Nationals in Government commit $6.5m in funding for West Coast Council

Two key projects on West Coast Council’s  priority list will proceed if the Nationals are returned to Government, Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin has announced.

Senator Martin delivered the good news in the company of West Coast Mayor Phil Vickers and Braddon Nationals candidate Sally Milbourne in Zeehan on Tuesday.

“The Nationals in Government will commit $4 million for a major overhaul of West Coast sport and recreation facilities,” Senator Martin said

“The projects involve upgrades to existing facilities, including heritage playing surface, change rooms and other works.”

Senator Martin said a re-elected Liberal and Nationals Government would also invest $2.5 million for  West Coast mountain bike tracks.

“This project is shovel ready so should proceed very quickly giving health lifestyle options to locals and bringing more tourists and therefore jobs to the West Coast,” Senator Martin said.

“The funding comes from the 2018/19 Federal Budget, so it has no impact on election costings, so I would encourage the Labor Party to match our commitments and guarantee these projects go ahead regardless of who wins the election.”

“I congratulate Mayor Phil Vickers and his team for the compelling case they put to me and I am glad that Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals Leader Michael McCormack has agreed to commit the funding,” Senator Martin said.

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

Expanded Tassie recycling plant turning plastic waste into sales

Hundreds of tonnes of soft plastic waste across Tasmania will be recycled, repurposed and turned into new sustainable products following an expansion of the recycling line at Envorinex’s plant in Bell Bay, just off northern Tasmania’s George Town.

 Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s $736,223 contribution to the project is an investment in Tasmanian business and the state’s entrepreneurial spirit.

 “By turning waste products such as shrink wrap, fishing nets, ropes and of course plastic bags into a range of agricultural and industrial goods such as fence palings, posts, rails, roadside safety products and anti-fatigue and industrial-use matting, this ingenious project exemplifies the kind of innovation our regions are famous for,” Mr McCormack said.

 “The project has also more than doubled Envorinex’s workforce, supporting 12 jobs during the project itself with another nine permanent staff taken on board, in a big win for skilled jobs in northern Tasmania.”

 Senator for Tasmania Steve Martin, who attended today’s opening event at the plant, said the purchase and installation of a 42-metre-long recycling line will enable Envorinex to shred, wash, separate and handle a variety of soft plastics.

 “This enables the plant to process a huge amount of waste each year, including a minimum of 600 tonnes of silage wrap, 168 tonnes of fertiliser bags, 507 tonnes of fish feed bags and 316 tonnes of tunnel film – all of which would otherwise have ended up in landfill,” Senator Martin said.

 “By working closely with other industries in the region, including aquaculture, mining, horticulture and agriculture, Envorinex is providing an environmentally friendly solution for these huge volumes of waste and pioneering a new industry in the process.”

 The $1.47 million project was jointly funded by the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government and Poly Marketing Pty Ltd (Envorinex) under the Australian Government’s Regional Jobs and Investment Packages. This is a $222.3 million investment to help diversify regional economies, drive economic growth and deliver sustainable employment.

Nationals in Government commit $8m in funding for Tasmanian Quality Meats meat processing expansion

The Tasmanian meat processing industry will get a $50 million boost under a reelected Liberal and Nationals Government thanks to an $8 million election commitment for Tasmanian Quality Meats, Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin announced at the company’s Cressy meatworks on Wednesday.

Senator Martin delivered the good news in the company of Tasmanian Quality Meats Managing Director Brian Oliver, Lyons Nationals candidate Deanna Hutchinson and farmers Doug Dickinson and Bob Gozzi.

“This is about expanding the Cressy Meat Processing plant to cater for sheep and lamb, particularly significant given the average Australian consumes 9kg of lamb per year,” Senator Martin said.

The expansion includes increased kill capacity, additional kill floor work stations, expansion of lairage, chillers, boning room, freezers (carcass and carton), settling ponds, plant, upgrade of power supply, boiler room, air compressors, skin mixes, amenities  and associated road infrastructure.

The Australian red meat and livestock industry created employment for around 438,100 people. Of these, just over 191,800 people were directly employed in the industry, and a further 246,300 people were employed in businesses servicing the red meat and livestock industry.

The investment in Tasmanian Quality Meats is part of the Nationals’ plan to help industries grow stronger and to attract jobs to regional communities.

“Currently about 750,000 head of lamb/sheep is live exported to the mainland for slaughter only to be brought back to Tasmania as boxed meat.”

“So this grant doesn’t just mean a lot more jobs and upskilling Tasmanian workers, it has significant animal welfare benefits too,” Senator Martin said.

“It is estimated the project will be worth $50 million to the regional Tasmanian economy.”

“I have been fighting for the Tasmanian meat processing industry since the closure of JBS in Devonport and this is a really positive outcome.”

“It is all about my agenda to get a fair share of Australia's red meat and livestock industry worth over $18 billion for regional Tasmania and help build stronger local communities.”

