‘Fair Go For Our Roads’ campaign

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Southern Tasmanian Mayors last night met with Premier Paul Lennon and Infrastructure Minister Jim Cox to discuss the ‘Fair Go For Our Roads’ campaign and the Tasmanian Government’s proposal to upgrade the northern approaches to Hobart.

Chairman of the Southern Tasmanian Councils Authority (STCA), and Lord Mayor of Hobart, Ald Rob Valentine, said the meeting was an important opportunity for the Mayors to ask the Premier about specific details of the State Government’s new infrastructure strategy for Southern Tasmania.

“The Premier provided us with a detailed briefing on the Government’s proposal to upgrade the northern approaches to Hobart, which he recently presented to the Federal Government and Labor Opposition in Canberra,’ Ald Valentine said.

“We also had the opportunity to ask the Premier about his own Government’s financial commitment to the project and when he believes work can commence on the urgent upgrades.’

“We are all anxious for this work to be underway and both State and Federal Governments need to provide funding for the project as soon as possible”.

Ald Valentine said the Mayors had been concerned that the State Government’s commitment to fund 20% of the project was dependent upon the successful sale of Government assets, including the Hobart International Airport, but were tonight reassured by the Premier that the State Government’s contribution to the project will be available when the Commonwealth money is forthcoming.

Commitment assured
“This means the Federal Government and the Labor Opposition can commit to the project and be assured that the State Government is ready to pay its share of the cost,” Ald Valentine said.

“We can’t afford any further delays to the project as Tasmanians have tolerated the substandard Southern section of the Midland Highway for far too long and its now time for decisive action.”

“This upgrade will improve safety for all motorists traveling on the Midland Highway, not just those who live in the South.”

ANN support requested
Ald Valentine said the Mayors also asked the Premier to provide his political support for their call to extend the AusLink National Network to Hobart and its airport.

“The AusLink National Network in Tasmania extends from Burnie into Launceston, up to Bell Bay and then down the Midland Highway before suddenly stopping at Granton,”

“We fully believe Brooker Ave and the Eastern Outlet to the Hobart International Airport are integral components that support the State’s economy and should be supported as such by the Australian Government through Auslink, especially given the degree of commercial activity that the highways support.”

“After this evening’s meeting with the Premier we are confident the State Government are of one mind on this. It now remains for both the Australian Government and Opposition parties in Canberra to commit to this.”

“We urge all sides of politics to work constructively on this issue to achieve a fairer outcome.” Ald Valentine said.

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Ald Valentine can be contacted for further comment and interviews on 0418 127 323

Release issued by Luke Martin, CPR, 0434 307 838