Latest News from the Tasmanian Liberals
Peter Gutwein, Treasurer
In a win for retailers heading into the busy festive season ABS data today confirms Tasmania’s retail trade grew 3.6 per cent over the year to October 2019, the second fastest state in the country. What’s more, Tasmanian retail trade grew at the fastest rate in the country in the month of October.
These strong results, which outpaced national growth over the same period, continue to demonstrate a confident market, where Tasmanians are backing their local businesses and supporting local jobs.
Mark Shelton, Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management
The Hodgman majority Liberal Government is committed to keeping Tasmanians safe from the threat of bushfires.
As the State prepares for the summer bushfire season, 13 trainee firefighters put their skills to the test at the Cambridge Training Facility today. The trainees began their four month training course in the first week of October and will graduate in mid-February as ‘truck-ready’ members of the dedicated and hard-working Tasmanian Fire Service team.
Guy Barnett, Minister for Resources
The Hodgman majority Liberal Government is a proud supporter of Tasmania’s mining and minerals sector, which is a key pillar of our economy, providing 55 per cent of our exports and supporting thousands of jobs in regional communities.
Through our $2 million Exploration Drilling Grant Initiative we are continuing to grow our minerals sector, injecting more investment into our economy and supporting local jobs.
Elise Archer, Minister for Arts
The Hodgman majority Liberal Government continues to support emerging Tasmanian artists.
That is why we are proud to announce Launceston based artist Samantha Dennis as the recipient of the 2019 FIND Contemporary Jewellery Collective Bursary.
Now in its second year, the bursary is offered through a partnership between Arts Tasmania and FIND Contemporary Jewellery Collective and provides $1,000 to an emerging or mid-career contemporary jeweller.
Guy Barnett, Minister for Primary Industries and Water
In the interests of prudently managing Tasmania’s water resources, the government supports TasWater’s move to put temporary Stage 1 water restrictions in place for the Hobart region.
Stage 1 water restrictions will ensure that there is sufficient supply for residential and business use, fire preparedness and farmers.
These measures are needed due to an extended period of dry conditions coupled with increased demand.
Guy Barnett, Minister for Energy
Tasmania is on the verge of becoming the renewable energy battery of the nation as the Project Marinus business case confirms that a 1,500 megawatt Bass Strait interconnector is technically feasible and commercially viable.
Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts
The Hodgman majority Liberal Government’s record investment in screen and television production has helped the State sweep the field at the nation’s biggest film and television awards night.
The nation celebrated our State last night, with Tasmanian screen projects named Best Film and Best Telefeature or Mini-series at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (AACTAs).