• Premier Hodgman’s $200 million deal betrays Launceston
• $47 million for stormwater and sewerage disappears
• Hodgman and Gutwein need to explain massive public policy fail
The Hodgman Liberal Government’s $200 million equity injection into TasWater will not deliver a cent of additional funding for infrastructure.
Opposition Leader Rebecca White said she it was appalling that the massive taxpayer investment into the State’s water and sewerage business would not solve Tasmania’s most significant infrastructure issues.
“During the election, Will Hodgman promised $47 million to finally start dealing with the health and environmental impacts of Launceston’s combined stormwater and sewerage system,” Ms White said.
“It appears that commitment has disappeared with the failed TasWater takeover.
“This is a public policy failure.
“Launceston residents, businesses, TasWater and Launceston City Council have been raising this issue and the health of the Tamar River for years.
“It is a critical issue and the city that appears to have been delayed again.”
Shadow Minister for Local Government David O’Byrne, said TasWater’s financial modelling showed the Hodgman Government’s deal would put in jeopardy large projects like the Launceston combined sewerage and stormwater system.
“TasWater’s modelling shows that TasWater will lose $236 million in revenue over the course of the deal,” Mr O’Byrne said.
“It is extraordinary that after two years of waging a war against TasWater which has cost not only time and resources for no outcome, the Liberals are failing to deliver even a cent for new infrastructure.”
Rebecca White MP Labor Leader David O’Byrne MP Shadow Local Government and Planning Minister 3 July 2018