Michael Ferguson,Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
In the 2019-20 financial year, the Tasmanian Government invested $278 million in road and bridge upgrades, delivering 38 projects – the biggest year of road projects in more than a decade.
Our track record speaks for itself – since being elected in 2014, the Tasmanian Liberal Government has delivered more than 150 road projects.
Keeping our economy growing and keeping Tasmanians in jobs is more crucial than ever. Infrastructure investment and maintenance program has been one sector that has been able to continue, while others have had to stop or significantly alter their operations, in 2020.
We know ongoing investment into infrastructure is a key contributor to Tasmania’s overall economic and social prosperity, and that is reflected in the State Budget with nearly $5 billion to be invested over the Budget and Forward Estimates period.
The Government is continuing to upgrade and maintain the 3,700 kilometres of roads and 1,300 bridges that make up the State Roads network, increasing safety and travel time reliability for road users, while building confidence and supporting jobs in the civil construction industry.
The 2020-21 Budget has significantly increased the funding available under the Roads Program for infrastructure maintenance by more than $20 million over four years.
This ongoing and increasing investment in maintenance will keep our state roads in the condition necessary for safe and efficient travel around the state.
This is part of the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s landmark $5 billion, which will underpin around 25,000 jobs, support businesses and increase confidence as we recover and rebuild a stronger Tasmania.