Working to grow the economy Sun 21 October 2012 David O'Byrne Minister for Economic Development The Minister for Economic Development, David O'Byrne, said the Tasmanian Government already has initiatives in place to create jobs and grow the economy. Mr O'Byrne said the Liberal Party's grim determination to ignore any investment in Tasmania to suit their negative agenda was appalling. "The Liberal Party wants people to believe that investment has dried up - but the facts speak for themselves," he said. "Businesses are continuing to invest in Tasmania - with more than $4.3 billion of private investment announced in the state until June this year. "And we are supporting new investment in Tasmania through the Economic Development Plan, and programs like the Tasmanian Government Innovation and Investment Fund - a grants program that's helping ten local businesses create more than 120 new jobs. "Just recently, we've seen water rights go on sale for the South East Irrigation Scheme - a major investment in local agriculture by State and Federal Governments. "And, in conjunction with the Commonwealth, we have also seen an unprecedented investment in affordable housing, that has delivered 1,400 new homes in Tasmania between January 2009 and June this year. "These are just some of the things we're doing to help create new jobs - and they're also the things you'll never hear the Tasmanian Liberals talk about, because it doesn't suit their negative agenda. "The Liberals will just continue to take Campbell Newman's approach of promising all things to all people, while refusing to say which programs they'd cut to support their unfunded pledges." Mr O'Byrne said recent examples of investment in Tasmania included: The $12 million upgrade to Boags Brewery; The $84 million Norse Skog redevelopment, involving support from State and Federal Governments, securing 330 direct jobs, 900 indirect jobs and 100 new jobs in the construction phase; The Macquarie Harbour fisheries expansion - creating more than 250 jobs; The $395 million Musselroe Wind Farm - involving 200 jobs in the construction phase, primarily in North East Tasmania; $25 million invested in a new Target store in Mowbray; The $180 million invested by the Van Diemen's Land Company at its Woolnorth property to increase milk production; and Tasmanian Dairy Products' $75 million Smithton milk powder factory.