Election result great news for regional Tasmania

The re-election of the Liberal and Nationals Government is terrific news for regional Tasmania, according to Tasmanian Nationals Steve Martin.

“What this means is that every one of the 100 plus projects worth over $150 million I secured and which Labor had threatened to cancel, will be delivered in full by the new Government.

“The projects which range of upgraded and new sports facilities to new playgrounds and cultural assets are a game changer for regional Tasmania and will make our towns more attractive to locals, tourists and migrants,” Senator Martin said.

“I am very proud of what my team has achieved for regional Tasmania. No other Tassie pollie comes close to this level of success across the State.”

Senator Martin said he was disappointed the Tasmanian Nationals had not seen success on polling day, but pleased the Nationals legacy would live on through better facilities right across regional Tasmania.

“I want to thank my family, my staff, our great candidates Wendy Hilditch, Sally Milbourne, Carl Cooper and Deanna Hutchinson and all of our fantastic supporters for the hard work they all put in,” Senator Martin concluded.

Liberals and Nationals pledge better mobile coverage for Tasman Peninsula

Mobile phone coverage in the Tasman Peninsula will be boosted under a re-elected Liberal and Nationals Government after Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin and Coalition candidate for Lyons Deanna Hutchinson secured a commitment for a new mobile tower on the Arthur Highway.

Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin said he and Ms Hutchinson had visited the municipality on Thursday to announce a million dollar commitment to upgrade the Nubeema Civic Centre and Sports Complex.

“We asked the locals if they had any other issues and several people raised the issue of mobile coverage,” Senator Martin said.

Lyons Liberal and Nationals candidate Deanna Hutchinson said she got on the phone to Regional Telecommunications Minister and Deputy Leader of the Nationals Bridget McKenzie and secure an immediate promise of one new tower with the possibility of more to come.

“This small cell tower will be built along the Arthur Highway between Taranna and Port Arthur and will give locals and motorists a better connection to the world,” Ms Hutchinson said.

“This is particularly important in emergency situations as locals report ambulance officers aren’t always able to send and receive information via SMS.”

“Greater access to mobile services in regional Tasmanian improves the ability to keep in contact with family and friends; allows better access by farmers to online services and helps local businesses grow by making these areas more attractive to tourists,”

“Investing in mobile technology needs to be seen as just as critical as investing in traditional infrastructure like roads, rail and bridges,” Ms Hutchinson concluded.

Nationals in Government commit $1 million for Tasman Council

A key project on Tasman Council’s  priority list will proceed if the Nationals are returned to Government, Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin has announced.

Senator Martin delivered the good news in the company of Tasman Mayor Kelly Spaulding in Nubeena on Thursday.

“The Nationals in Government will commit $1 million for the upgrade of the Nubeena Clubrooms, additional showers and toilet facilities for both sport, recreation and as designated evacuation centre.  Lighting and irrigation upgrade of associated outdoor sporting fields,” Senator Martin said..

“I congratulate Mayor Kelly Spaulding and her team for the compelling case they put to me and I am glad that Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals Leader Michael McCormack has agreed to commit the funding,” Senator Martin said.

“As this is an election commitment, it is contingent on the re-election of the Liberals and Nationals Government.”

“This is another example of the Nationals putting locals first and I ask locals to put the Nationals first on their Senate ballot paper on Saturday.”

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

Nationals in Government commit $1.325 million for Huon Valley Council projects

Two key projects on Huon Valley  Council’s  priority list will proceed if the Nationals are returned to Government, Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin has announced.

Senator Martin delivered the good news in the company of Huon Valley Mayor Bec Enders in Huonville on Thursday morning.

Mayor Enders said that the funding announcement was well received and both initiatives would certainly improve the public amenities for the people of the Huon Valley.

Senator Martin said the Nationals in Government would commit $75,000 to upgrade and repurpose surplus netball courts into free community use tennis courts in Huonville.

“We will also invest $1,250,000 to build a pedestrian path from Palmers Road along the Huon Highway in Port Huon.”

“I congratulate Mayor Bec Enders and her team for the compelling case they put to me and I am glad that Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals Leader Michael McCormack has agreed to commit the funding,” Senator Martin said.

He said he was concerned about reports the Labor Party was planning to cancel projects like these if it came to power.

”Until Labor changes its tune, the only way to guarantee that these projects go ahead is to vote 1 Nationals,” Senator Martin said.

