BUDGET A MISSED OPPORTUNITY FOR BRADDON
10 May 2017
Federal Member for Braddon Justine Keay said key infrastructure projects in Braddon have missed out in the Federal Budget.
“It is telling Tasmania was not even mentioned in the Treasurer’s speech,” Ms Keay said.
“There is no further commitment for Cradle Mountain and essential upgrades for the Bass Highway at Latrobe and between Marrawah and Burnie.
“These projects have the potential to grow the economy and jobs in the region, but once again Braddon has been neglected by the Turnbull Government.”
Ms Keay said despite Deloitte Access Economics projecting the Cradle Mountain masterplan would generate about 140 long term jobs and $29 million of additional economic activity in the region, the Coalition was still missing in action on this important project.
“It’s almost a year since the Turnbull Government was elected and yet the region is still waiting for the measly $1 million feasibility study to get underway,” Ms Keay said.
“We also know the Bass Highway is continuing to carry increased freight volumes out of Circular Head and increased tourism numbers along the coast. But both levels of Government are continuing to ignore calls from the community and Council for work to be done on the section of road between Burnie and Marrawah.
“At Latrobe, the Council has told us further development of its industrial estate is being hindered without improvements to the entry and exits off the Highway.
“The Cradle Mountain Masterplan is the number one infrastructure project for all the regions, but has been ignored.
“The Government has also failed to deliver in health and education with a three year delay to reversing cuts to Medicare putting bulk billing at risk.
“While I welcome the provision of funds for the long term future of the Mersey Community Hospital there is very little other specific health funding for Tasmania that will be of any benefit.
“There are no surprises that the $22 billion cuts to schools and cuts to universities have appeared in today’s budget, but the reality is that it will have a detrimental effect on the education of our young people.
“It is very happy to give a tax cut for millionaires but give a tax hike to working people.
“In short, this budget proves once again the Turnbull Government has ignored Tasmania and has the wrong priorities.”