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Mid-point on Midland Highway safety works

A key milestone has been reached on the Midland Highway Action Plan, with more than  50 per cent of planned safety upgrades now complete along Tasmania’s main north-south route.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure,Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Midland Highway upgrades would be delivered over 10 years from 2014–15 to 2023–24 to achieve a minimum 3 Star AusRAP Safety Rating.

“The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government has committed $400 million to this significant investment in improved safety, freight connectivity and efficiency on the Midland Highway,” Mr McCormack said.

“Sixteen Midland Highway Action Plan projects have been completed since works began in 2014, getting Tasmanians home sooner and safer.”

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Michael Ferguson, said three major projects were recently completed, including Mangalore to Bagdad Stage 2, York Plains to St Peters Pass and Epping Forest to Powranna. Mangalore to Bagdad Stage 1 was completed in March 2017.

“These combined projects represent $75 million worth of upgrades and included shoulder widening, junction improvements and turning facilities, delivering vital safety benefits to the community,” Mr Ferguson said.

“In addition, two projects are currently under construction, with works on St Peters Pass to South of Tunbridge due for completion by early 2020 and the Perth Link Roads project due for completion in 2020.”

“The completion of these important projects is the result of a cooperative approach between the Hodgman and Morrison Governments working together to deliver for Tasmanians. Our Midland Highway Action Plan is also boosting the economy, creating jobs and delivering the infrastructure our growing state needs,” Minister Ferguson said.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Claire Chandler said the three newly completed projects installed flexible safety barriers and additional overtaking lanes, removed roadside hazards, and realigned tight curves.

“These upgrades will make the highway a safer and more pleasant drive for the many locals and tourists who use the highway to get to work, visit relatives, or explore our beautiful state,” Senator Chandler said.

“The Midland Highway is also a vital freight corridor, and reduced travel times will boost the state’s economic growth through freight efficiencies.”

The $500 million Midland Highway upgrade project is jointly funded with the Australian Government committing $400 million and the Tasmanian Government committing $100 million.

NAB confirms again Tasmania has best business conditions in the nation

The NAB Monthly Business Survey results for July 2019 confirm, for the seventh month in a row, Tasmania’s business conditions are the best in the nation, three times better than the national result in trend terms.

The Survey also found that Tasmania’s businesses were the most confident in the nation during the month of July.

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. This Plan is underpinned by our most recent State Budget which will maintain this momentum, and to invest for future growth

It’s a Plan which has seen our economic growth become the strongest in the nation and over 12,500 jobs created since we came to office.

The results follow the recent CommSec State of the States Report which confirmed Tasmania’s strong economic performance, and Deloitte Access Economics’ analysis which revealed Tasmania has the best business conditions in the nation.

We have come a long way in the past five years, but we know there is more to do, which is why we are continuing to deliver on our Plan which is getting results for Tasmania.

Your Speed is Our Safety – slow down for road workers

Everyone has a right to a safe working environment and that extends to our road workers who are delivering the Hodgman majority Liberal Government’s record infrastructure spend across Tasmania.

In the past seven years, there have been two road workers killed on Tasmania’s roads, and seven road workers have been injured as a result of crashes at road work sites since 2005.

This is simply not good enough, and the Government is backing our road workers with the launch of the latest Your Speed is Our Safety campaign.

This advertising campaign aims to help achieve zero crashes at road work sites and is a reminder for drivers to keep the safety of road workers top-of-mind.

The campaign highlights the impacts of unsafe driving around road works and the serious risks road workers face at their workplaces each day.

Driver behaviour, such as inattention and failing to comply with speed limits in work sites, can have severe and long term consequences for road workers, their families and the community.

The first in the series of Your Speed is Our Safety ads appeared on Tasmanian screens from 2016, with the second and third TV ads in the series to run alongside radio and online ads over coming months.

Your Speed is Our Safety is a partnership between the Tasmanian Government, Civil Contractors Federation and the Road Safety Advisory Council, with the assistance of the Traffic Management Association of Australia.

This partnership is focused on improving the safety of the road workers who maintain and improve the thousands of kilometres of roads across Tasmania.

Watch the second ad in the Your Speed is Our Safety series.

Recognising excellence in STEM

The 2019 Tasmanian STEM Excellence Awards for excellence in science, technology, engineering and maths are now officially open for nominations.

Launching in line with National Science Week (10-18 August), these awards recognise our leading local scientific practitioners, researchers, teachers and students, with a total prize pool of $30,000.

Tasmania’s science and technology sectors produce innovation and efficiencies that benefit all of us including through products and services that improve our quality of life, grow our economy and create more jobs for Tasmanians.

The Hodgman majority Liberal Government is proud to again partner with the University of Tasmania and Inspiring Australia to deliver the awards. Nominations are now open for:

  • Tasmanian STEM Researcher of the Year;
  • Tasmanian Young STEM Researcher of the Year;
  • Tasmanian STEM Innovation of the Year;
  • Tasmanian STEM Teacher of the Year for Primary Years;
  • Tasmanian STEM Teacher of the Year for Secondary Years; and
  • Tasmanian STEM Communicator of the Year.

Nominations can be made at: www.stategrowth.tas.gov.au

The full program of Science Week events can be found at www.scienceweek.net.au

Bright ideas to shine at National Science Week

Thousands of Tasmanian students have helped kick off National Science Week with hundreds of exciting events in Tasmania this morning.

Bringing together great minds, big ideas and a thirst for knowledge, Australia’s largest science festival makes the interesting, the perplexing and the fascinating accessible to everyone.

With the Festival of Bright Ideas open to everyone tomorrow, it is a chance for all to see how science impacts our daily lives and how it will shape our future.

While National Science Week officially runs from 10-18 August 2019, events will continue throughout the month with some 200 engaging and fascinating events right across the state, including some to mark the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

This year we are excited and honoured to welcome Tasmanian born and raised Nobel Laureate, Professor Elizabeth Blackburn, as the inaugural Patron for Tasmanian National Science Week. As the first woman in Australia to receive a Nobel Prize, Prof Blackburn is an inspiration for current and future generations of Tasmanian scientists and innovators.

Tasmania is a world-recognised home to a vibrant and diverse science research community, ranging across areas such as Antarctic, Southern Ocean and marine studies, information and communications technology, food science, agricultural, aquaculture and fisheries, and radio astronomy.

The full program of Science Week events can be found at www.scienceweek.net.au

Supporting our science community

Tasmania is home to some of the nation’s best scientists, and the Hodgman majority Liberal Government is committed to supporting our growing science and research community. We recognise that our scientific community is vital for our future economy, quality of life, health and security.

I was pleased to again host the annual Science Meets Parliament event at Parliament House last night, bringing together our leading scientists with elected Tasmanian parliamentarians and policy makers.

Now in its 14th year, Science Meets Parliament showcases the best in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities from around the state and helps to ensure the sector attracts, retains and recognises the best people to continue the search for new answers, technology and opportunities.

Our capital city hosts the highest number of scientists per capita than any other city in the country. Our partnerships with the University of Tasmania, the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) and the Federal Government all mean that Tasmania is incredibly well positioned to take advantage of a range of tremendous opportunities that will grow jobs and increase quality of life for Tasmanians and indeed the world.

As a key employer and economic contributor, the STEM sector enjoys the committed support of the Hodgman majority Liberal Government. We are championing STEM education and funding fresh new opportunities for more young Tasmanians to be exposed to and then pursue educational and career opportunities in the sciences.

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