Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

More than 2200 jobs for regional Tasmania as Liberal National Coalition Government further boosts investment

Media Release


27 February 2018

Joint release with:

Eric Abetz

Liberal Senator for Tasmania

David Bushby

Liberal Senator for Tasmania

Jonathon Duniam

Liberal Senator for Tasmania

Richard Colbeck

Liberal Senator for Tasmania

Regional Tasmania is set to see more than 2,200 new jobs thanks to a major cash injection, following the Liberal National Coalition's announcement of successful projects under the Regional Jobs and Investment Package.

The package builds on the record level of infrastructure investment into Tasmania thanks to the close partnership between the Federal Government and State Liberal Government.

The Liberal National Coalition Government is committed to working in partnership with the State Liberal Government to create more and better paying jobs, and more opportunities across Tasmania to take the state to the next level.

The $220 million Regional Jobs and Investment Package is part of our commitment to help regions like Tasmania drive economic growth and create local jobs. This initiative is diversifying regional economies, including those that have undergone transition by creating more jobs and delivering more liveable communities and essential infrastructure.

An extensive assessment process paired with community input was essential in delivering a range of high-quality projects. As a result 49 projects worth more than $60 million will be delivered across Tasmania.

The projects will create more job opportunities, with successful projects helping to generate almost 600 jobs during construction and more than 1600 jobs into the future. This builds on the strong record of taking the Tasmanian unemployment rate to below 6 per cent today.

The projects announced will provide locals with a range of employment and investment opportunities.

As a part of this programme, the Liberal National Coalition Government will invest in projects like the construction of the most sophisticated seed potato production process in Australia at Agronico Technology, the installation of Tasmania's only soft waste plastic recycling plant and the construction of a hydroelectric power station on the Repulse River—all of which will provide jobs and unleash the economic potential of regional Tasmania for years to come.

We are also providing over $2.3 million to construct the Prosser Plains Raw Water Scheme to capture and distribute the regions heavy rainfalls, unlocking capital investment, and boosting aquaculture and agri-business and $1.6 million to allow the Huon Valley Council to invest in vital stormwater upgrades to mitigate flooding and to allow for a new residential development in the area.

Tasmania is a major tourism draw card, with immense opportunities. That's why we are investing in projects like the South Coast Track Huts Walk, South West National Park Tasmania and the development of 66 kilometres of Mountain Bike Trail infrastructure, to drive mountain bike tourism and recreation in North East Tasmania.

This vital investment has been made possible due to the close working relationship between the Federal Government and State Liberal Government and the Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team's strong advocacy in Canberra.

Successful projects under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages: Tasmania

