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14 June 2018



Our Plan to Build Your Future – North-West and West Coast

The 2018-19 State Budget delivers on our commitments for the North West and West Coast as part of our Plan to Build Your Future.

These initiatives are targeted to further strengthen the local economy, create more jobs and deliver better services.

Specific budget measures for the North-West and West Coast total more than $233 million, including:

  • $35 million in capital upgrades for the Mersey Community Hospital.
  • New 8-bed North West Regional Hospital Acute Medical Unit – $17.6 million.
  • Stage 2 of the King Island Hospital Redevelopment – $10.5 million.
  • $7 million to underpin Hermal’s $190 million cross-laminated plantation mill in Hampshire.
  • More than $24 million over four years to upgrade State roads across the North-West and the West Coast, including improvements to the Bass Highway, and our West Coast Roads Package.
  • $2.6 million in funding over four years to upgrade roads in the North-West and West Coast that support Tasmania’s visitor economy, including improvements to Sumac Road and the Tarkine Drive.
  • $72 million over four years to improve the visitor experience at Cradle Mountain.
  • Redevelopment of Penguin District School – $20 million.
  • Redevelopment of Devonport High School – $10.5 million.
  • $7.3 million to support a revitalised network of school farms across the state, including $3 million in capital upgrades for Sheffield District School.
  • New Early Learning Hubs in West Ulverstone and Waratah-Wynyard.
  • Purpose built ante-natal clinic at the North West Regional Hospital – $2.1 million.
  • New Burnie Ambulance Station - $6 million.
  • 20 more nursing graduates in North West Tasmania.
  • Agricultural Centre of Excellence - $5 million.
  • Drysdale training kitchen as part of the Devonport Living City Project - $1.5 million.
  • $600,000 to support our way of life by contributing to the continued operation of the Tasmanian Christmas Carnivals.
  • $1.1 million to construct a dedicated training facility at the Smithton Ambulance Station, and a new two bedroom unit for relief staff
  • Refurbishment of the Ashley Youth Detention Centre in Deloraine – $7.3 million
  • Upgrade of the Burnie Court complex – $8 million.

The State Budget charts the path the majority Hodgman Liberal Government will take to make the North West and West Coast an even better place to take Tasmania to the next level.