Six projects that are expected to provide 141 new jobs will proceed following funding approval from Cabinet during a meeting in Queenstown today.
These projects were recommended for funding by the West Coast Economic Working Group in its interim report responding to the closure of the Mt Lyell Mine.
In addition to these projects, which will provide short to medium term stimulus and employment opportunities, the Liberal Government is continuing to work with the proponents of the Avebury Nickel Mine to facilitate its reopening as a matter of priority.
A total of $2.471 million will be provided to support the following projects:
Construction work on the Strahan Footpath Infrastructure Program will begin almost immediately, with preparatory work on the other construction projects to begin in the coming weeks to allow construction to get underway as soon as possible.
These projects have been extensively scoped by the Working Group and are estimated to provide 141 new jobs, including the establishment of five new businesses.
Importantly, 123 construction jobs created on the Zeehan Mountain Bike Hub, Strahan Footpath Infrastructure Program, and Horsetail Falls and Climies Tracks will go to mine workers affected by the recent closure.
In delivering this funding, the Government recognises the fantastic work of the Working Group in coordinating support and efficiently working through over 200 proposals submitted for consideration.
Thank you to all members - West Coast Mayor Robyn Gerrity, Jared Deross from CMT, Mark Fagan from the Australian Workers Union, Secretary of the Department of State Growth Kim Evans, and community representatives Chris Walpole and Sandy Chilcott.
The Working Group will continue to meet regularly on the West Coast for the remainder of this year and deliver a final report in January 2015 before handing over to the West Coast Council.