Nationals in Government deliver over $7.6m in funding for Latrobe Council including long awaited by-election promise

Key projects on Latrobe Council’s priority list will become a reality thanks to over $7.6m in grants from the Nationals in Government, Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin has announced.

 Latrobe Flood Mitigation will finally receive $3.4m for the construction of a flood levee system for the Latrobe township.

 Senator Martin said the money had been promised during the Braddon byelection but not delivered, which is why he went and banged on door of Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals Leader Michael McCormack.

 “I am not sure why it fell off the radar but the problem has now been solved,” Senator Martin said.

 The Nationals Senator also secured $4m towards the Camp Banksia redevelopment, including improving disability access and amenity and the creation of a Port Sorell Performing Arts Hub on site.

 Steve Martin said he had met with the leadership of the Port Sorell Surf Club recently and gone into bat for their badly needed upgrade.

 “They will receive $230,000 for a building extension for new amenities and change rooms, including male and female change rooms, showers and ambulant toilets and showers.”

 “Locals know just how hard community volunteers worked to establish the club over the last few decades and I can’t think of a more worthy organisation for taxpayer investment.”

 “I visit these communities, listen to what locals want and go and fight for them in Canberra. It is great news that Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals Leader Michael McCormack has agreed to release all this money.”

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