Successful RecipientProjectGrant Approved
The Maria Island Walk Pty Ltd The project involves building 6 environmentally sensitive walkers huts along the 85 km South Coast track is the magnificent Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) in southern Tasmania for a 7 day commercial guided walk for small groups of 10 guests and 2 guides. It provides a new opportunity for people to walk in this remarkable wilderness in safety and without having to carry a heavy pack. The new guided walk will raise the profile of the Huon Valley and Far South areas as tourism destination and bring lasting benefits with increased visitation, new accommodation and cafes, new tourism and transport operations the same way the Overland Track, Three Capes Track and Derby mountain biking has done to their regional communities. $2,950,000
Glamorgan Spring Bay Council The construction of the Prosser Plains Raw Water Scheme (PPRWS) is the game changer for a regional economy still suffering from the significant downturn in Tasmania's forestry. Capturing and distributing this region's heavy yet irregular rainfalls will deliver water surety to unlock capital investment. $2,337,500
Agronico Technology Pty Ltd The project will extend the coolstore and construct a machinery shed that will double production capacity, access new interstate and export opportunities, and support the region s potato industry to increase productivity. $1,688,097
Huon Valley Council Council has been working towards a resolution of issues associated with the Huonville Main Drain for many years including provision of funding for future works. The opportunity to apply for a grant, should it be successful, will enable Council to construct a Drainage system which will mitigate flooding issues associated with runoff in the Huonville Main Drain catchment, facilitate development and promote more holistic stormwater management. $1,614,758
Break O'Day Council The St Helens MTB Trail Network comprises 66km of quality, mountain bike trails on Tasmania s East Coast cementing St Helens as an adventure hub and providing a trail network in a coastal location, something the Tasmanian MTB trail offering is currently missing. The Trail Network comprises 4 gravity trails and 7 stacked loops offering a unique trail experience and a variety of trails suitable for a range of skill levels from beginner to black diamond (the second hardest MTB grading) located in close proximity to a town capable of holding major events. The Network presents a unique but complimentary network of trails to the highly successful Blue Derby MBT Network bringing employment, development and economic activity to St Helens. $1,537,500
Norske Skog Paper Mills (Australia) Limited This project will establish the feasibility of building a commercial-scale advanced manufacturing facility in Tasmania to produce platform and specialty biochemicals from certified, renewable plantation forest biomass wastes. Underpinned by strong international legislation, high value products from this facility would be destined for global export into pharma- and agrichemical industries with a need to replace a range of existing toxic, fossil-derived chemicals with safer alternatives. This would be the first commercial facility of its kind. Beyond the initial capital investment, an operating facility would create new high-skilled jobs, support the transformation of the Tasmanian forestry sector and contribute significantly to state GDP. $1,507,500
Crisp Bros & Haywards Pty Ltd The project aims to increase the workshop s overhead crane capacity by purchasing 4 new crane units of 80 tonne capacity including increasing the crane handling capacity to transport large components between different sites by getting 2 new traveller units of 80 tonne. This project aims to support various Australian industries and also become a major player in the Australian construction industry. $1,317,442
New Norfolk Rowing Club Incorporated Derwent Valley Boat Club (DVBC) is a community-based project to establish a new centre and focus for aquatic leisure and sport. DVBC will take advantage of the superb Derwent River at New Norfolk, and will incorporate relocation of New Norfolk Rowing Club (NNRC) from its current unsafe location on Boyer Road which is used by heavy vehicles. NNRC will relocate to the Esplanade side of the river to improve safety and amenity for all users. DVBC will encourage increased participation in sport and physical activity and will promote health awareness across all community sectors. Establishment of DVBC has a long-term focus on provision of vital community rowing and other facilities, support and leisure services for a growing outer-urban community. $1,150,000
Petuna Aquaculture Pty Ltd This $4.48 million Project, which comprises Stages 2 and 3 of a larger $8.7 million investment, will expand Petuna s Atlantic Salmon farming capacity at its farm in Rowella, at the mouth of the Tamar River in Northern Tasmania. New pens will be constructed in an innovative new site layout, in which parts of the site will remain permanently fallow. This will ensure the long term environmental sustainability of the lease, encourage optimum fish health, and demonstrate international best practice in salmon farming. $850,000
Kentish Council The Wild Mersey mountain bike trail project will see the construction of over 100kms of International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) standard mountain bike trails through the Mersey region of Tasmania. This application seeks to fund stage 2 (of 3 stages) of the project to enable the construction of 45kms of trails. The project will build on Tasmania's growing reputation as a premier mountain bike destination, leveraging off the areas natural assets, and create a new sustainable tourism product that can be built on by the private sector to provide complimentary experiences, products and services, all contributing to creating a significant incentive for visitors to travel to regional Tasmania. $800,000
