Nationals in Government deliver nearly $7m for King Island Council key projects

Key projects on King Island Council’s priority list will become a reality thanks to over $6.95m in grants from the Nationals in Government, Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin has announced.

Senator Martin delivered the good news during a visit to King Island on Friday and Saturday with new Nationals candidate for Braddon, Sally Milbourne.

“$5 million will be invested in the much-needed worker accommodation and service hub development project,” Senator Martin said.

This involves a refit of the KIRDO Building into accommodation, 21 ensuite rooms, communal kitchen, dining, laundry and site office as well as the development of a purpose built service hub to house the Library, Service Tasmania, Tourist Information and current tenants of KIRDO.

$1 million will go towards Council’s Community Sport Facility project which involves the redevelopment of the tennis club to create a 24/7 open access community gym and treatment rooms for health professionals.

$650,000 will fund the Early Childhood Education and Care Facility upgrade to cater for increasing demand on services.

$300,000 will fund upgrades of the Grassy Sport Complex Oval, including drainage to allow year round usage and the construction of new change rooms.

Senator Martin visited King Island in March to announce that he had secured $62,000 from Canberra to replace the leaking roof on the 75 year-old King Island Club in Currie and $17,500 to help shape future King Island leaders with the expansion of the successful North West Tasmanian Coasters initiative to the Island.”

 “We 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 the money.”

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