health across the state.

“Construction of the new Beaconsfield Ambulance Station is being delivered, with a tender released for the project which will replace the existing site and provide better healthcare services for the region.

“Our Workplace Protection legislation has also been released for another round of public consultation to ensure that Tasmanians can go to work or operate a business free from threats and disruption, while maintaining the right to every Tasmanian to demonstrate legally.

“We are also providing the infrastructure our state needs, with a contract awarded for the first stage of the $80 million Illawarra Road upgrade, and to help commuters avoid traffic jams and get to more sooner where they’re going, we’ve launched a new smartphone app that will provide real-time information on traffic conditions on key commuter routes.

“We have also launched the first two fully electric passenger buses in Tasmania, alongside Skybus, which is owned by the Kinetic company. These will serve the daily passenger route between Hobart and Hobart Airport.

“And in education, we provide the resources, infrastructure and opportunities that our students expect and deserve.

“Today we announced the delivery of our $10.5 million project at Devonport High School, which supported over 120 jobs during construction and helped upgrade facilities, including a new theater with retractable seats.

“On Wednesday, we announced an additional investment of $5 million to bolster the pool of devices, such as laptops, tables and internet dongles, in our public schools, ensuring that families who are unable to providing this technology can continue to support their child’s learning at home. .

“We have also begun construction of the $21 million Water and Energy Trades Center of Excellence in Clarence, which will allow TasTAFE to increase its training capacity and provide job seekers with employ the skills they need for the future.

“Most importantly, the cost of living will be reduced for Tasmanian households with the fuel tax being halved in the federal budget.

“This follows our strong advocacy on this issue with the Federal Government over recent weeks and will provide much needed relief to motorists in Tasmania.

“Other important actions we have taken this week include:
*the launch of a grant scheme to help landfill and resource recovery operators, such as local councils, to have suitable facilities to collect data on the amount and types of waste disposed of;
*support our screen industry with three new projects to share $45,000 in project development funding; and
* launched the Tasmanian Space Technology Seed Fund of $500,000 to support eligible companies in research and development projects in the space economy.
“These key actions have been taken as we continue to transition into living with COVID-19. Tasmania is doing well, with a strong economy and a rebounding tourism sector, with positive growth in average spending per domestic visitor.

“We will continue to implement our plan to grow our economy and our jobs, and ensure that Tasmania remains the best place in the country to live, work and raise a family while securing Tasmania’s future.”

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