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

Senator Martin calls for further expansion of Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme

The Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme (TFES)  has been improved but requires further expansion in order to be fair to all Tasmanians and that should be a priority of the incoming Government regardless of its stripes, Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin says.

“I played my own part in strengthening the future of the TFES, which some commentators would like to see abolished,” Senator Martin said.

“I also acknowledge the Nationals in Government invested last year an additional $200 million to extend the TFES for transhipped international export goods.

“This has meant significant additional assistance to Tasmanian exporters.”

“However not everyone is a winner.”

“Whoever is sworn into Government next week needs to address the following iniquities:

l Horse floats and wide caravans need to be given the same level of support as other vehicles.

l There needs to be an exemption for silage as we help our mainland cousins cope with the drought.

l Charities need to be put on the same footing as small businesses and be entitled to claim.”

“For example, the excellent not-for-profit Loaves and Fishes should get the same benefits as other Tassie enterprises which export to the Mainland.”

Senator Martin said the issue should be beyond partisan politics and called on his Liberal and Labor counterparts to support his push for a fair further expansion of the TFES.

Nationals in Government commit $1.98 million for nine Southern Midlands Council projects

Nine projects on Southern Midlands Council’s  priority list will proceed if the Nationals are returned to Government, Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin has announced.

Senator Martin delivered the good news in the company of Southern Midlands Mayor Alex Green and Lyons Nationals candidate Deanna Hutchinson in Oatlands on Wednesday.

Mayor Green, on behalf of the Southern Midlands community, welcomed the announcement of an election commitment of $1.98 million by Senator Steve Martin on behalf of the Nationals.

“The funding will see the implementation of a range of projects that will provide considerable benefits to communities right across the Southern Midlands Council area,” Mayor Greene said.

Lyons Nationals candidate Deanna Hutchinson said it was all about putting locals first.

“Communities like those in Southern Midlands have enormous potential in the digital age, but if we want more families to move here we have to provide the sort of social and leisure infrastructure we are delivering with these commitments,” Ms Hutchinson said.

The projects the Nationals in Government have pledged to fund are:

1. $250,000 for the undergrounding of overhead power lines and associated streetscape improvement works along the Esplanade at Oatlands.

2. $220,000 for the upgrade of walkways around the Lake Dulverton Conservation Area to form an all-weather surface that is suitable for recreational use, primarily waking and cycling.

3. $100,000 for the construction of paths that are suitable for recreational use, primarily walking and cycling at Campania Bush Reserve.

4. $500,000 for the Oatlands Destination Playground project including play equipment and associated earthworks and landscaping.

5. $75,000 for Kempton Town Development project including the upgrade of the heritage clock tower, landscpaing and the enhancement of the forecourt at Kempton Memorial Hall.

6. $230,000 for the Broadmarsh Streetscape project.

7. A further $500,000 towards the construction of the 6 lane x 25 M  Oatlands Indoor Pool which is also being funded by Council and the State Government.

8. $50,000 for an extension of the Oatland History Rooms Building.

9. $55,000 for a pedestrian bridge at the Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary, which is very popular with bush walkers, bird watchers and families owing to its proximity to Hobart.

“I congratulate Mayor Alex Green and his team for the compelling case they put to me and I am glad that Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals Leader Michael McCormack has agreed to commit the funding,” Senator Martin said.

He said he was concerned about reports the Labor Party was planning to cancel projects like these if it came to power.

”Until Labor changes its tune, the only way to guarantee that these projects go ahead is to vote 1 Nationals,” Senator Martin said.

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

Work begins on major Devonport Soccer Club upgrade

The redevelopment of the Devonport City Soccer Club is now under way thanks to a $385,000 grant secured by Steve Martin and the Nationals in Government late last year.

Senator Martin celebrated the milestone at the Club grounds with players and officials as well as Braddon Nationals candidate Sally Milbounre.

“This is a very important development for sport in Devonport. Works include a new change room for female players who until now have had to use the board room,” Senator Martin said.

“The upgrade will also provide better facilities for juniors.”

“Soccer is one of the fastest growing sports in Tasmania at about eight per cent per year and I am pleased the Nationals in Government have recognised thqt with this grant.”

Senator Martin said it was just one of more than 100 projects worth in excess of $150 million the Nationals had committed to regional Tasmania over the past twelve months.

