Tasmanian Labor MPs failed to advocate for regional projects, must now support them

Tasmania’s Labor MPs are not only promising to cancel projects in regional Tasmania which the Nationals have announced, but they have failed to advocate for grants to regional communities over the past three years, according to Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin.

“The Nationals have a plan to deliver a fair share for regional Tasmanians.        Since our Government was elected and despite the Labor representation in Tasmania, we have been funding projects, big and small,” Senator Martin said.

“We are funding the highways and by-ways, the Bass, Murchison and Midland Highways are all benefitting from increased funding.”

“Where Labor has really let Tassie down is by not working with local governments and local representatives on smaller projects that help lift our regional communities.”

“I’m not aware that any Tassie Labor MP or Senator has been in touch with the Government to talk about or advocate for projects like the $6.5 million Penguin Forshore project.

“If they have, where is the evidence? Why haven’t we heard about it?”

“If Labor were serious they would be announcing their full support for the $1.35 million Somerset All ability playground and all the other funding we have been working on delivering.

“As a proud Nationals Senator in Tassie, I’ve been travelling our State everyday, talking to communities, talking to local leaders and then talking to the people in Canberra that matter – the people who can help us deliver the plan for Tassie, to help our State grow into the future.”