Devonport small businesswoman contests Senate for Nationals

Well known East Devonport identity and small businesswoman Wendy Hilditch will contest the second spot on the Tasmanian Nationals Senate ticket.

The announcement was made outside Ms Hildtich’s Dockside Cafe in East Devonport on Tuesday by Leader of the Nationals in the Senate Nigel Scullion and Tasmanian Nationals Leader, Senator Steve Martin.

Senator Scullion said he was pleased to launch the campaign of a hard working small buisness operator committed to regional Tasmania.

“Wendy gets up at 4am to prepare a first or final Tassie breakfast for people leaving or boarding the Spirit of Tasmania. I can’t think of a better ambassador for this great state,” Senator Scullion said.

Senator Martin said Ms Hilditch was the type of down to earth, plain speaking candidate that differentiated the Nationals from other parties.

“Everyone in East Devonport and beyond knows Wendy for her kindness, her opinions and of course her breakfasts,” Senator Martin said.

Ms Hilditch said she had decided to throw her hat in the ring after watching Steve Martin deliver for the area first as Mayor of Devonport and more recently as a Tasmanian Nationals senator.

“Steve’s not just the kind of person we need in Canberra, he is the one person we really need in Canberra to keep getting a fair share for regional Tasmania,” Ms Hilditch said.

‘He’s got a knack of flying back with a bag full of cash for great local projects and that is just one reason I am stoked to be on his team.”

Nationals in Government deliver further $2.1 million boost for Break O'Day

A strategic priority project for Break O’Day Council will become a reality thanks to the Nationals in Government, Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin and Lyons Nationals candidate Deanna Hutchinson announced at a community lunch in St Helens on Tuesday.

“This is another $2.1 million of real money from this year’s budget, not an election promise, and the fact the Nationals have been able to deliver speaks to the quality of the project, Break O’Day Mayor Mick Tucker and his team,” Senator Martin said.

The money will fund the Georges Bay Foreshore Multi-User track project, which will see a complete, off-road connection from St Helens Point Road to St Helens Township. series of paths and cycleways around the foreshore of Georges Bay, The project includes including 750 metres of boardwalk, a new bridge and retaining walls.

Mayor Tucker welcomed the funding saying that that having a federal pollie like Steve Martin who was prepared to come to town, listen to locals and take the funding fight to Canberra was exactly what regional councils needed.

"We are very grateful for this funding from Senator Steve Martin and thank him for prioritising the needs of our regional community," Mayor Tucker said.

“We have been working hard on getting funding for this project for a number of years and I am very proud to see it come to fruition.

“This means that we will now have a complete and safe off-road link for pedestrians and cyclists from the Lions Park all the way to St Helens around beautiful Georges Bay.

“This will be great for locals and visitors alike as they get outside and get active in our beautiful municipality.”

Senator Martin last month delivered $1.9 million to Break O’Day, including $1 million for drought recovery projects, $400,000 for flood mitigation at St Marys and $500,000 to bring bring the Old Tasmanian Hotel in Fingal back to its glory days.

“This is part of my agenda of getting a fair share for regional Tasmania and a concrete example of the Nationals in Government building stronger Tasmanian communities,” Senator Martin said.

Lyons Nationals candidate Deanna Hutchinson said the Nationals’ proven record of delivering for regional Tasmanian communities was why she was running for the party.”

“We are all about putting locals first,” Ms Hutchinson said.

Nationals deliver further $6.1 million boost for Glamorgan Spring Bay

Announced in Swansea on Tuesday, strategic priority projects for Glamorgan Spring Bay Council will become a reality thanks to the Nationals in Government, according to Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin. 

Senator Martin said he had spoken with Glamorgan Spring Bay Mayor Debbie Wisby on many occasions and asked her for her top priorities promising to go back to Canberra to fight for the funding.

“This is more than $6 million of real money from this year’s budget, not an election promise, and the fact the Nationals have been able to deliver speaks to the quality of the applications Mayor Wisby submitted,” Senator Martin said.

Mayor Wisby said the funds will revitalise the region and make a world of difference to residents and visitors.  

“Steve Martin approached me, listened and promised to return to Canberra to fight for our municipality.    I thank Steve for fighting and winning the battle to deliver a fair share for Glamorgan Spring Bay,” Mayor Wisby said.

“A small rural municipality like ours would have taken a decade or more to fund these projects, even if half of the project costs were funded by grants. Steve didn’t achieve half the funding, he achieved the lot! Thanks to Steve, our Council can now move forward and rejuvenate our region.”

The Mayor said the windfall would be invested in six key projects.

l $1 million will deliver a boardwalk around Coles Bay providing a safe and accessible pathway with viewing platforms around the Esplanade.

l $1.5 million will redevelop the Bicheno Gulch and Esplanade including parking, paths, seating areas and protection for the little penguins.

l $600,000 will complete the Bicheno area known as the Triangle, including  seating areas, public amenities and landscaping.

l $1 million will fund the Orford Rivulet Bridge replacement.

l In Swansea, $1 million for main street paving to improve pedestrian safety and make the town more attractive to residents and tourists.

l $1 million will fund the Dolphin Sands Shared Pathway to improve safety for residents and the visitor experience.

