The Tasmanian Liberal Government is working hard, at both a State and national level, so that Tasmania remains the best place to live, work, and raise a family, no matter what part of the State you call home.
Tasmania has played our part at the Jobs and Skills Summit to ensure our State can benefit as we address issues across the nation affecting our jobs market.
Additionally, Tasmania has taken another step forward in living with COVID-19, with agreement at National Cabinet to reduce the mandatory isolation period of COVID-19 cases from seven days to five days, provided cases’ symptoms have settled.
This is a sensible and proportionate step and is another important marker as we continue to transition out of the pandemic and living with COVID-19.
Education remains one of our key priorities, and we are continuing to deliver modern, up-to-date facilities for our learners.
This week has seen the completion of the $8.25 million redevelopment of the Southern Support School, and our $4.3 million redevelopment of the school farm at Brighton.
The new facilities are part of our Government’s record investment in new education infrastructure, and reaffirms our strong commitment to giving our children and young people what they need to thrive in our educational system.
This past week we have also delivered:
- A Saturday service for the popular Derwent Ferry service, to further boost travelling options for Tasmanians;
- A partnership between Ambulance Tasmania and My Emergency Doctor (MED) to bolster our existing Secondary Triage service and deliver alternative health care pathways for Tasmanians;
- The start of construction on the new $2.6 million Bridgewater Ambulance Station;
- The first public Electric Vehicle charger at the historic Central Highlands village of Waddamana;
- A northern-based recruit course that is allowing 17 trainee constables to complete their training in Launceston;
- New homes under our partnership with Community Housing Providers that is delivering the social and affordable homes that Tasmania needs;
- An update on the duplication of the East Derwent Highway between Golf Links Road and Sugarloaf Road, with work ahead of schedule and on track to be completed in early October;
- The release of the final Greater Hobart Plan that brings together transport, housing and precinct planning in a whole of-city approach to help coordinate development over the next 30 years;
- The recruitment of an Our Watch Senior Adviser for Tasmania, as part of our investment in the prevention of family and sexual violence;
- A draft bill to restore the size of Parliament to 35 seats;
- The strongest growth rate of all states for building approvals, according to new ABS data;
- Opening the $750,000 Revitalising Local Hospitality Venues Grant Program;
- Extending the $2 million Live Performance Support Program to cover eligible performances and events through to the end of February 2023;
- A new signalised pedestrian crossing on Channel Highway that will make it easier and safer for Taroona primary and high school students using the bus stops opposite the schools; and
- Grants of up to $80,000 through the final round of the $230,000 Advancing Organic Agribusiness Grants Program.
With Parliament to return next week, we will continue doing all we can to deliver for Tasmanians, in the areas that matter to them.