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Laying the infrastructure pipeline for Tasmania’s future

Tasmania has the nation’s most confident businesses and the Hodgman majority Liberal Government is committed to ensuring our private sector continues to benefit from a strong economy.

That is why at the last election, we promised to release an annual Infrastructure Pipeline, which details the vast range of projects in train or soon to begin across our state.

I’m pleased to release the second edition of Infrastructure Tasmania’s Project Pipeline today, which will provide additional certainty for businesses to invest into the future.

This Project Pipeline not only encapsulates the countless roads, ports, airports, rail, irrigation and electricity supply infrastructure investments made by the Hodgman majority Liberal Government, but also those from the private sector.

This includes projects such as the 86 room Verge Hotel in Launceston, which is providing an important boost to the economy. This privately funded $20 million hotel by Stay Tasmania is a great demonstration of the way the private sector is responding by building infrastructure for a growing economy and to meet the demands of our strong visitor economy.

In total, $15.2 billion is captured in the Project Pipeline, with 38 of the 261 projects worth more than $50 million.

It’s clear our plan to grow the economy and create jobs is working, and we are focussed on maintaining this momentum in our economy, and investing for future growth.

For more information, visit: www.stategrowth.tas.gov.au/infrastructure_tasmania/tasmanian_infrastructure_project_pipeline

Taking Tasmanian produce and products to the world

The announcement by the Morrison Government of a major boost to the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme is fantastic news that will deliver more investment and outcomes for Tasmanian businesses.

The changes will provide an even playing field for Tasmanian businesses and consumers by extending the TFES to include funding for goods brought into the state via an Australian port when the product is not available in Australia.

It will also ensure the 2016 TFES extension will be permanent, giving Tasmanian businesses and industries greater certainty to get their exceptional products and fresh produce to the world.

Tasmania has what the world wants and these changes will give businesses greater certainty to invest even more in our state, which in turn will strengthen our economy and create even more jobs for Tasmanians.

2019 GovHack registrations now open

The Hodgman majority Liberal Government is proud to support this year’s GovHack event, aimed at identifying new ways of repurposing data to create insights and benefits for government, industry and the wider Tasmanian community.

We are heading into an increasingly digital world, and we are committed to creating more opportunities for young Tasmanians to learn and take advantage of the digital economy, ensuring a job-ready generation.

GovHack is a national competition running from the 6th to the 8th of September, where participants are given datasets and compete against each other to create new and improved ways for users to understand and provide real-world use cases for the information.

Events will be held in Launceston, Hobart and simultaneously across Australia and New Zealand, with competitors vying for range of prizes.

Last year’s event was well supported, with teams from the North and South generating six projects drawn from over 500 Tasmanian Government datasets encompassing health, schools, justice, environment and local history information from all around the state.

The Government sponsored awards for this year’s GovHack events will include the “Most Outstanding Tasmanian Benefit’, ‘Most Commercial Benefit’, ‘Best Use of Tasmanian Spatial Data’ and ‘Best Use of Tasmanian Heritage Data’.

I encourage everyone interested in this exciting sector of our economy to visit: https://govhack.org/competition/australia/tas/

More jobs for more Tasmanians

The Hodgman majority Liberal Government welcomes news that Tasmania continues to have the highest increase in job advertisements in the nation.

In July 2019 data, the Department of Jobs and Small Business found the annual growth in internet job vacancies was 13.2 per cent, while the monthly increase was 1.5 per cent. Both of these increases are the highest growth rates in the nation, while job vacancies declined nationally. What’s more – all three regions saw an increase in job vacancies, as businesses around Tasmania look to continue hiring.

This is no surprise – the Sensis Business Index and the NAB Business Survey released over the past fortnight found that Tasmanian businesses continue to be the most confident, have the best business conditions, and the most popular government policies in the nation. It also follows last week’s jobs data, which showed that 13,000 jobs have been created since we came to office.

Such strong results do not happen by accident, they reflect the Hodgman majority Liberal Government’s long-term vision and plan to grow the economy and create jobs.

However, there is always more to do and the Hodgman majority Liberal Government’s Plan is focussed firmly on growing the economy and creating more. Our track record stands in stark contrast to the former Labor-Green Government, when 10,000 jobs were lost.

Building the export capability of local businesses

The Tasmanian Government is delivering increased assistance for our exporters to expand into markets across the world, supporting more local jobs and investment.

One of the key priorities identified in our Government’s new Trade Strategy was to build the export capability of local businesses, and the appointment of a new TradeStart adviser in northern Tasmania will help do this.

In partnership with AusTrade and the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bede Clifton has been appointed as the northern-based TradeStart adviser.  He will work closely with Sally Chandler, who has been providing valuable trade advice across the State for more than 15 years.

The Tasmanian Government is firmly committed to empowering businesses to take their products to the world and the TradeStart advisers will assist local enterprises to develop their export skills and increase trade, generating more jobs and investment across the state.

Tasmanian businesses shine under Hodgman Liberal Government

Small businesses are the powerhouse of the Tasmanian economy and employ more than 110,000 people across the state.

As a Liberal government, we actually understand the crucial importance of the private sector when it comes to generating economic growth and creating real jobs for more Tasmanians.

Because of this importance, we are using every economic lever available to government to ensure our small businesses are feeling confident about their future and are able to fully participate in a growing economy and increasingly connected – and competitive – world.

The evidence is found in the latest Sensis Business Index. It’s official: Tasmanian businesses are now the most confident in the nation, and again Tasmanian businesses were the most supportive of the Hodgman majority Liberal Government’s policies compared to all other state and territory governments.

Through our Small Business Growth Strategy, we’re aligning our policies with the goals and targets of our small and medium businesses. This ensures you can take advantage of opportunities in our economy and get reward for your hard efforts.

We’re also helping grow the economy and create jobs by supporting businesses to develop a higher skilled workforce: real skills for real jobs; assisting with market access; unlocking investment opportunities in Tasmania; cutting red tape; and delivering the vital infrastructure that was long neglected.

As the first Minister for Small Business in Tasmania in recent history, I’m excited and optimistic about the things we can achieve by working together, encouraging success and building even stronger confidence.

This is in stark contrast to the Labor Party who’s scrapped the small business portfolio and given up on this crucial sector.

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