The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to increasing our population to 650,000 people by 2050 to drive economic growth, create jobs and improve the standard of living for all Tasmanians.
We know this is a bold target that’s not without its challenges but we need to go for growth because we recognise that population growth is critical to sustaining economic growth for Tasmania.
Given the significance of the population challenge, growing the population will require deliberate, targeted and strategic intervention.
That is why the Government is developing a Population Strategy to outline how government, stakeholders and the community can work together to grow our population.
The next step in this process is a Discussion Paper released today that outlines Tasmania’s population challenge, the process for developing Tasmania’s Population Strategy, and the type of input we are seeking from the community. I encourage community and stakeholder contributions on the Discussion Paper to help inform our Population Strategy.
We have also commissioned a Background Issues Paper by a specialist demographer to provide independent advice to inform the development of the Population Strategy.
Over the next six weeks, the Department of State Growth will be releasing a series of video case studies, telling the stories of migrants, expats and Tasmanians, talking about why they have come to, or stayed in Tasmania.
We are encouraging stakeholders and the community to listen to these stories, to reflect on them and to use these as a basis for suggestions as to how we grow Tasmania.
Our Population Strategy will be a comprehensive blueprint for Tasmania’s future and will complement our long-term Plan for the State.
In the meantime, we are getting on with creating jobs and growing the economy, because that is the best way to attract people to Tasmania.
Government is seeking input into the development of the Population Strategy by 14 June 2014. Further information is available at www.stategrowth.tas.gov.au
Matthew Groom, Minister for State Growth