The windfall follows news last month that the Nationals in Government are providing Break O’Day and Glamorgan Spring Bay municipalities $1 million each for drought recovery.

Senator Martin said it was part of his agenda of getting a fair share for regional Tasmania and a concrete example of the Nationals in Government building stronger Tasmanian communities.

Nationals in Government help deliver Launceston Sea Urchin Roe Processing Factory

Oscar Tasmanian Seafood’s new long-spined sea urchin roe processing facility in Mowbray was officially opened by Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin on Monday.

Senator Martin said the $403,000 project had been funded in equal parts by the company and the Nationals in Government.

“The long-spined sea urchin is going from local nuisance to a highly sort after international product thanks to this new processing facility,” Senator Martin said.

The new facility will harvest the sea urchins and process and package their eggs for export to Asian marketplaces, particularly Hong Kong, Japan and China.

“The project, which created nine jobs during construction and creates up to 12 ongoing roles, will develop the sea urchin egg industry in Tasmania, creating much-needed employment opportunities in the region,” Senator Martin said.

“Capable of processing 240 tonnes of sea urchins every year and packaging for sale 24 tonnes worth of eggs, the facility will have a major flow-on benefit for the region’s economy.”

“Thanks to this new facility, Tasmania’s reefs, previously pillaged by this ocean pest, will once more flourish with tourist favourites, rock lobster and abalone.”

“The reinvigoration of Tasmania’s reefs and the protection of valuable abalone and rock lobster will not only keep tourists happy but safeguard the region’s fisheries.”

“It is all about our agenda to get a fair share for regional Tasmania and help build stronger local communities,” Senator Martin concluded.

Nationals in Government deliver nearly $7m for King Island Council key projects

Key projects on King Island Council’s priority list will become a reality thanks to over $6.95m in grants from the Nationals in Government, Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin has announced.

Senator Martin delivered the good news during a visit to King Island on Friday and Saturday with new Nationals candidate for Braddon, Sally Milbourne.

“$5 million will be invested in the much-needed worker accommodation and service hub development project,” Senator Martin said.

This involves a refit of the KIRDO Building into accommodation, 21 ensuite rooms, communal kitchen, dining, laundry and site office as well as the development of a purpose built service hub to house the Library, Service Tasmania, Tourist Information and current tenants of KIRDO.

$1 million will go towards Council’s Community Sport Facility project which involves the redevelopment of the tennis club to create a 24/7 open access community gym and treatment rooms for health professionals.

$650,000 will fund the Early Childhood Education and Care Facility upgrade to cater for increasing demand on services.

$300,000 will fund upgrades of the Grassy Sport Complex Oval, including drainage to allow year round usage and the construction of new change rooms.

Senator Martin visited King Island in March to announce that he had secured $62,000 from Canberra to replace the leaking roof on the 75 year-old King Island Club in Currie and $17,500 to help shape future King Island leaders with the expansion of the successful North West Tasmanian Coasters initiative to the Island.”

 “We visit these communities, listen to what locals want and go and fight for them in Canberra. It is great news that Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals Leader Michael McCormack has agreed to release the money.”

“It is all about our agenda to get a fair share for regional Tasmania and help build stronger local communities.”

Nationals in Government fund another two Devonport projects

Two more worthwhile projects have been given a boost thanks to the Nationals in Government, Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin has announced.

Senator Martin delivered the good news with freshly endorsed Braddon Nationals candidate Sally Milbourne on Thursday.

"The not for profit Don River Railway wins a $200,000 boost to expand its operations and attract more tourists and therefore jobs to our local area,” Senator Martin said.

“The Don River Railway was established at the Don in 1973, trains commenced operating in November 1976 as a result of countless thousands of hours of voluntary labour provided by members.”

“We all know what great work Lions Clubs do and I am delighted to have been able to secure $25,000 to replace the Mersey-Devonport Lions Club’s ageing food van.”

The Lions Club of Mersey-Devonport raises funds to help with medical research, disaster relief and other humanitarian assistance around Australia and internationally.

Senator Martin said he had caught up with Club President Jan Robinson at Roundhouse Park at a function the Club was having for cancer very recently and promised to go into bat for her in Canberra.

“I want to thank Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals Leader Michael McCormack for agreeing to release the funding at such short notice,” Senator Martin said.

“Importantly both grants are funded from the 2018/19 Commonwealth Budget, so this is real money, not election promises,”

“This is part of my agenda of getting a fair share for regional Tasmania and a concrete example of the Nationals in Government building stronger Tasmanian communities,” Senator Martin concluded.

Sally Milbourne to contest Braddon for the Nationals

Devonport City Councillor and entrepreneur Sally Milbourne will contest the seat of Braddon for the Nationals in the upcoming federal election, Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin and Nationals Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud announced in Devonport on Thursday.

“Sally Milbourne is the latest member in the strong team of candidates the Nationals are putting forward in Tasmania,” Minister Littleproud said.

“Her background in education and small business will make a valuable contribution in the National party room in Canberra.”

Tasmanian Nationals senator Steve Martin praised Ms Milbourne as a true local champion.

