The Hodgman Liberal Government is delivering on our Plan to Build Tasmania’s Future.
Deliverables 2017 is a snapshot of the Government’s Work Plan for the year, including over 220 initiatives to create jobs and economic growth, build health and education and support Tasmanians in need.
Today we are releasing the first quarter update, which builds on the positive results achieved through more than three years of unified, disciplined, majority Government.
Our economy has grown and there are 8,400 more jobs now then at the time of the election. Our unemployment rate is now lower than most other States – and with the Budget back in balance, we are investing record amounts into health, education and other essential services.
The First Quarter Update provides a progress report on 97 initiatives, three of which could not be delivered as intended, because Labor either blocked or watered down the Government’s legislation in the Upper House, including minimum mandatory sentences for serious child sex offences, rebuilding the forestry industry through unlocking production forests, and minimum mandatory penalties for repeat offenders who evade police.
Despite Labor’s political attempts to thwart Government action, we are getting on with the job of delivering new services, programs and infrastructure, including –
• new health services and infrastructure, including paramedics, hospital staff and beds, a new dental clinic in Ulverstone, the upgrade of the Launceston Ambulance Station and significant progress on the redeveloped Royal Hobart Hospital;
• new education services, staffing and capital upgrades at schools;
• new wind farm developments including the $300 million Wild Cattle Hill wind farm and the $280 million Granville Harbour Wind farm;
• new road projects like the completion of the $32 million Brooker highway project, and Midland Highway upgrades;
• new tourism projects including a new Maria Island Ferry and construction of the final stage of the Three Capes Track;
• new advanced manufacturing projects, like the 100 new Metro buses to be built on the North-West Coast, and safer bus stops;
• new affordable housing projects across the State; and
• protecting Tasmanians from the risk of bushfire.
The next quarter deliverables include progressing initiatives such as –
• introducing enabling legislation to progress the Mt Wellington Cable Car project;
• commencing assessment of a primary domestic container port at Burnie;
• implementation of a new Community Interest Test for new poker machines to give the community a say;
• introducing new biosecurity legislation;
• release of the Salmonid Industry Sustainable Growth Plan;
• finalising designs for the Ward 4K Children’s Ward upgrade at the LGH;
• commencing operations of the new rehabilitation service at the Mersey Community Hospital;
• the first round of grants under the Healthy Tasmania Community Innovation Pool;
• commencing the new Education Act; and
• progressing amendments to the Evidence Act to assist vulnerable victims of sexual crimes through the criminal trial process.
Deliverables 2017 is available here:http://www.premier.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/321084/Deliverables_2017.pdf
The First Quarter Update is available here: http://www.premier.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/336247/Deliverables2017_Q1Update.pdf
Will Hodgman, Premier