Michael Ferguson,Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
As we emerge from the pandemic, we know that the most important thing we can do is to support jobs in Tasmania.
That’s why we are investing in infrastructure, with the latest ABS figures showing that Tasmania’s economy continues to recover, with our economic growth underpinned by increasing private investment and record building approvals.
This reflects the strong investment in construction equipment and more houses, supported by our Construction Blitz and HomeBuilder Programs.
Our record investment of $615 million into social and affordable housing, and homelessness initiatives, including our record election commitment of $280 million to extend our building program of new social housing for Tasmanians in need, is the biggest in this State for decades.
This means that we will build an extra 2000 new homes by 2027, on top of the 1,500 already being built over the next three years, bringing the total to 3,500 new homes by 2027 to help our most vulnerable.
Two recent examples of upcoming projects are the awarding of the youth at risk facility in Launceston, worth $2.32 million, to RTC and the announcement that VOS have been awarded the $8.7 million upgrade and expansion of Thyne House in Launceston.
Our historic and ambitious infrastructure program is creating jobs and stimulating our economy.
Industry has also told us that to deliver on this plan, its workforce will need to increase by around 25 per cent over the next four years. That’s an extra 6 500 employees by 2025.
Through the State Election commitments we are investing a further $416.5 million into our roads over seven years, including targeted investments across all regions of the State.
We are well ahead of schedule with our 10 Year $565 million Midland Highway Action Plan, with around 103 kilometres or over two-thirds complete, and the contracts for the final stages awarded.
The $350 million South-East Traffic Solution is also well underway with major works at the Hobart Airport and Midway Point Interchanges and the Sorell Bypass.
We’ve hit the ground running and we’re getting on with the job to deliver our clear plan to secure Tasmania’s future, and it is working.