The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to continuing to build a better health service right across Tasmania, and we are delivering on our plan to invest in essential services.

Our brand new $12.1 million St Helens District Hospital, officially opened today, is a purpose-built facility on Annie Street which has been designed to cater for the current and future needs of the St Helens and greater East Coast community.

Our new hospital features 10 inpatient beds, four emergency bays, four consultation rooms and two physio rooms. It also provides allied health, radiology, community nursing, oral health, education and training, community nursing and treatment, and community activities.

The new hospital provides greater security of access to healthcare services by eliminating the risk of flooding events that have been experienced on the current hospital site.

New Support for our remarkable Emergency Service Volunteers

The Hodgman Liberal Government greatly values the contribution of our 5500 emergency service volunteers, which is why we are supporting them with a $2 million Volunteer Support Fund.

The extra funding for volunteer Tasmania Fire Service brigades and State Emergency Service units allows them to apply for non-essential equipment, training, recruitment activities and station upgrades.

Today we can announce that $256,000 has been allocated in Round 1 of the 2018-19 grants program with 66 volunteer brigades and 9 SES units successful in gaining funding for items like high pressure cleaners, microwaves, generators and white goods to make volunteer stations more functional and comfortable.

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2019 Anzac Day Commemoration Service address

Returned service men and women; Families of service personnel; Distinguished Guests; Ladies and Gentlemen; Boys and Girls –

Love has the power to cause a genuine response in every human heart.

You may have heard these words: “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three. But the greatest of these is love.”

In the hateful theatres of war in Western Europe, North Africa, South East Asia and the Middle East, each conflict came at a huge cost to peace-loving Australian communities during every quarter of the 20th Century.

And yet, those many Australians and her allies caught up in the defence of our freedom, have been people who loved their country and loved their families back home.

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Taking our Police numbers to the next level

As the Liberal Majority Government continues to increase police numbers, I today heartily congratulate the newest Police Constable graduates, who begin their careers next week.

We welcome the 20 recruits – eleven women and nine men, who have completed a rigorous 28-week course at the Police Academy and three weeks of practical experience in various stations around the state. 7 new constables will be stationed at Launceston, 8 at Hobart, 3 at Devonport and 2 at Burnie.

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