This year’s State Budget will be about maintaining the momentum in Tasmania and investing for growth.
It will see the Hodgman Liberal Government invest heavily in intergenerational infrastructure that sets Tasmania up for the future.
That means roads, schools, hospitals, and housing, as well as key economic infrastructure such as water and sewerage, irrigation and rail.
It’s infrastructure that creates jobs and helps us deliver better essential services.
With GST and Stamp Duty revenue having declined, we need to be disciplined about our spending, as we always have been.
However, that does not mean we should stop investing in infrastructure that sets up Tasmania for the future.
In addition to setting Tasmania up for continued growth, the infrastructure package in this week’s State Budget will help drive our economy to deliver increased investments into health and education, and will support the employment of thousands of Tasmanians in the construction phase.
Tasmania has come a long way in the past five years and there is no better way to maintain the momentum, and lock in growth, than by investing in building the infrastructure that will benefit Tasmanians for generations to come.