“While the money is obviously safe for this project, I again call on the Labor Party to backtrack on their vow to cancel others.”

“Each project builds a stronger community somewhere in regional Tasmania and each one is too important to play politics with.”

”Until Labor changes its tune, the only way to guarantee that all of these projects go ahead is to vote 1 Nationals,” Senator Martin concluded

Tasmanian Labor MPs failed to advocate for regional projects, must now support them

Tasmania’s Labor MPs are not only promising to cancel projects in regional Tasmania which the Nationals have announced, but they have failed to advocate for grants to regional communities over the past three years, according to Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin.

“The Nationals have a plan to deliver a fair share for regional Tasmanians.        Since our Government was elected and despite the Labor representation in Tasmania, we have been funding projects, big and small,” Senator Martin said.

“We are funding the highways and by-ways, the Bass, Murchison and Midland Highways are all benefitting from increased funding.”

“Where Labor has really let Tassie down is by not working with local governments and local representatives on smaller projects that help lift our regional communities.”

“I’m not aware that any Tassie Labor MP or Senator has been in touch with the Government to talk about or advocate for projects like the $6.5 million Penguin Forshore project.

“If they have, where is the evidence? Why haven’t we heard about it?”

“If Labor were serious they would be announcing their full support for the $1.35 million Somerset All ability playground and all the other funding we have been working on delivering.

“As a proud Nationals Senator in Tassie, I’ve been travelling our State everyday, talking to communities, talking to local leaders and then talking to the people in Canberra that matter – the people who can help us deliver the plan for Tassie, to help our State grow into the future.”

Tasmanian Labor MPs must come clean on how many regional Tasmanian communities they will let down

Tasmanina Nationals Senator Steve Martin is demanding Labor MPs ‘fess up’ on exactly which of the one hundred plus projects he has secured for regional communities they will cancel.

“Most of the $150 million plus worth of projects have been signed off, but some will need to be confirmed by the incoming Government and these are the among the ones Labor has actually been boasting they will tear up,” Senator Martin said.  

“The fact is the only way any of these great projects will not proceed is if a Shorten Labor Government and any Tasmanian Labor MPs who get elected cancel them.”

“The processs for selecting these projects has been sound. I have visited regional Tasmanian municipalities, they have prepared business cases at ratepayer’s expense and I have secured the commitment from Canberra.”

“So the challenge to Labor is which communities are you going to let down?

- Will Labor deny sports clubs across regional Tasmania female changing rooms?

- Will Labor deprive Somerset and Hadspen families new all abilities playgrounds?

- Will Labor stop the desperately needed expansion of the King Island Early Learning Centre?

- Will Labor cancel funding for a new food truck for Devonport Lions?”

Senator Martin said all one hundred plus projects he had announced were funded in the current 2018/19 so had zero impact on Labor’s election policy costings.

“I call on Labor to stop playing politics at the expense of regional communities and get behind these projects which are all about getting a fair share for regional Tasmania and building stronger communities.”

”The fact is the only way to guarantee that these projects go ahead is to vote 1 Nationals,” Senator Martin concluded

Co funded project brings 11 new jobs to Flinders Island

The Flinders Wharf Tourism and Innovation Hub, officially opened by Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin and Bass Nationals candidate Carl Cooper, signals the start of 11 new ongoing permanent jobs on the Island.

Senator Martin said the Nationals in Government contribution of $612,450 amounted to almost half the cost of the $1.361 million project with Quoin Holdings providing the balance.

“I visited the construction site a couple of months ago, was hugely impressed and its great to see it become a reality,” Senator Martin said.

“The project will transform a disused storage shed at the wharf into a hub where visitors and locals can congregate to experience the best of what Flinders Island has to offer.”

“It will transform the island’s capacity to contribute to regional visitor economy goals by offering a unique setting for activities, capitalising on the island’s natural attractions, gourmet produce and niche industries.”

Key features of the project include the renovation of an existing shed to accommodate:

l the new Furneaux Whiskey Distillery

l the relocation and expansion of the current A Taste of Flinders café

l helicopter tour booking office operated by Flinders Island Aviation and Unique Charters

l long- and short-term office space for innovative island businesses and consultants

l a flexible function/conference room providing the highest capacity (90) of any venue on Flinders Island

l a fully-equipped commercial kitchen supporting events, conferences, functions, product development and skills training