Key North West projects excluded from COVID infrastructure package

Tasmanian Labor
  • Glaring
    North West omissions in COVID infrastructure package
  • Very
    little in the package to provide short term stimulus for the coast
  • Peter
    Gutwein and Braddon Members must do more
  • It
    is disappointing that some key North West projects identified by Labor have
    been excluded from Peter Gutwein’s COVID infrastructure package.

    Labor Member for
    Braddon, Anita Dow, said there was very little in yesterday’s announcement that
    would provide short term stimulus for the North West and West Coast.

    “The North West has
    been hardest hit by COVID-19 and businesses and the community are doing it
    really tough and will continue to for some time,” Ms Dow said.

    “While it was
    pleasing to see some local projects being fast-tracked, including the long
    awaited coastal pathway project between Cooee and Wynyard, some important
    infrastructure investments like upgrades to the Burnie Port, were overlooked.

    “Labor has been
    calling on the Government to invest in the port as it is a major strategic
    infrastructure project that would deliver benefit right now to key industries,
    but also support future economic development across the North West coast and
    the rest of the state.

    “We’d like to see investment
    in the masterplan and dredging that would allow passage for bigger ships to get
    more product off the island quicker and to market.

    “Those upgrades
    would also allow concurrent access to the port for forest and minerals
    companies, at the same time as facilitating access for cruise ships.”

    Ms Dow said the
    stimulus package also had no mention of the Cradle Mountain redevelopment or
    progressing the Next Iconic Walk on the West Coast.

    “Both of these
    projects will create much needed regional jobs and give the local community and
    tourism industry certainty for the future,” Ms Dow said.

    “Cradle Mountain is
    one of our premier tourism attractions and the revitalisation of the Cradle
    Mountain visitor experience and investment in this iconic site is absolutely
    critical for the growth of our regional economy.”

    Ms Dow said funding being
    brought forward for the Circular Head Bass Highway upgrades was long overdue
    and would be welcomed by the community and industry.

    “I am hoping Peter Gutwein and his Braddon members take a good look over the package announced yesterday and move fast to fix these glaring omissions to prevent further job losses and business closures on the North West coast.”

    Anita Dow MP

    Labor Member for Braddon

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