Council welcomes State Budget outcomes

Burnie City Council has welcomed the outcomes of today’s State Budget.

Mayor Anita Dow said, “Today’s budget indicates that the Government is taking notice of the needs of our region.”

“Council welcomes confirmation that funds will be allocated to enhance the presence of the University of Tasmania at West Park through the Northern Cities Major Developments Initiative. The Cradle Coast campus is an integral component of further education in our region, and in order for it to better service the needs of the region there must be provision for it to expand. Council will be working closely with the university and the State and Federal Government to ensure that development occurs at the West Park site as soon as possible. We will also be seeking community input into the master plan for this expansion project.”

“News that operational funding for the North West Regional Cancer Centre has been included in the budget is a great relief for the whole region. There had been concerns about the operational funding once construction of the cancer centre had been completed, so the commitment of operational funding demonstrates the State Government’s commitment to a vitally important service for our region.”

“We also welcome the initial $3 million funding for the Caterpillar Transition Taskforce which will be allocated to key priorities as determined by members of the Taskforce. However, it is hoped that when significant opportunities are identified that further funding will be made available. The additional $250,000 allocated for Advanced Manufacturing Skills training will also enhance future opportunities for those in the advanced manufacturing sector. It is important that the advanced manufacturing industry has a continued presence in the region, and one of the ways to ensure this is by having a skilled and reliable workforce.”

“Council is also supportive of funding that contributes to economic investment in the region. We look forward to seeing the roll-out of the $5m Regional Revival Fund and the $8m business and jobs attraction fund.”

“Council has been concerned about the relocation of Mineral Resources Tasmania, so it is a relief to see further funding in the budget towards this initiative.”

“The additional funding announced for Parklands High School will assist in providing contemporary education facilities for our young people. Council not only welcomes the additional funding, but also the fact that this project has been brought forward.”

“The North West School of Special Education is a very important facility for many families in our community. The investment of a further $2.6million in the school is an excellent outcome for our community.”

“The refurbishment of the Burnie LINC is also a win for our community. The Burnie LINC has provided valuable services to our community for many years and we see this investment as ensuring that these services will continue well into the future. LINC also plays a very important role in lifelong learning, which is a key objective of our Making Burnie 2030 plan.

“Not only will these projects support a large section of our community but close to $15million in these three projects alone is a welcome boost for the construction industry”.

“We welcome the $250,000 contribution towards the Burnie Tennis Club. This facility is one of the North West regions; key sporting facilities and the funding will go towards renewing the tennis court surfaces which will help ensure that Burnie retains the Burnie International Challenger event which brings in excess of $850,000 to the local economy each year.”

“In general this budget shows the Government’s support for our community’s Making Burnie 2030 plan. Recently, I reinforced to the Premier and Cabinet that council wishes to work in partnership with Government and I look forward to working together with them to not only see these budget projects rolled out but further initiatives developed that support the long term future of our community. I will continue to be advocating for an investment by Government in a mooring dolphin in Burnie Port to allow this region to attract more, and larger, cruise ships.”

For further information please contact

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

Email: jphillips@burnie.net