Coalition Government's $100M-plus Commitment to Tasmania

Media Release

WT011/2013

23 October 2013

The Australian Government has reaffirmed its commitment to a strong and prosperous Tasmania.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, today announced that as part of its support for the Tasmanian economy the Government would deliver on its pre-election commitment to provide more than $100 million in an economic package for Tasmania.

This package is in addition to other initiatives associated with the Government's Economic Growth Plan for Tasmania.

“The Government's Economic Growth Plan for Tasmania will fund projects aimed at stimulating Tasmania's economy by supporting economic growth and jobs,” Mr Truss said.

“It provides real action, making a difference to people's lives in terms of growth, jobs and raising living standards.”

Mr Truss said major initiatives under the Plan included $38 million to expand Hobart International Airport. The Government will also secure Hobart as a world centre for Antarctic and Southern Ocean Research by providing $24 million to establish a new Centre for Antarctic and Southern Ocean research.

The Government would invest $400 million in the upgrade of the Midland Highway and would create a Tasmanian Major Projects Approval Agency to act as a one-stop-shop for new major projects requiring Commonwealth approvals.

“Through the Economic Growth Plan for Tasmania, we will implement a jobs program that will provide a payment of $3,250 to Tasmanian businesses hiring long term unemployed job seekers,” he said.

“We will implement a Productivity Commission review into Tasmania's shipping costs, the competitiveness of Tasmania's freight industry structure and the equity and effectiveness of the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation and the Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Schemes.”

“We will also maintain support for long term regional Forest Agreements, promote the expansion of the fruit and vegetable industry by creating a Fruit and Vegetable Industry Taskforce and protect Tasmania's share of the GST.”

Mr Truss said the Plan would be supported by the creation of a joint Commonwealth and Tasmanian Economic Council that would include the Prime Minister, the Treasurer and representatives of Tasmanian business and the State Government.

“Funding of a long list of planned projects supports the economic development of Tasmania and provides much needed certainty to local businesses and communities,” he said.

“All projects will be subject to the Government being satisfied that the project represents value for money following an assessment and risk analysis. 

“My Department is currently in discussions with the Tasmanian Government to settle the most effective manner to progress grant approvals.”

Project proponents will be contacted shortly and advised of how projects can be assessed and implemented in a timely manner.

Details of projects are attached (See Attachment A).

Attachment A

Project Funding
commitment
Costa Exchange Pty Ltd, Modified Atmosphere Packaging facility   $1,000,000
DairyTas, Into Dairy Sustainable Dairy Development  $400,000
Derwent Valley Council, Plenty Link Road feasibility study  $100,000
Dorset Economic Development Group, Three-phase Power for Dairy Conversion - initial studies  $100,000
Dorset Renewable Industries Pty Ltd, Integrated Timber Processing Facility in North East Tasmania  $2,800,000
Haulmax, Advanced Manufacturing Business for the North West Region  $3,000,000
Hugh Mackinnon, Strawberry production  $400,000
Huon Aquaculture, Construct processing facility at Parramatta Creek  $3,500,000
Juicy Isle, expansion to support increased production  $1,000,000
Juicy Isle, infrastructure investment  $250,000
Launceston City Council, North Bank Precinct Redevelopment  $6,000,000
Oak Tasmania, Oakdale Industries, Hardlam - Timber Lamination Production  $4,000,000
SFM Forest Management, Hydrowood  $5,000,000
Ta Ann, Plywood Mill  $7,500,000
Circular Head Council and TasGas, Gas Extension to Smithton  $6,000,000
Tas Irrigation, Dial Blythe Irrigation Scheme  $9,060,000
Tasmanian Pickled Onions Pty Ltd, Pickled Onion Production Facility  $500,000
Tasmanian Wood Panels, Energy Reduction Projects  $1,305,000
Elphinstone and Tasrail, Triabunna Manufacturing Jobs Initiative - 'Tasrailer' Container Frames  $1,000,000
UTAS, Sense-T Stage 2 Development $13,000,000
Tassal, Tasmanian Fish Protein and Oil Facility Triabunna  $3,850,000
Britton Timbers Processing Expansion  $1,190,000
Reid Fruits, Cherry Packhouse Development  $500,000
Caterpillar, Advanced Manufacturing Development  $5,000,000
North East Marine Engineering, Dry Dock Facility  $700,000
Clarence City Council, Kangaroo Bay Community and Economic Development Project  $5,000,000
Australian Government Regional Tourism Package
  • Regional Tourism Infrastructure and Innovation Fund ($4.38 million)
  • Tasmanian Whisky and Tasmanian Cider Trail ($120,000)
$4,500,000
Australian Government Innovation and Investment Fund $11,000,000
Macquarie House Catalyst Project $3,000,000
Guilford Young College, Glenorchy Creative Arts Link Building $3,500,000
Hobart City Council, South Hobart Community Hub $1,650,000
Fly Fishing Museum $261,000
Glenorchy City Council, Abbotsfield Park Upgrade $200,000
Sandy Bay Sailing Club Safety and Rescue Equipment and Club Upgrade $60,000
Taroona Soccer Club Lighting $50,000
St Stephen's Church Historic Windows Restoration $25,000