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14 June 2018



Protecting the Tasmanian Way of Life

The Tasmanian way of life is the envy of the world and the Government is committed to protecting what makes our State special.

The 2018-19 Budget delivers a wide range of initiatives which will enhance our enjoyment of our unique wilderness areas, recreational fishing, boating and motoring, including;

National Parks

  • Investment of $31 million in our world-renowned National Parks and reserves, including $16 million for new and upgraded park infrastructure, $8 million to for infrastructure maintenance and $7 million for 15 new rangers and frontline staff.
  • Free entry to our National Parks for more than 100,000 Tasmanian seniors from July 1 for a year and half-price annual passes in future years.

Recreational Fishing

  • New and improved fishing infrastructure at key locations – $3.7 million.
  • Boosting support for the Tasmanian Association of Recreational Fishing Inc to ensure its ongoing viability and improve service for recreational fishers – $620,000.
  • Four new Fish Aggregation Devices to improve catch opportunities – $450,000.
  • Freezing the cost of inland trout fishing licences for the next four years – $300,000.
  • Expand the Inland Fisheries Service Anglers Access program across priority lakes and rivers in the North West, North East and Derwent Catchments – $200,000.
  • Increasing support for Anglers Alliance Tasmania – $215,000.
  • Better promotion of angling tourism including the Trout Expo and capitalising on the international profile the World Fly Fishing Championship to be held in Tasmania.

Recreational Hunting

  • Modernising the management of game and browsing animals through the new independent Tasmanian Game Council.
  • Establishing the new Game Services Tasmania with a primary industries focus, to provide support to landholders, farmers and hunters.
  • Statewide Fallow Deer Census to better support management – $150,000.

Special Interest and Vintage Car plated Vehicles

  • Doubling the number of days special interest registered vehicles can be used, to 104 days a year, and removing the motor tax cost.
  • Providing VC-plated veteran and vintage vehicles with an extra 30 days per annum, not specific to club events.

The 2018-19 Budget charts the path my Government will take to take Tasmania to the next level.