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Federal Budget 2016: No Money for Infrastructure to Support Tourism Growth

Andrea Dawkins

Andrea Dawkins  -  Thursday, 5 May 2016

Tags: Tourism, Infrastructure, Local Government, Sewerage, Road Safety, Federal Budget

Andrea Dawkins MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Notes that:—

(a)           after years of industry leg work, Tasmania is finally seeing a tourism boom, attaining the biggest growth in international visitors and expenditure of any other State or territory;

(b)           in 2015 there was 1.15 million visitors to the State, including 212,000 from overseas, injecting a total of almost $2 billion into the Tasmanian economy;

(c)           Tourism and Transport Forum, Chief Executive Officer, Ms Margy Osmond, has previously stated that the Federal Government could and should be doing more to ensure the State’s tourism industry is utilised to its full potential;

(d)           as Tasmania becomes a victim of its own success, failings in adequate infrastructure have been revealed, with many local governments in particular expressing concern for road safety, extra pressure on water and sewerage systems and a need for increased waste management;

(e)           many councils have lobbied the State and Federal Liberal Governments for additional funding to upgrade these essential services, however Tasmanian Liberal Senator and Minister for Tourism, Hon Richard Colbeck MP, obviously ignored these requests and did nothing to secure additional funding for the sector in the 2016 Federal Budget; and

(f)            despite assurances to stakeholders, the Premier, Hon Will Hodgman MP has failed again to negotiate any decent outcomes for Tasmania, as he watched his Federal counterparts deliver a Budget with no vision, and certainly no recognition of Tasmania’s burgeoning tourism industry.

(2)           Calls on the Premier and Minister for Tourism Hospitality and Events, Hon Will Hodgman MP to find the courage to stand up to his Federal dictators and demand funding to support the industry putting the coin in his coffers.