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BRIAN MITCHELL MP ANNOUNCES $27.5 MILLION FOR THE DERWENT VALLEY AND CENTRAL HIGHLANDS COUNCILS

08 May 2019


Two councils in Lyons will share in $27.5 million for community projects and critical infrastructure under a Shorten Labor Government, Labor’s federal member for Lyons, Brian Mitchell MP, announced today. 

This election will be a choice between a Shorten Labor Government, which will build the roads and sports infrastructure our community needs, or more of the Liberals’ cuts and chaos.

Mr Mitchell said the funding demonstrated Labor’s ongoing commitment to these regions, and was in addition to announcements that Labor will provide extra funding to every public school in the region.  

“Labor’s commitments will improve amenities and community facilities and critical infrastructure in the Derwent Valley and Central Highland areas,” Mr Mitchell said. 

Newly funded projects include: 

·         $20 million for Plenty Link Road for freight transport as recommended by the Evan Rolley report. 

·         $5 million for Mt Field National Park for upgrading the visitors centre and walking tacks. 

·         $2 million for Derwent Valley Sports Precinct to upgrade facilities and drive participation.  

In response to the Plenty Link Road announcement, Andrew Walker, Acting Chairman FIAT and Chief Executive Neville Smith Forest Products, commented: 

"The Plenty Link funding announcement by Federal Labor is exciting news. Neville Smith Forest Products is currently working with government on plans to invest in new value-added forest projects in Southern Tasmania worth around $70 million. This announcement will most certainly help to make those projects more viable. FIAT and Neville Smith Forest Products is heartened by the commitment to future of the forest industry demonstrated by Federal Labor through this announcement." 

Mr Mitchell said Labor would also provide $500,000 to the Central Highlands Council for sport facilities upgrades.  

Residents of these regions will also benefit from Labor’s major investments in health, including free dental care for pensioners, driving down out of pocket costs for people suffering cancer and more funds to help public hospitals bring down waiting lists.  

Labor will also rebuild TAFE providing young people in the region with the skills and experience they need to get secure jobs.  

End the chaos. Vote for change. Vote for Labor. 

MONDAY, 6 MAY 2019 



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