Budget benefits Braddon

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Funding. The Braddon electorate, including Circular Head, will benefit from upgrades to the Bass Highway after the release of the 2018-19 Federal Budget. 

The $400 million commitment was made days prior to the May 8 budget release where funds from the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative will support infrastructure spending along the highway.

Treasurer Peter Gutwein said the budget will grow the Tasmanian economy and create jobs. 

“In addition to strong and growing Federal funding for health, education and affordable housing, the jewel in the crown for Tasmania is the unprecedented infrastructure spend of nearly $1 billion that will create more jobs, cut travel times and make it safer for Tasmanians to move around the state,” he said following the budget release.

This included a $461 million commitment to replace the Bridgewater Bridge in the Lyons electorate and funding of $59.8 million for the Tasmanian Freight Rail Revitalisation Program.

Details of Roads of Strategic Importance spending are yet to be released.

“By improving our road and rail networks, we will deliver the enhanced efficiency and productivity necessary for long-term economic growth,” Mr Gutwein said. 

Justine Keay, Labor Candidate for Braddon, called for specific spending to be released saying of the $400 million only $10 million had been allocated in the Federal Budget.

“While this is a start, this is not new money,” she says.

“I am concerned that funds allocated to upgrading the Bass Highway at Wynyard will form a large part of the early spend – funding that both sides of politics committed to, and funding that has been allocated in previous Federal budgets.”

The state will also receive an additional $31 million in health care funding over the next four years while regional areas will benefit from a $2.3 million regional jobs and investment package.

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