26th May, 2016
Rene Hidding, Minister for Infrastructure
As a result of the hard decisions we made upon coming to Government, the State is now back on track and we are able to reinvest the dividends into essential infrastructure projects.
The 2016-17 Budget includes funding for $1.8 billion in infrastructure projects that touch all regions of the State and drive economic growth and create jobs.
This includes an investment of $656 million in road and bridge improvements, funded jointly by the State and Federal Governments. These projects will support jobs in the civil construction sector and address vital infrastructure needs to support our growing economy.
Funding in the Budget for road projects includes almost $200 million for the Midland Highway, $32 million for the Brooker Highway, $18 million for the Huon Highway/Summerleas Road, and $12 million for shoulder sealing on the Esk Main Road.
There is also $6.5 million to improve Colebrook Road between Cambridge and Richmond, and $6.3 million in funding towards infrastructure improvements for the Great Eastern Highway that will improve safety and enhance the visitor experience on what is one of our most popular tourist routes.
The budget is also supporting the infrastructure requirements of our emergency services, with additional funding of $5 million allocated to refurbish residential housing for police officers and their families stationed in remote and regional areas of Tasmania, and funding of $5.1 million to complete the procurement of the police vessel PV Cape Wickham.
Other major commitments in this budget and over the forward estimates to upgrade Tasmania’s infrastructure include: