Prime Minister of Tasmania – A strong economy delivering the essential services Tasmanians expect and deserve

September 23, 2022

Jeremy Rockliff, Prime Minister

The Liberal Government of Tasmania is strengthening our economy by investing in transformational infrastructure that will support jobs and allow us to invest more in essential services such as health, housing and education.

This week I announced our plans to build a new arts, entertainment and sports district at Macquarie Point. This is exactly the kind of project our state needs to keep our economy strong and to ensure that Tasmania remains the best place to work, live and play.

In fact, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ independent report showed that it:

  • inject $300 million into the local economy through construction and support 4,200 jobs;
  • inject $85 million per year and support 950 jobs once operational;
  • unlock new industries in the arts, entertainment and sports sectors;
  • supporting retail, hospitality and tourism;
  • generate consumption of 162 million dollars per year, or the equivalent of 350,000 overnight stays;
  • enable public transport corridors, including a ferry network; and
  • enriching the lives of Tasmanians with events that can happen to our state on a scale never seen before.

We have also taken another step in our quest for an AFL license for Tasmania, with the AFL Commission approving our offer and our strong offer now with all 18 club chairmen ahead of a final decision in the coming weeks.

This unique opportunity will bring substantial social and economic benefits to the entire state, and I am confident that we will get the right decision that will make the AFL a truly national competition, once and for all.

We also launched a number of other important initiatives over the past week, such as:

  • Official inauguration of the brand new prenatal clinic at the North West Regional Hospital;
  • Launched a new service to support those experiencing the ongoing effects of COVID-19;
  • Announcing new record results for tourism in Tasmania, with Tasmania’s latest Visitor Survey confirming that visitors are big spenders and supporting local jobs and our economy;
  • Helped innovative businesses in Tasmania grow and create jobs through the Building Projects Support Scheme;
  • Visited the Bay of Fires Plateau, which has been fantastic for jobs and our economy, especially on the West Coast;
  • Having regard to the Ministerial Reference Group meeting to continue to explore all opportunities and ideas to address housing stress for vulnerable Tasmanians;
  • Oversaw three Tasmanian venues that were selected in the FIFA Team Base Camp shortlist for the 2023 Women’s World Cup;
  • Released new legislation to better protect our children and young people with public consultation now open for the Miscellaneous Aspects of Justice (Royal Commission Amendments) Bill 2022;
  • We have taken another major step in the implementation of our energy saving loan program with Brighte Capital confirmed as financing partner and program provider;
  • opened the Deloraine Pump Track to the community following a $250,000 commitment to the project from our government;
  • Reopening of the Eastern Arthur Range Traverse, Huon Track and the entire Western Arthur Range Traverse following a $2.4 million project;
  • Received over $420,000 in grants from recent Arts Tasmania funding rounds; and
  • We welcomed our first MyHome customer and new owner through the new MyHome Shared Equity program.

And while our government has worked hard to address the issues that matter to Tasmanians, the Labor Party has embarrassed itself with a series of blunders such as failure to answer basic questions about gaming policy, and incredibly claim that now is not the right time for major infrastructure investment in Tasmania.

It is clear that only the Liberal Government of Tasmania understands that investing to grow the economy and create jobs allows government to invest in the essential services Tasmanians need and deserve.

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