Securing the future of our National Parks and reserves

Minister for Parks

Securing the future of our National Parks and reserves

Wednesday, 30 June

The Tasmanian Liberal Government understands that our National Parks and reserves support many tourism and other businesses throughout the state, particularly in our regional areas.

That’s why we laid out a clear plan to build on our successful and strong track record of ensuring that our national parks support our tourism industry and drive our regional economies at the recent 2021 election.

We will invest almost $42 million to future proof our world-renowned National Parks and reserves, through our Parks Powering Regional Economies policy.

This includes:

  • $3 million for the re-development of the Hastings Thermal Pool site;
  • $3 million package of upgrades to the Cockle Creek campgrounds;
  • $1.8 million towards the delivery of a Mt Field National Park Master Plan and a new entry concourse for the National Park;
  • $1.7 million into upgrading day use facilities on Bruny Island, road access and parking at the popular Cape Bruny site in the South Bruny National Park;
  • $600,000 to deliver Stage 2 of the trail to Horsetail Falls at Queenstown which will add to the short walk offerings in this area;
  • $2.75 million for the far North-West, in the Arthur Pieman Conservation Area, to re-develop the ‘Edge of the World’ experience;
  • $14 million in additional funding to fund the development of a new Visitor Gateway at the Freycinet National Park. The Gateway will include a new, modern transport hub with a shuttle bus to the Wineglass Bay car park, and we will also redesign the road to alleviate congestion on Freycinet Drive, and reduce the impact on residents;
  • $6.8 million for Stage 3 of the Maria Island Re-discovered Project, and at the Tasman National Park we will provide $1.5 million to undertake further upgrades of the Remarkable Caves, Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen site – including the installation of a suspension bridge across the Devils Kitchen chasm;
  • $900,000 investment into a range of Parks assets on Flinders Island to deliver improvements to infrastructure at Trousers Point beach – as well as campsites and RV facilities;
  • $2.8 million to unlock the potential of the Ben Lomond National Park by undertaking crucial planning to guide future development – identifying priority infrastructure crucial in the development of the site, and investing in the highest priority assets;
  • $2.8 million to replace the boardwalk at the much-loved Tamar Island Wetland Centre.

Our 2021 election commitments build on the existing pipeline of capital works in our National Parks and Reserves, and take our total investment to over $122 million since 2018.

These investments demonstrate the critical value that we place in our parks and their contribution to the Tasmanian economy and our way of life.

We will continue to ensure that our special natural places are protected and presented in ways that allow all people to enjoy the natural and cultural values they contain.

Keeping Tasmanians Safe

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Keeping Tasmanians Safe

Thursday, 24 June 2021

The Tasmanian Liberal Government has hit the ground running on delivering our Plan to Secure Tasmania’s Future, which will keep Tasmanians safe from crime and reduce the risk of bushfires in our communities. 

I have been privileged to visit our dedicated emergency service workers over the past month and see firsthand the incredible work they do in protecting and serving Tasmanians.

This includes attending the graduation of 30 new firefighters, who will help deliver our $18 million Ensuring Bushfire Safe Communities and Supporting our Volunteers election policy.

We are also investing:

  • $2.5 million in additional funding towards our successful “Red Hot Tips” program to support farmers and landholders conducting burn-offs; 
  • $2.5 million in additional funding towards our nation-leading Fuel Reduction Program, which stalled under Labor and the Greens putting Tasmanians and their homes at risk;
  • $3 million for our Health and Wellbeing Program to ensure all our emergency service personnel and volunteers receive the support they require; 
  • $250,000 to kit out volunteer fire trucks with new-generation defibrillators;
  • $2 million to advance the roll-out of new and enhanced mission-critical equipment for volunteer fire brigades;
  • $500,000 per year over four years to extend our grants program for fire and emergency services volunteers for equipment, amenity and facility improvements. 

As the new Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management, I have also had the pleasure of visiting our Police at their facilities to hear firsthand about the challenging and confronting situations they are faced with daily. 

Their dedication and commitment to keeping Tasmanians safe is why we are investing $43.3 million through our Investing in More Police and Safer Communities policy. 

The policy includes the staged recruitment of another 50 police officers, which once complete, will see the recruitment of 308 new police officers since 2014, with this month alone 44 new police officers joining the frontline.

Our other investments include:

  • $2.4 million to extend Tasmania’s electronic monitoring of family violence perpetrators, after the successful trial that showed an 82 per cent decrease in high-risk family violence incidents, and 100 per cent decrease in stalking, providing extra safety and comfort to victim-survivors;
  • $7.5 million to build a new police station at St Helens, and $12.5 million to upgrade the Bridgewater Police Station; on top of the $22 million for new stations in Longford, New Norfolk and Sorell.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is the strongest supporter of Tasmania’s fantastic emergency responders, who do an incredible and unceasing job in the face of extreme and challenging circumstances.

On behalf of the Tasmanian community, I thank each and every one of them for the work they do.