Liberal and Nationals Government delivers $100,000 for Latrobe cricket

Perkins Park in Latrobe is set to undergo major upgrades thanks to a large grant from the Liberal & Nationals Federal Government, Tasmanian Senators Richard Colbeck and Steve Martin announced on Sunday.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said it is important community sport infrastructure keeps up with the needs of locals.

“Latrobe has seen growing grassroots sport participation, particularly from women and girls, and delivering a strong economy and Budget surplus has allowed us to back them to upgrade their Club facilities,” Senator Colbeck said.

Tasmanian Nationals Senator Martin said delivering funding for regional Tasmania was his most important focus.

“I recently brought Nationals Deputy Leader and Minister for Sport Bridget McKenzie to Latrobe to help convince her of the merit of Council’s funding application. A successful outcome followed,” Senator Martin said.

Latrobe Mayor Peter Freshney welcomed the funding boost.

“Latrobe Council has an ambitious plan to upgrade Perkins Park with the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant of $100,000 from Canberra expanding the project through the installation of additional lighting, the re-orientation of the concrete wicket, a new playing surface, replacement of existing training nets, new goal posts and barrier fencing to address risk issues,” Mayor Freshney said.

“This project is particularly important and will assist in meeting the needs of continued participation growth in both football and cricket of local girls and boys.”

For information on how to apply for a Liberal and Nationals Government sports grant, please visit

Nationals deliver $98,500 'fair share' for Scottsdale's female football players

Scottsdale Football Club’s multi-use facility is set to undergo a major upgrade thanks to a large grant from the Liberal & Nationals Federal Government, Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin announced on Friday at the club.

“I recently brought Nationals Deputy Leader and Minister for Sport Bridget McKenzie to meet with club officials to help convince her of the merit of their funding application. A successful outcome followed,” Senator Martin said.

 “Scottsdale Football Club is incredibly popular in the sports mad North East. It has 300 playing members including three female teams.”

“The $98,500 grant they won will provide long overdue showers, toilets and better changing rooms for female and junior players.”

Nationals Candidate for Bass, Carl Cooper said that the funding would be very well received by the Scottsdale community.

“It is encouraging that the Liberals & Nationals Federal Government recognise the importance of this funding, to not only the Scottsdale Football Club, but also to the greater region,” Mr Cooper said.

“Female participate in football is increasing all across the country, so it is vital that football clubs have the appropriate infrastructure to accommodate existing players and encourage more to join their local club.

Similar grants have recently been awarded for soccer in Devonport, netball in Deloraine, cricket in Latrobe and tennis in Launceston.

“Getting a fair share for regional Tasmania means getting a fair share for sports, so it is great the Nationals in Government have been able to deliver for these communities,” Senator Martin said.

“Unlike the city politicians, my only focus is getting a fair share for regional Tasmania and that is why I keep coming back to Scottsdale to listen to the locals.”

“We have already pumped $25 million into the Scottsdale Irrigation Scheme which is going to turbo charge the local economy and jobs. But I am also passionate about social infrastructure,” Senator Martin concluded.

For information on how to apply for a Liberal and Nationals Government sports grant, please visit

Delivering a fair share for aged care in Deloraine

Grenoch Home in Deloraine is set to undergo a major upgrade following its success in securing a $497,696 grant from the Liberals and Nationals Government in Canberra, Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin announced at the facility on Thursday.

“This is what getting a fair share for regional Tasmania looks like - it is all about pushing for more money from Canberra and Hobart for towns like Deloraine, which also recently won federal funds to help build two new netball courts,” Senator Martin said.

“I have been lobbying for funding under the Liberal and Nationals Government’s new $40 million Aged Care Regional, Rural and Remote Infrastructure Grants scheme ever since it was first announced last September.”

“There are nearly 3000 aged care facilities across Australia, so it is a big deal for Deloraine to get nearly half a million dollars from a total of $40 million.”

Aged Care Deloraine CEO Charlie Emmerton said the money would help make the facility even more attractive for residents and their families.

“We will be building a new laundry and completely renovating the kitchen, which will create a new dining experience,” Mr Emmerton said.

The 47-bed Grenoch Nursing Home for Aged Care Deloraine offers residential aged care and respite care with a registered nurse on duty 24/7.

Amenities include couple accommodation, air conditioners and private bathroom in every room and a hairdressing salon. The home is set amongst beautiful gardens, with magnificent views over the Western Tiers, offering residents a homely feel.

Nationals in Government deliver sporting upgrades across regional Tasmania

Eight regional Tasmanian sporting clubs will benefit from major upgrades thanks to grants from the Nationals in Federal Government announced on Monday by Australian Minister for Sport Bridget McKenzie and Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin.

