Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania



22 May 2018

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Infrastructure

Noth-West benefiting from record infrastructure spend

With a strong economy and growing population the Hodgman Liberal Government is getting on with the job of delivering on our Plan to build better infrastructure for Tasmania.

This includes investing record amounts in infrastructure, helping create thousands of new jobs and supporting investment confidence and certainty for businesses.

In my home electorate of Braddon, we’ve seen unprecedented investment in the region. This includes:

  • Upgrades to the Bass and Murchison Highways;
  • Safety improvements to the junctions on the Bass Highway at Wynyard;
  • A brand new $10 million freight ship for King Island;
  • Investment in the rail and hardstand at the Port of Burnie;
  • A new mooring dolphin to allow bigger cruise ships at Burnie; and
  • The Tranche 1 $120 million investment in our freight rail network.

This is in addition to the $31.5 million Spirits of Tasmania refurbishment project which provided work for over 200 Tasmanians and twenty-four local businesses.

Under Labor and the Greens, investment dried up, growth ground to a halt and confidence disappeared along with businesses and 10,000 jobs.

In contrast, we have a plan that will further stimulate economic growth to create even more jobs. Including, our package of Bass Highway upgrades, improved bus services, Tranche 2 of the freight rail network investment, and of course the two new Spirits of Tasmania that will be delivered two years early, along with improved facilities at the Port of Devonport.

The constant complaining by the Labor Party proves that they have learnt nothing from the recent election. They’re still negative and they still have no plan. Only the Hodgman Liberal Government has a plan to deliver further investment in infrastructure, to ensure even more Tasmanians can look forward to a better quality of life.



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