Poly Marketing Pty Ltd This project will enable the installation of Tasmania's only soft waste plastic recycling plant which will provide long-term solutions for the states soft plastics. Initially this recycling line will process a minimum of 600 tonnes of silage wrap plus 168 tonnes of fertiliser bags from the agriculture industry, 507 tonnes of fish feed bags from the aquaculture industry & 316 tonnes of tunnel film from the horticulture industry per annum $736,223
Quoin Holdings Pty Ltd The Flinders Wharf Tourism Innovation Hub (The Hub) is a new concept with the primary objective of supporting local business innovation, expansion and production by delivering new visitor experiences on Flinders Island. The project will stimulate significant activity for a small economy in transition and assist this remote community to achieve economic growth, increase skills capacity and create jobs. The vision is to develop a world class hospitality and cultural experience on Flinders Island to increase the attraction of local, domestic and international visitors. It will also provide new opportunities for the development and growth of new businesses and investment on Flinders Island. $612,450
Aquaculture Services Australasia Pty Ltd Aquaculture Services Australasia (ASA) will upgrade an existing facility at Triabunna to become a contemporary and independent R&D hub capable of supporting marine research in aquaculture and ecology. Tank space for trials will deliver improvements in multi-species aquaculture production through increased growth and survivorship, and reduced disease and environmental impact. Implicit in this project is building community support by fostering an innovative approach to aquaculture. $600,000
River Power Tasmania Pty Ltd This project is stage one of the construction of fourteen damless hydroelectric power stations in regional Tasmania that will generate clean energy, increase off-island income, reduce the cost of electricity for local businesses, provide sustainable local employment and unlock further investment. $587,865
Ashgrove Cheese Pty Ltd The Project will construct a new Dairy Door and Visitor Centre for iconic Tasmanian dairy producer Ashgrove Cheese, enabling it to significantly expand its visitor experience by offering new sit-down dining, curated tastings, tours, immersive interpretive experiences and regional tourism linkages with the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail and the Cradle Mountain Gateway. $565,000
Huon Valley Seafood Pty Ltd The Huon Urchin Alliance is a proposed Huon Valley supply chain partnership for provision of processed urchin to Marusui (Japanese importer). $465,000
Jayben Australia Pty Ltd Investment in the expansion of Jayben s manufacturing facilities, plant and equipment, to enable the manufacture of a new range of mobile plant which has been recently commercialised creating sustainable jobs growth and investment in design capability. The investment is required to ensure efficient manufacture in order to support identified market expansion plans for off-island markets and export opportunities. Jayben has a proven history of bringing new opportunities and products to the region over the past 13 years. $430,000
Hemp Harvests Pty Ltd The project will construct an hemp seed processing facility, including construction of a dedicated building, fit-out, and the purchase and installation of machinery, in order to establish vital value-adding infrastructure to support the region s industrial hemp farmers, while directly creating rural, low-skilled economic opportunities. $405,500
The Salvation Army (TAS) Property Trust We are creating a manufacturing facility that connects an entrepreneurial creative business that has significant export potential with a non-profit charitable organisation that assists marginalised & disadvantaged communities. $399,150
Burnie City Council The construction of a Promenade at the Burnie Waterfront to complete the Burnie Waterfront Master Plan. The Promenade is the final stage in the Waterfront development, a key visitor attraction in the Burnie region. $377,450
Southern Cross Marine Culture Pty. Limited Utilising the disruption and opportunities of the POMS outbreak, this project extends the scope of both Marine Culture's operations and market integration, increasing our market reach, efficiency, flexibility and robustness with seed inputs and a differentiated product offering. The project has 2 parts at 2 regional sites: Part A) Reducing Operation Risks and Costs—by constructing at Little Swanport an oyster nursery to enable a sustainable implementation of our POMS mitigation seed input strategy. Part B) Value Added Processing and Export Market development by constructing at Boomer Bay an export certified processing and packaging capability enabling direct export from Tasmania, to service new channels to market. $369,844
Australian Quality Honey Pty Ltd The project will expand the current capacity of the Blue Hills Honey (BHH) / Australian Quality Honey Pty Ltd (AQH) by 100 per cent, increasing our production capacity from 80 tonnes (60% total volume retail packages) to approximately 160 tonnes per year. AQH export 60% of their product into segments that require levels of quality, efficiency and volume. The incorporation of state of the art honey filling technology will increase productivity and the output of value added products. The proposed extensions to infrastructure at the home site will allow the company to diversify its operations and enter the Tourism Industry. $369,345
Britton Brothers Pty Ltd The project will construct a purpose built pre-drying facility including drying sheds, paved loading and unloading areas, fire mitigation, monitoring and security infrastructure and develop and implement suitable drying schedules to increase the recovery by volume and grade of the higher value Tasmanian timbers processed on site. $367,836
