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Kim Beazley - Labor Delivers For Tasmania's North West Coast Monday, 29 October 2001

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Labor Delivers For Tasmania's North West Coast Kim Beazley - Leader of the Opposition

Media Statement - 29 October 2001

Labor is committed to securing a positive future for the people and communities of Tasmania's North West.

Labor's support for the region has been secured by the hard work and constant lobbying of Labor Member for Braddon, Sid Sidebottom.

After listening to the community, Labor has developed a number of measures specifically for the North West Coast. These include:

$40 million for an Advancing the North West Coast initiative, to create new economic opportunities and jobs for the region; ●

$5 million to upgrade the Bass Highway between Burnie and Smithton; ● $1 million to complete the works required on the Australian Axeman's Hall of Fame in Latrobe; and ●

Almost $1 million to support the Burnie Campus of the University of Tasmania to develop materials to develop skills in the dairy industry. ●

Advancing the North West Coast

The centrepiece of a Beazley Labor Government's commitment to the North West will be the $40 million Advancing the North West Coast initiative.

This initiative will address the barriers to economic development and jobs growth, and will be delivered through a partnership between the three levels of government.

Under the Howard Government, people in Tasmania's North West have missed out on a fair share of economic opportunities and jobs.

The Howard government has focused more on privatisation, deregulation and competition policy than the needs of the people and communities missing out.

Labor believes a new commitment is needed, involving active government policy, to support regions like Tasmania's North West Coast.

Through the Advancing the North West Coast initiative, Labor will work with the Cradle Coast Authority and the Bacon Government to strengthen the region's capabilities and create local opportunities and jobs.

Labor's support will involve a combination of infrastructure and economic development support, and will focus on sustainable job creation.

The Advancing the North West Coast initiative will receive funding support of $40 million, made up of $10 million in direct grants and $30 million in loans to kickstart regional infrastructure priorities.

This funding will be delivered through a community-driven strategy, developed through the Cradle Coast Authority.

Bass Highway Upgrade

Under a Beazley Labor Government, $5 million will also be committed to upgrading the Bass Highway between Burnie and Smithton.

These works will include Wynyard by-pass overtaking lanes, extending the overtaking lane west of Watts Siding, and inclusion of overtaking lanes east of Port Latta.

This road is a primary transport link in the north-west region, and will benefit the forestry and dairy industries through travel time savings and enhanced safety for all road users.

Australian Axeman's Hall of Fame

The Australian Axeman's Hall of Fame, located in Latrobe, will celebrate the bushman's legend and record the history of Australian axemen, the development of the timber industry and the evolution of the axeman's sport as we know it today.

Australia's early woodcutters, timber industry pioneers and axemen have all contributed greatly to the economic and cultural development of our nation.

The Australian Axeman's Hall of Fame is a unique tourism concept. It is a remarkable achievement by a committed local community.

The Australian Axeman's Hall of Fame development will provide educational, innovative and quality interpretative services to visitors about the cultural heritage of our nation, the legendary axeman, the role played by the men and women in the bush and events which constitute an important part of the Australian way of life.

The development of the Australian Axeman's Hall of Fame will increase the numbers of visitors to Tasmania and the North West Coast. It will also result in employment and social and cultural benefits to the local community.

Labor will provide $1 million to complete the Australian Axeman's Hall of Fame, under the Regional Tourism Program.

Skills in the Dairy Industry

The dairy industry makes a significant contribution to the Tasmanian economy.

The University of Tasmania is developing a program to provide the additional skills farmers and others involved in the production, processing and marketing of our agricultural produce will need to face the challenges of the twenty first century.

This program will be of national significance and the materials and courses to be developed in Tasmania will serve as a model for other regions.

The program will be developed and run at the Burnie campus of the University of Tasmania and will especially focus on the needs of the dairy and horticulture industries.

Labor will allocate $939,000 from the Dairy Regional Assistance Program to support this initiative, which will ensure a sustainable flow of highly skilled and motivated young entrants into these key primary industries.

Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.