Senator McKenzie, who visited the sites at Launceston, Devonport and Deloraine with Steve Martin, said her Nationals colleague had lobbied hard on behalf of the successful applicants, notably through videos on his Facebook page.

“He is a tenacious advocate for regional Tasmania and we both share a love for sport because we understand its benefits, particularly for the development of children,” Senator McKenzie said.

Senator Martin said the positive outcome vindicated his move to join the Nationals in Government earlier this year.

In politics, like in sport, you can sit on the sidelines and complain or get on the field and score goals. I am glad I chose the latter,” Senator Martin said.

  • Launceston Tennis won $500,000 towards much needed changing room, toilet and office facilities;

  • Devonport City Soccer Club was awarded $385,000 for changing rooms (particularly for female players who had to use the board room);

  • Meander Valley Council is getting $50,000 towards two new flood lit courts at Deloraine.

  • Leven Yacht Club at Ulverstone will improve beach access for sailing thanks to a grant of $11,680.

  • Huon Valley PCYC has won $65,000 for solar power and energy efficient lighting.

  • The fields at Kingsborough Sports Centre will soon be usable all year round thanks to a $113,000 investment in sub soil drainage.

  • Weily Park Oval facilities in Bridgewater, including the changing rooms, kiosk and verandah will undergo a $192,000 upgrade.

  • Oatlands Golf Club has won $54,000 for solar power and upgrading catering facilities.

Senator Steve Martin demands Royal Commission into fuel prices and supermarkets

A Royal Commission into supermarket behaviour and fuel prices is needed to stop Tasmanian families being ripped off at the bowser and Tasmanian farmers being ripped off by Coles and Woolworths, according to Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin.

“I am launching a petition so I have the backing of people power when I try to convince the federal Government to initiate a Royal Commission into the misuse of market power by Australia’s supermarkets, and petrol retailing in Australia, Senator Martin said.

“Tasmanians are being gouged every time they fill up. The average price for unleaded at the end of November was between $1.22 and $1.25 a litre in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane but $1.60 a litre across Tasmania.”

“With very little public transport options in Tasmania and the longer distances travelled in regional Tasmania, it is a huge financial burden on local communities and businesses,” Senator Martin said.

“And just like with the banks, only a full blown Royal Commission will force the supermarkets to reveal and correct the exploitative way they treat Tasmanian farmers and food processors.”

“Coles and Woolies are bullies taking advantage their 75 per cent share of the supermarket industry.”

“It has become almost impossible for independent butchers and grocers to compete even though we produce the best and cleanest food in the world,

The petition can be signed on the Senator Steve Martin Facebook page or search for Royal Commission at

Regional Tasmanian students disadvantaged by Uni housing costs

The University of Tasmania needs to do more on the accommodation front to ensure regional Tasmanians are not dissuaded from pursuing and continuing further education, according to Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin.

“Constituents have approached me to advise the University is not renewing leases on student housing, causing considerable angst among regional students who cannot afford Hobart’s very expensive private rental market,” Senator Martin said.

“This is unfair on students from the country because Hobart students often already have their own accommodation or live with their parents.”

“I have written to the Vice Chancellor offering to go into bat in Canberra for him and suggesting the University tackle the problem by increasing the supply of student accommodation and offering more courses outside Hobart.”

“Further expanding the University’s footprint in regional Tasmania will give all Tasmanian students a fairer go, it will boost economic activity in regional centres, and make it a truly all of Tasmania university,” Senator Martin concluded.


Long term plan needed to fix Tasmanian health crisis

Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin has applauded Speaker Sue Hickey’s intervention into the Tasmanian hospitals debate, saying he had been making similar points for over a decade.

“With successive State Governments it has always been about short term fixes and never about the long term planning needed to get our hospitals off life support,” Senator Martin said.

“Despite record health funding from the Commonwealth to Tasmania, there is a deadly game of musical beds being played out between Launceston General Hospital, North West Regional Hospital in Burnie and Mersey Community Hospital at Latrobe”

“The State Government’s response to this endemic crisis is to fly nurses and clinicians in from the mainland and build helipads to fly patients to other hospitals.”

“This is an incredibly expensive and short sighted response to the crisis and has clearly not worked for the past decade.”

“That is why I share Speaker Hickey’s view that the Hobart Liberal Government does need to sit down with stakeholders including those from regional Tasmania and set a new course.”

“That is what we did to save Mersey Community Hospital from the Hobart axe in 2007 and that is what must be done now,” Senator Martin concluded.

Meetings between industry and government "positive for Tasmanian coastal shipping"

Tasmanians can be confident of a positive future for Tasmanian coastal shipping following meetings between the industry and the federal government brokered by Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin.

