Strategic priority projects for Break O’Day and Glamorgan-Spring Bay Councils will become a reality thanks to the Nationals in Government, according to Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin and Special Envoy for Drought Assistance and Relief Barnaby Joyce.
The pair held a community meeting with Break O'Day Mayor Mick Tucker, farmers and other locals in St Marys and Swansea to announce funding in the region on Thursday.
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.
Senator Martin said the Break O’Day and Glamorgan Spring Bay municipalities had just been added to the expanded Drought Communities program, and each will receive $1 million funding which will stimulate much-needed jobs and investment, supporting local businesses, services and facilities in the area,” Senator Martin said.
“I spent last week on the East Coast listening to locals and I am pleased to report Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals Leader Michael McCormack has agreed to fund key projects identified by the two Councils,” Senator Martin said.
“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.”
$400,000 will be invested towards flood proofing St Marys including a high tech flood warning system which will trigger emergency protocols for the community in times of danger.
$500,000 will bring the Old Tasmanian Hotel in Fingal back to its glory days. The Old Tasmanian Hotel is a focal point of community activities in the township of Fingal. The hotel was originally built by a convict who had been deported to Tasmania for stealing a handkerchief.
Barnaby Joyce said Senator Martin was instrumental in securing millions of dollars for regional Tasmania under Round 3 of the Building Better Regions Fund, in particular the Collective Impact and Wynyard Community Hub Development in Wynyard.
“This sort of delivery from Steve shows that he is one of the most effective and tireless negotiators that Tasmania has ever had. I want to make sure that Steve has a long future in Canberra because I firmly believe that, away from Hobart, he is your best chance of a pure focus on regional Tasmania,” Mr Joyce said.
“The difference that this funding will make to our community, particularly in the area of job creation is really important, not just to our economy but our community," Mayor Tucker added.
“And projects like the refurbishment of the Old Tasmanian Hotel in Fingal and St Marys flood mitigation project are about future proofing our area for our community and as such are very important to Council.”