State Budget Response

This year’s State Budget has had mixed results for Burnie and the region according to Burnie City Council Mayor Anita Dow.

“While some Burnie specific projects appear to have not been included, we welcome the State Government’s commitment to the Cradle Mountain Master Plan. The Master Plan and proposed upgrade to the Cradle Mountain tourist facilities are a game changer for the region and the State and will create an iconic destination in the North West.”

“We are also excited with the commitment to the Northern Cities Major Development Initiative which will see $15 million allocated in the North West, some of which will go towards the development of the UTAS West Park site. The project will not only enhance educational opportunities, it will also provide significant economic benefits to the City of Burnie and the North West region.”

“This project allows for the development of the West Park site, resulting in a contemporary, fit-for purpose, accessible and highly visible education facility. The Burnie UTAS campus will have the ability to teach an additional 2,000 students either by degree or associate degree and the project will also encourage closer integration with TasTAFE.”

“The opportunity for North West Coast advanced manufacturers to bid for the $18 million upgrade of new Metro Tasmania buses is also welcome news for the region. While we appreciate that there is a tender process that must be adhered to, we appreciate Treasurer Gutwein’s encouragement for advanced manufacturers to tender for this project. It would be wonderful to see our highly skilled workers doing what they do best.”

“The provision of a helipad for both the North West Regional Hospital and the Mersey Community Hospital is also welcomed. While we knew that this was in the pipeline, this announcement means the health system in the region is another step closer to providing the best quality care to our communities as possible.”

“Funding for accommodation for people with disabilities, and further investment in infrastructure for schools in the region is also a boost for the region.”

“Further investment in the iPlan: Integrated Planning and Building Portal is also welcomed. This is an important project which, upon its completion, will benefit every home builder and commercial developer in the State as they will have access to all the building and planning rules that apply to their land, helping them to make fully informed decisions about their projects. The ability for developers to track their application’s progress is also beneficial.”

For further information please contact

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