Coalition Government Budget reaffirms its commitment to Norfolk Island
11 May 2018
I am delighted to let you know that the Coalition Government is investing an additional $38.7 million over the next four years to improve services and infrastructure on Norfolk Island.
The Coalition Government is committed to providing Norfolk Island with services comparable to regional communities on mainland Australia and Australian external territories, and this investment will help Norfolk Island residents to access a wider range of services in more convenient ways.
A significant part of the funding will help the Norfolk Island Regional Council to achieve its vision set out in the Norfolk Island Community Strategic Plan—working towards making Norfolk Island the best small island in the world.
The Council will receive additional funding of $8.3 million over four years to support the delivery of essential community services including repairs and maintenance to the local road network and managing environmental waste and sanitation.
Recognising that tourism is central to small business prosperity on Norfolk Island, the Coalition Government will invest an additional $776 000 over two years to increase visitor numbers to Norfolk Island and income generated from tourism activities. The Australian Government will work closely with the Council to ensure the allocation of these funds complements the objectives of the Council's Tourism Strategic Plan 2013–2023 to rebuild tourism back to desired levels, and provide sustainable growth for the future.
The Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area (KAVHA) is recognised as one of Australia's important heritage sites and is one of the most popular tourist attractions on Norfolk Island. The Australian Government has allocated additional funding of $1.8 million over two years for maintenance to the site to enhance the visitor experience and increase economic opportunities for the Norfolk Island community.
With tourism representing almost 60% of the Island's economy, increasing visitor numbers to Norfolk Island will have flow on benefits for small businesses, create jobs and help grow the local economy.
The Australian Government's investment of $3.6 million in quality services and infrastructure will go towards future service delivery planning and critical infrastructure upgrades and maintenance at the Norfolk Island Central School, the Norfolk Island health facility and the police station.
To continue to strengthen the Island's healthcare and community services over $6.3 million in funding will be allocated over four years to increase access to specialist medical services and increase professional development opportunities for staff at the Norfolk Island health facility.
An additional investment of $17.9 million will continue the Government's important work on enhancing services for children and families on Norfolk Island and will go towards improving education services. This recognises that providing support for children is an investment in Norfolk Island's future.
I look forward to working with the community, the Norfolk Island Regional Council and the Norfolk Island Administrator to continue the delivery of quality essential services and critical infrastructure for Norfolk Island.