Tasmanian Jobs Package Mon 10 December 2012 Lara Giddings Premier Download hi-res version The Tasmanian Jobs Package will support the creation of over 3300 jobs and leverage around $375 million in private investment, the Premier, Lara Giddings, said today. Ms Giddings said the package is designed to lift confidence and provide an immediate boost to the economy. "The Tasmanian Government is committed to growing jobs and opportunities for Tasmanians," Ms Giddings said. "We have seen the creation of 1400 new jobs since May and more than 2000 direct and indirect jobs have been secured through agreements with major industrial companies like Norske Skog, Pacific Aluminium and BHP Temco. "We readily acknowledge that more needs to be done to bring the unemployment rate down. "The Tasmanian Jobs Package has been designed to boost confidence and maximise jobs in the state. "The included measures have been carefully considered in consultation with industry stakeholders to provide an immediate positive economic impact." The $24.5 million package includes the following initiatives: • More than doubling the first home owners grant for construction of new homes to $15,000. The First Home Builders Boost will go for 18 months beginning on 1 January 2013 and is estimated to support the construction of 1100 new first homes and the creation of 1800 new jobs. • Reintroducing the successful payroll tax rebate for all new jobs created from today up until 30 June 2014 and maintained until 30 June 2015. This scheme is a proven performer, creating 876 jobs in 2009/10 and 843 jobs in the 2011/12. Based on previous results it is expected the tax rebate will support the creation of 850 new jobs. • $2.5 million in additional funding for the Tasmanian Government Innovation and Investment Fund or TGIIF to leverage around $11 million in private investment and create 170 new jobs. • $3 million for community infrastructure including maintenance, renovations and upgrades of Community and Neighbourhood houses. 30 new jobs. • $2.8 million investment in Northern infrastructure projects including the Seaport boardwalk expansion, the upgrade of lights at Aurora Stadium and the creation of the Hollybank Mountain Bike Park for the combined creation of 80 new jobs. • Tassal processing plant: The State Government is providing a grant of up to $440,000 to assist in the upgrade of infrastructure and systems required for processing at George Town Seafoods. 22 new jobs. • Clearing the way for Parliament Square to secure $100 million in private investment and 400 jobs. • An additional $1 million for tourism marketing to promote Tasmania and maximise take up of additional airline seats. • $400,000 to support the dairy industry's 'Filling the Factories' program which aims to secure another 355 mega litres of milk supply in Tasmania and create 550 on-farm jobs. Ms Giddings said the relatively modest outlay will make a massive contribution to job creation and private investment. "The package is a key part of my agenda for 2013 which will focus on jobs, people and opportunities. "I look forward to seeing more Tasmanians find jobs as a result of the strong action we have taken today." Ms Giddings said the Revised Estimates Report, also released today, showed the measures were affordable because the 2012/13 Budget remains on track to return to surplus and eliminate net debt. "This plan is fully costed and will be rolled-out immediately, unlike the Liberal Opposition's so-called stimulus plan which amounts to little more than marketing slogans and weasel words."