A series of community projects in Launceston and regional Tasmania will get off the ground or improve thanks to nine grants worth a total of $843,00, thanks to a Nationals in Government program known as the Building Better Regions Fund, Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin announced on Saturday.
“This is central to the Nationals’ mission to build stronger communities and get a fair share for Regional Tasmania,” Senator Martin said.
“The Nationals hold key ministries like Infrastructure, Local Government and Sport and that is how I am able to help get these projects approved.”
In Launceston, the Door of Good Hope Church has won $275,000 towards a project that will convert an unused warehouse into a centre for young adults with disabilities.
Tourism Northern Tasmania has won $11,300 for a professional leadership program.
Rural Youth Tasmania has been awarded nearly $100,000 for an accommodation block at Carrick.
Derwent Valley Council will use $123,650 towards building public toilets in Westerway next to the Hall.
$19,200 will fund a a project called Sustainable Tourism and Agricultural Growth in the Derwent Valley.
Northern Midlands Council has won two grants. $80,000 will fund “wayfinding” sculptures to help with directs to local tourism attractions. A further $17,800 will go towards theatrical performances showing the lives of early convicts in Tasmania.
The Tassie Scallop Fiesta at Bridport will be bigger and better with $19,500 invested to include family friendly fringe activities.
Dorset Council has won $200,000 to build a seven kilometre mountain bike trail linking Branxholm and Derby.
Senator Martin predicted the Nationals in Government would be delivering more grants for regional Tasmanian communities in the coming weeks and months.
Bass Nationals candidate Carl Cooper particularly welcomed the funding for Launceston, Bridport and Dorset.
“It is all about getting a fair share for regional Tasmania, building stronger regional communities and future proofing regional jobs,” Mr Cooper said.