Burnie's Federal Budget Wish List

Burnie City Council is hopeful that funding for key community infrastructure projects will be included in the Federal Budget on Tuesday evening.

Burnie City Council Mayor Anita Dow said, “Council has applied for Federal funding for various projects and we are hopeful that Burnie and the region will benefit from Tuesday’s budget.”

“One of the key priorities for the region is the Coastal Pathways Project. Wynyard-Waratah and Burnie Councils have put in a joint submission under the National Stronger Regions Fund for this project, and there is a chance that this round of funding could be announced as part of the Budget.”

“This project will result in the development of approximately 25km of continuous coastal pathway and will provide numerous benefits to local communities including health, tourism, recreation, economic benefits and play a role in attracting young families to our region.”

“The Coastal Pathways Project already has the support of the State Government, so we are now waiting for the Federal Government to support this important community infrastructure project.”

“We have also submitted an application under the National Stronger Regions Fund for the upgrade of the Burnie Tennis Courts, which will allow the Burnie International tennis event to return to the city. The Burnie International is such an important event for our city, with almost $1 million in economic benefit flowing back into the region.”

“Council is also hopeful that the Federal Budget will include support for the UTAS redevelopment at West Park. We are not only looking for capital funding towards this vitally important project, but also to see the Federal Government uncap associate degree places to ensure the on-going success of the University redevelopment.”

“This project will not only enhance educational opportunities, it will also provide significant economic benefits to Burnie and the North West region.”

“The State Government has recognised the importance of investing in education in this region through its Northern Cities funding commitment and I am hopeful that the Federal Government will also support this incredibly important initiative for North and North West Tasmania.”

Mayor Dow also said that the Federal Government should provide support in the Budget to regional communities by funding area technology switches in the business and industry areas of major service centres such as Burnie.

“We continue to believe that anything less than Fibre to the Premises in key business areas will be detrimental to future regional economic development. The Federal Government cannot continue to promote a “National” Innovation and Science Agenda unless it ensures that regional communities have the same access to broadband infrastructure and ICT opportunities as metropolitan areas.” 

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: jphillips@burnie.net