Nationals in Government deliver $235m facelift for Westbury Bowls Club

The Westbury Bowls Club in the Meander Valley is set for a major upgrade courtesy of a $235,000 sports grant delivered by the Nationals in Government, Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin has announced.

Senator Martin delivered the good news at the Club with locals and Lyons Nationals candidate Deanna Hutchinson.

“This is real money from the 2018/19 Budget, not an election promise,” Senator Martin said.

“The Nationals in Government are providing $200,000 for a new synthetic green  and $35,000 for a heating and plumbing overhaul in a building that dates back to 1981,” Senator Martin said.

Senator Martin said the need for the upgrade was raised with him by several locals when he was door knocking in Westbury last year.

“This is a valued community asset. I took the issue to Canberra and brought Sports Minister and Deputy Nationals Leader to Westbury to visit the Club.”

“It is great that as a consequence, she has released the funding for this project,” Senator Martin said.

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

Lyons Nationals candidate Deanna Hutchinson said bowls clubs were a great way for locals, particularly seniors, to say connected in their community.

“That is what the Nationals are about: putting locals first,” Ms Hutchinson said.

Nationals in Government deliver more than $7m for Meander Valley Council

Two key projects on Meander Valley Council’s  priority list will proceed thanks to the Nationals in Government, Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin has announced.

Senator Martin delivered the good news in the company of Meander Valley Mayor Wayne Johnston and Lyons Nationals candidate Deanna Hutchinson.

“This is real money from the 2018/19 Budget, not an election promise, and Council has received the letter from the Commonwealth confirming this,” Senator Martin said.

“The Nationals in Government are providing $6.85 million for the Westbury Recreation Grounds Facility and Capacity Upgrades project,” Senator Martin said.

“This involves a complete site redevelopment including, new club rooms, meeting rooms, a commercial kitchen area and the upgrade of existing change rooms to cater for growing users, travelling teams, umpires, and female participants.”

Senator Martin said a the Nationals in Government were also investing $225,000 to establish a centralised play area in Hadspen

“Hadspen is an urban growth area experiencing the early stages of development that will see a doubling of the population,” Senator Martin said.

“The development of this play area and public toilet facility is in response to vastly increasing community demand.”

“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 commit the funding,” Senator Martin said.

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

Nationals in Government commit $5m in funding for Burnie City Council

A key project on Burnie City Council’s  priority list will proceed if the Nationals win Government, Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin has announced.

Senator Martin delivered the good news in the company of Burnie Mayor Steve Kons and Braddon Nationals candidate Sally Milbourne.

“The Nationals in Government will commit $5 million for the Burnie Cultural Precinct project which will see the amalgamation of the Burnie Regional Museum and the Burnie Regional Art Gallery into a contemporary facility that inspires a love of arts and cultural heritage through innovative, educational and participatory experiences,” Senator Martin said.

“The project is a response to community demand for a more vibrant and connected cultural facility with a goal to improve access, increase engagement, build partnerships and facilitate education.”

“The merger of the two facilities is a key component of the Gallery and Museum Strategic Plan which aims to create a world class precinct, providing a leading visitor experience for the broader community and tourists to Tasmania.”

 “I congratulate Mayor Steve Kons and his team in putting up such a convincing funding bid and I am glad that Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals Leader Michael McCormack has agreed to commit the funding,” Senator Martin said.

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

Nationals in Government commit $2.1m for Derwent Valley projects

Four worthwhile projects for the Derwent Valley will proceed if the Nationals win Government, Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin has announced.

Senator Martin made the commitments in the company of local community leaders and Lyons Nationals candidate Deanna Hutchinson at Willow Court New Norfolk, which is set for a $500,000 upgrade, including site access, infrastructure and parking.

“We are also investing $500,000 for Stage 2 of the New Norfolk Revitalisation, which includes landscaping, lighting, a playground, further trails, pedestrian safety measures and the rehabilitation of the New Norfolk Pool surrounds,” Senator Martin said.

"In a boost for young locals, the Nationals in Government are committing a further $500,000 for the redevelopment of Derwent Valley PCYC, including gyms spaces, change rooms, meeting rooms and the kitchen.”

“$600,000 will fund the redevelopment of the Tynwald Park sports facility. The project includes the development of a new pavilion including change rooms, toilets, a canteen and a community function space."

“Lyons Nationals candidate Deanna Hutchinson and I have been working hard listening to regional Tasmanian communities and delivering the funding they need to make key projects like these a reality.”

“This is part of our agenda of getting a fair share for regional Tasmania and a concrete example of the Nationals in Government putting locals first,” Senator Martin concluded.

Devonport small businesswoman contests Senate for Nationals

Well known East Devonport identity and small businesswoman Wendy Hilditch will contest the second spot on the Tasmanian Nationals Senate ticket.

