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14 June 2018



Our Plan to Build Your Future – Southern Region

The 2018-19 State Budget delivers on commitments for the Southern Region as part of our Plan to Build Your Future.

These initiatives, along with the $469 million redevelopment of the Royal Hobart Hospital, are targeted to further strengthen the local economy and deliver better services, as well as create more jobs.

Specific budget measures for Southern Tasmania total more than $434 million, including:

  • Royal Hobart Hospital ward and air-conditioning upgrades – $28 million.
  • 25 new mental health beds - $28.3 million.
  • 60 more nursing graduates - $5.2 million.
  • $121 million in funding for the new Bridgewater Bridge over the Budget and Forward Estimates.
  • Delivers  $30.8 million towards the Greater Hobart Traffic Vision, including the establishment of the Derwent River Ferry Service, bus priority measures, a fifth lane on the Southern Outlet and improvements to Macquarie and Davey Streets –over the Budget and Forward Estimates.
  • Provides $51.7 towards upgrading State Roads in the South, including the Channel Highway, East Derwent Highway, Huon Highway, Richmond Road, the Tasman Bridge and the southern Midlands Highway.
  • $25 million in roads funding to support Tasmania’s visitor economy, including upgrades to
    • Hastings Cave Road,
  • Bruny Island main road,
  • Fortescue Bay Road,
  • Stormlea Road,
  • Glenora Road,
  • Arve Road, and
  • Safety at Eaglehawk Neck.
  • Progressing the new $30 million 7-12 High School at Brighton over 6 years.
  • Redevelopment of Sorell School – $25.8 million.
  • Revitalising Cosgrove High School – $20 million over 6 years.
  • $7.3 million to support a revitalised network of school farms across Tasmania, including $4.3 million to upgrade facilities at the Jordan River Learning Federation.
  • $21 million over 6 years to construct 6 new Early Learning Hubs, including in Sorell, Kingborough and Glenorchy
  • New Southern Remand Centre – $70 million.
  • Emergency Services Hub in Sorell – $12 million.
  • New ambulance super-station in Glenorchy – $6 million.
  • New police station in New Norfolk – $5 million.
  • New Indoor Multisports Facility in Glenorchy – $10 million.
  • $3 million contribution to a new hydrotherapy pool at the Hobart Aquatic Centre.

The State Budget charts the path a majority Hodgman Liberal Government will take make Southern Region an even better place to live, work and build your future.