“Sally is a councillor, a former teacher, a small business owner and a mum of two great kids who is passionate about the future of regional Tasmania,” Senator Martin said.

Ms Milbourne said that with her education background, business in media production and as a restaurateur with husband Ben, she had a passion to support local producers and agriculture, small to medium business owners and a drive to improve education outcomes for Braddon.

“Braddon has it all; it’s ruggedly beautiful making it an attractive tourist destination, there’s a strong mining and manufacturing community, excellent educational facilities, fertile farmland for agriculture and burgeoning food entrepreneurialism; with the right support Braddon is situated perfectly to lead the rest of the country in innovation across a number of industries,” Ms Milbourne said.

“My priorities are improving educational outcomes in regional Tasmania, supporting small business, helping with agriculture innovation and bio security and ensuring the region continues to take positive steps towards environmental sustainability and climate change.”

Sally grew up on Tasmanian’s north west hinterland riding horses and loving the outdoors. Being involved in sport it was a natural progression to study Human Movement at University before specialising in middle school teaching. After 11 years teaching in northern Tasmania and lecturing educational pedagogy at the University of Tasmania, she returned to her hometown of Burnie to take up a teaching post in 2011. It was here where she met her husband Ben with whom she now runs the CharlotteJack restaurant (named after their children) in Devonport.

She was elected to Devonport City Council in 2018.

Canberra chips in $12m for Ulverstone jobs

Simplot Ulverstone has won a $12 million Nationals in Government grant to boost production and secure much-needed employment for regional Tasmanians, Steve Martin has announced.

“The company is contributing $39 million to the project with the remainder coming from the Nationals Government. This is about keeping jobs in Tasmania,” Senator Martin said.

“There will be 117 jobs in the construction phase.”

Senator Martin said the plant was a state-of-the-art potato processing factory employing more than 400 Tasmanians and buying about 300,000 tonnes of potatoes from Tassie farmers each year.

“This is about getting a fair share for regional Tasmania and building stronger communities,” Senator Martin said.

“Agriculture is a huge part of the Tassie economy, but farming is not enough.”

“We need companies like Simplot which value add and create more local jobs and more income for regional Tasmania.”

“I have visited this company before and note their strong safety record and their contributions to Foodbank.”

The Simplot site was developed in 1942 firstly as a  rabbit skin factory, then a fishery. In 1995 the J.R. Simplot company purchased the site and began trading as Simplot Australia   

Nationals in Government fund Launceston-based Tassie arts and sports

Two Launceston-based statewide arts and sports groups have come out winners thanks to Nationals in Government grants totalling $95,000, Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin announced at Launceston’s City Park on Friday.

Senator Martin delivered the good news alongside Ms Frith Mabin Executive Producer of the Junction Arts Festival, Ms Patricianne Cochrane, President of the Show Horse Council of Tasmania and Nationals federal candidates Carl Cooper and Deanna Hutchinson.

“The Nationals in Government are delivering $79.000 for the Junction Arts Festival to complete Junction’s Little Devil, a purpose built, multi-use performance space, that can house an audience of up to 120 people,” Senator Marin said.

The Chair and President of the Junction Arts Festival Liz Frankam said the Little Devil would feature as part of this year’s Spring Junction Arts Festival and will also be available for hire supporting community projects and festivals, around regional Tasmania.

“We are delighted to receive the funding support from Senator Steve Martin; the Senator continues to be a huge champion for regional Tasmania, and it’s very important to see the arts being supported in regional areas” Ms Frankam said.

Senator Martin said the Nationals in Government were also give the Show Horse Council of Tasmania $15,000 to buy portable marquees, a PA system, portable arenas and associated soft infrastructure for use at equestrian events and training.

“This is real money from the 2018/19 Commonwealth Budget, not an election promise,” Senator Martin said.

“Carl Cooper, Deanna Hutchinson and I get out and meet these community groups, listen to what locals want and then I go and fight for them in Canberra. It is great news that Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals Leader Michael McCormack has agreed to release the money.”

“It is all about our agenda to get a fair share for regional Tasmania and help build stronger local communities.”

Nationals in Government deliver $6m boost for Sorell Council

A key project on Sorell Council’s priority list will become a reality thanks to a $6m grant from the Nationals in Government, Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin has announced. 

Senator Martin delivered the good news at the Pembroke Park in Sorell in the company of Lyons Nationals candidate Deanna Hutchinson, Sorell Mayor Kerry Vincent and other locals.

“This is not an election promise; this is real money from the 2018/19 Commonwealth Budget,” Senator Martin said.

“The Nationals in Government are delivering $6 million for the Sorell Pembroke Park Sub Regional Recreation Facility project to upgrade the indoor sports facility including basketball courts, gym, office, amenities, storage, canteen, parking, access and landscaping.”

“Deanna Hutchinson and I visit these communities, listen to what locals want and then I go and fight for them in Canberra.

Senator Martin said it was great news that Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals Leader Michael McCormack had agreed to release the money.

“It is all about our agenda to get a fair share for regional Tasmania and help build stronger local communities,” Senator Martin concluded.