The announcement was made outside Ms Hildtich’s Dockside Cafe in East Devonport on Tuesday by Leader of the Nationals in the Senate Nigel Scullion and Tasmanian Nationals Leader, Senator Steve Martin.

Senator Scullion said he was pleased to launch the campaign of a hard working small buisness operator committed to regional Tasmania.

“Wendy gets up at 4am to prepare a first or final Tassie breakfast for people leaving or boarding the Spirit of Tasmania. I can’t think of a better ambassador for this great state,” Senator Scullion said.

Senator Martin said Ms Hilditch was the type of down to earth, plain speaking candidate that differentiated the Nationals from other parties.

“Everyone in East Devonport and beyond knows Wendy for her kindness, her opinions and of course her breakfasts,” Senator Martin said.

Ms Hilditch said she had decided to throw her hat in the ring after watching Steve Martin deliver for the area first as Mayor of Devonport and more recently as a Tasmanian Nationals senator.

“Steve’s not just the kind of person we need in Canberra, he is the one person we really need in Canberra to keep getting a fair share for regional Tasmania,” Ms Hilditch said.

‘He’s got a knack of flying back with a bag full of cash for great local projects and that is just one reason I am stoked to be on his team.”

Nationals in Government deliver further $2.1 million boost for Break O'Day

A strategic priority project for Break O’Day Council will become a reality thanks to the Nationals in Government, Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin and Lyons Nationals candidate Deanna Hutchinson announced at a community lunch in St Helens on Tuesday.

“This is another $2.1 million of real money from this year’s budget, not an election promise, and the fact the Nationals have been able to deliver speaks to the quality of the project, Break O’Day Mayor Mick Tucker and his team,” Senator Martin said.

The money will fund the Georges Bay Foreshore Multi-User track project, which will see a complete, off-road connection from St Helens Point Road to St Helens Township. series of paths and cycleways around the foreshore of Georges Bay, The project includes including 750 metres of boardwalk, a new bridge and retaining walls.

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.

“We have been working hard on getting funding for this project for a number of years and I am very proud to see it come to fruition.

“This means that we will now have a complete and safe off-road link for pedestrians and cyclists from the Lions Park all the way to St Helens around beautiful Georges Bay.

“This will be great for locals and visitors alike as they get outside and get active in our beautiful municipality.”

Senator Martin last month delivered $1.9 million to Break O’Day, including $1 million for drought recovery projects, $400,000 for flood mitigation at St Marys and $500,000 to bring bring the Old Tasmanian Hotel in Fingal back to its glory days.

“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,” Senator Martin said.

Lyons Nationals candidate Deanna Hutchinson said the Nationals’ proven record of delivering for regional Tasmanian communities was why she was running for the party.”

“We are all about putting locals first,” Ms Hutchinson said.

Nationals deliver further $6.1 million boost for Glamorgan Spring Bay

Announced in Swansea on Tuesday, strategic priority projects for Glamorgan Spring Bay Council will become a reality thanks to the Nationals in Government, according to Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin. 

Senator Martin said he had spoken with Glamorgan Spring Bay Mayor Debbie Wisby on many occasions and asked her for her top priorities promising to go back to Canberra to fight for the funding.

“This is more than $6 million of real money from this year’s budget, not an election promise, and the fact the Nationals have been able to deliver speaks to the quality of the applications Mayor Wisby submitted,” Senator Martin said.

Mayor Wisby said the funds will revitalise the region and make a world of difference to residents and visitors.  

“Steve Martin approached me, listened and promised to return to Canberra to fight for our municipality.    I thank Steve for fighting and winning the battle to deliver a fair share for Glamorgan Spring Bay,” Mayor Wisby said.

“A small rural municipality like ours would have taken a decade or more to fund these projects, even if half of the project costs were funded by grants. Steve didn’t achieve half the funding, he achieved the lot! Thanks to Steve, our Council can now move forward and rejuvenate our region.”

The Mayor said the windfall would be invested in six key projects.

l $1 million will deliver a boardwalk around Coles Bay providing a safe and accessible pathway with viewing platforms around the Esplanade.

l $1.5 million will redevelop the Bicheno Gulch and Esplanade including parking, paths, seating areas and protection for the little penguins.

l $600,000 will complete the Bicheno area known as the Triangle, including  seating areas, public amenities and landscaping.

l $1 million will fund the Orford Rivulet Bridge replacement.

l In Swansea, $1 million for main street paving to improve pedestrian safety and make the town more attractive to residents and tourists.

l $1 million will fund the Dolphin Sands Shared Pathway to improve safety for residents and the visitor experience.

The windfall follows news last month that the Nationals in Government are providing Break O’Day and Glamorgan Spring Bay municipalities $1 million each for drought recovery.

Senator Martin said it was part of his agenda of getting a fair share for regional Tasmania and a concrete example of the Nationals in Government building stronger Tasmanian communities.