"All industries need legislative reform from time to time. The key to success is making sure legislators understand the impact of their proposals, especially in Tasmania which so often has different challenges and opportunities compared to the Mainland," Senator Martin said.

"Coastal Shipping in Tasmania is well represented by the Tasmanian Logistics Committee chaired by Ability Logistics Tasmania General Manager, Brett Charlton.

"I arranged meetings between Mr Charlton's Committee and Federal Government officials in both Canberra and Tasmania this year."

"As a result, there is increased mutual understanding and, in particular, a recognition that Tasmania is a special case."

Tasmanian Logistics Chairman Brett Charlton said the meetings had been positive.

"What Tasmanian business needs is both reform to make the sector more competitive and protection to ensure temporary international entrants to the market don't damage permanent local players," Mr Charlton said.

Sparing wealthier churches does not justify fire sale of the others, Senator Martin says

Tasmanian Anglican bishop Richard Condie’s partial backflip on property sales is cold comfort for parishioners and supporters of the dozens of regional Tasmanian churches that remain on the chopping block, according to Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin.

“I note Bishop Condie said most of the properties removed from the list were where parishes had raised the funds equivalent to their redress contribution,” Senator Martin said.

"In other words wealthier communities were able to buy a lifeline for their place of worship but if you can’t send enough cash to Hobart, you have to kiss your church goodbye.”

“The redress money is important but this is a short-sighted and highly questionable fund raising strategy, particularly when 75 per cent of the proceeds won’t be used for that purpose.”

“I have received heartfelt pleas from people all over Tasmania, like one older lady desperate to save the beautiful St James Church in Colebrook.”

“As she wrote to the Bishop, it features a stained glass window in memorial to soldiers of the Great War and ‘if we lose our history, we lose part of ourselves’.”

“Unfortunately, she was unable to change the Bishop’s mind.”

Senator Martin said numerous people had signed his petition at and pledged he would not give up until the ink dries on the last sale deed.

“The rest of Australia should pay heed because if the Anglican hierarchy gets away with this in Tasmania, they’ll likely follow suit on the mainland,” Senator Martin warned.

Tasmanian Anglican churches facing sale and closure

All Saints Church, Melton Mowbray; All Souls Church & Cemetery, Patersonia; Christ Church, Low Head; Church of the Ascension & Hall, Lilydale; Church of the Good Shepherd, Hadspen; St Alban’s Church, Pipers River; St Andrew’s Church & Hall, Lenah Valley; St Anne’s Church and Hall, Lutana; St Augustine’s Church, Macquarie Plains; St Barnabas’ Church & Hall; St Barnabas’ Church and Hall, South Arm; St Bartholomew’s Church, Forest; St David’s Church, Riverside; St George’s Church & Cemetery, Gagebrook; St George’s Church, Mathinn; St James’ Church & Hall, Northdown; St James’ Church and Hall, Montague Bay; St James’ Church, Colebrook; St James’ Church, Jericho; St James the Less Church, Osterley; St John the Baptist Church, Buckland; St John the Baptist Church, Branxholm; St John the Evangelist Church, Lower Marshes; t John’s Church & Cemetery, Franklin; St John’s Church & Cemetery, Plenty; St John’s Church, Railton; St John’s Church, Ross; St Luke’s Church & Hall, Latrobe; St Luke’s Church, Judbury; St Mark’s Chapel of Ease, Bellerive; St Mark’s Church & Hall, Bridport; St Mark’s Church & Hall, Launceston; St Mark’s Church, Cressy; St Martin’s Church & Hall, Chigwell; St Martin’s Church, Dunalley; St Mary’s Church, Gretna; St Mary’s Church, Hall & Burial Ground, Kempton; St Michael’s Church, Kimberley; St Olave’s Church, Stony Rise; St Oswald’s Church & Hall; St Oswald’s Church, Tunbridge; St Paul’s Church & Hall, Stanley; St Paul’s Church/Hall, Myalla; St Peter’s Church & Rectory, Fingal; St Peter’s Church, Blackmans Bay; St Peter’s Church, Hall and Rectory; St Stephen’s Church & Hall, Sandy Bay; St Thomas’ Church & Cemetery, Tea Tree; and St Thomas’ Church, Avoca.

Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin recovering from surgery

Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin is recovering at his Devonport home following successful surgery to replace a heart valve at Royal Hobart Hospital last week.

“I am very grateful for the dedication and skills of Tasmanian health professionals and for the strong moral support I have received from family, close friends and my staff,” Senator Martin said.

“We may disagree on the levels and distribution of public hospital funding in Australia, but we have the best public health system in the world and I would not want this procedure done anywhere else.”

Senator Martin is expected to take some weeks to fully recover following the operation but stressed his office is running as normal.

He has politely respected that his privacy be respected during his convalescence.