Nationals in Government delivering for regional communities

Tasmanian Senator Steve Martin says regional communities are benefiting from the Nationals in Government. The 2018 Budget included almost a billion dollars towards major projects in Tasmania, many of them in the regions.

“There’s $400 million towards a package of targeted works, including the Bass Highway corridor, under the Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative,” Senator Martin said. “There’s also a further $59.8 million to deliver the second tranche of the Freight Rail Revitalisation program - tranche one is well underway and is already delivering benefits to our mining, processing, forestry and manufacturing sectors. A further $456 million has been committed to projects beyond 2021-22.”

Ensuring regional people get their fair share, giving them a voice in Parliament, including keeping communities safe and improving road networks, is a key part of what the Nationals are all about. Senator Martin said the Nationals in Government had made a $400 million investment in the $500 million Midland Highway Upgrade as part of that commitment.

“By continuing to improve road safety, reduce travel times for drivers, better connect communities and boost the State’s economic growth – including supporting major industries such as tourism and agriculture – we are directly addressing safety concerns on one of the most important road corridors in Tasmania,” he said. “The Midland Highway Upgrade will significantly reduce the likelihood of single vehicle, loss-of-control and head-on crashes, which currently make up 70 per cent of all crashes on the highway. It’s critical that regional Tasmanians have someone representing their interests at both a State and Federal level, advocating for what’s important to us and delivering the funding to make those promises a reality.”

The National Party is Australia’s only dedicated voice committed to working for the interests of people outside the major cities. For 99 years, the Party’s grassroots membership has had a say on the policies that inform Government decisions, ensuring farmers, small businesses and families have a seat at the table.