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State of the Regions report highlights Liberal neglect of Tasmania

  • New report shows Tasmania’s regions down the list
  • Federal Liberal Government leaving Tasmania off the map
  • Great projects ready to go right across the state

The latest Australian Local Government Association State of the Regions report is a wakeup call for the State and Federal Liberal governments.

Shadow Minister for Local Government Madeleine Ogilvie said the rankings of Tasmania’s three regions are concerning.

“There are signs of strength in the South, but the State of the Regions report is a reminder that the Federal Government has largely neglected Tasmania in recent years.

“You only had to look at the last Federal Budget to see Tasmania, and in particular regional Tasmania, is not on Canberra’s radar.

“Malcolm Turnbull has left Tasmania off the map, and Will Hodgman has failed to fight to get us back on there.

“The North and North West will continue to rank down the list unless the Federal Government becomes serious about supporting regional Tasmania.

“Where was the support for water and sewerage infrastructure? Where was the funding for tourism infrastructure? Where is the support for our communications and tech infrastructure, which as we know is capable of providing new jobs to regional areas.

“Federal Labor made a strong commitment to Tasmania in the lead up to the last election, with funding for projects like Launceston’s storm water challenge and the Cradle Mountain Master Plan.

“Tasmanian Labor has committed to work in true partnership with local governments in each region to deliver outcomes across all three tiers of government.

“There are great projects in every town and region of Tasmania ready to go. Projects that will strengthen Tasmania’s regions, but we are being let down badly by the Liberals who won’t put the funds on the table.”