Flinders Island Tourism and Business Inc This project will deliver a facility at Killiecrankie in the north of Flinders Island that will contribute significantly to the visitor economy, to the experience of visitors to Flinders Island and to the Flinders Island community. The project will use existing infrastructure and repurpose it as a caf and community centre. The project will also provide an accommodation unit for the operator of the caf. In partnership with the community organisation that will be the owner of the facility and manage its operations the project will undertake and complete a process of business establishment. The outcomes of this project will contribute to economic growth and diversification, job creation and a sustainable community on Flinders Island. $365,000
Cameron of Tasmania Pty. Ltd. The project will construct a floating deep water oyster farming system, including equipment installation and decommissioning of existing infrastructure, to cultivate and harvest hardened, marketable deep water oysters on a commercial scale without the need for relocation to intertidal waters prior to harvesting. $353,858
CMTP Pty Ltd Branxholm Sawmill (CMTP Pty Ltd) has traditionally produced low value green sawn timber products with a limited volume of manufactured items such as pallets and bins being produced as finished outputs. Of recent years the mill has taken significant steps and committed substantial investment to increase it's value-adding to yield higher value from the timber resource and to grow the business value and its markets. This project will install a 3D log optimisation and scanning system and upgrade to set works on the primary breakdown machine to increase availability of value added timber. Additionally employment of local timber processing workers will occur due to increased log recovery driving productive timber volume throughput. $350,000
T.O.P. Fish Pty Ltd The introduction of an additional specialist octopus catcher vessel into the fleet, capable of freezing the catch at sea. Octopus are highly perishable and need to be snap frozen within 12 hours of being caught. This vessel will have a much wider range enabling increased production maximising the current octopus fishing licenses (covering all of Bass Strait up to latitude 39deg12S, almost to Vic, and an octopus permit to fish the East Coast of Tasmania). $350,000
Daly Potato Company Pty. Ltd. The Daly family, one of Tasmania s largest potato grower and processor of fresh washed potatoes, has produced a range of highly value-added ready-made potato salads since 2016. This Project will enable the company to purchase cooking, chilling and food processing equipment to underpin a 20-fold expansion of its potato salad production in order to meet a current market opportunity. $312,804
Tasmanian Mountain Waters Exp Pty Ltd The project will install plant and equipment into our existing manufacturing facility to broaden our product range for export. The project will value add to our core water bottling business by addition of 5 new mixer drinks using our spring water. $312,690
Freycinet Marine Farm Pty Ltd This project will vertically integrate Freycinet Marine Farm s (FMF) seafood production and farmgate tourism business from farming operations through to retail sales and promotion of tourism experiences. The project will expand oyster and mussel production through in-water development, purchase of an additional production boat to allow more efficient access to deep sea leases and construction of farm and visitor facilities to support increased production and tourism demand. The project will construct and fit-out the marine farmgate commercial kitchen to expand the current integrated production, farmgate and retail store offering to visitors and develop a premium Tasmanian value-added packaged seafood product range. $306,366
Sam King Pty Ltd This project will enable Kings Outdoor Living, a Tasmanian-owned business in Sorell, to create a new display area, enlarge its office and admin area, and construct a new manufacturing and storage facility to allow the company to commence manufacture of Ziptrak blind systems and provide new onsite storage, and indoor working areas, resulting in increased efficiency and productivity. It will create 10 new ongoing FTEs in regional Tasmania plus an additional 25 construction jobs during the build phase. $303,250
Cultivate Productions Pty Ltd The development of a TV and video production studio, including kitchen studio, video production/photography studio, editing suites and offices for Cultivate Productions, including investment in state of the art video production and editing equipment. The facilities and equipment and will allow Cultivate Productions to grow its operations in North West Tasmania, producing television, entertainment, educational and promotional content. This will provide employment pathways that currently do not exist in North West Tasmania Cultivate Productions will also use the facilities and their expertise to educate the community, particularly young people in media production. $300,000
Seaperfect Pty Ltd This project supports the recovery of the Tasmanian Pacific Oyster industry following the outbreak of POMS, by being responsive to producers needing to adopt a variety of key strategies, including selective breeding for resistance to disease, exposure to POMS at smaller sizes, reducing the costs of losing stock at a bigger size, and protecting oysters through biosecurity. It provides sustainable opportunities, to build upon the knowledge and investment in capital and people to diversify into other species including Flat Oysters and Sydney Rock Oysters which are high valued and immune to POMS, removing the roadblocks to growth and profit. It does this through expansion in SeaPerfects hatchery and nursery allowing species diversification. $243,107
Mount Cygnet Dairy Pty Ltd The project will construct infrastructure, including processing plant and shop front. Also include fit out and equipment installation to support the region's only dairy farm and increase employment opportunity for locals. The project will include factory hire facilities and educational opportunities for school groups. $236,375
Oscar Tasmanian Seafood Pty Ltd The long-spined sea urchin devours the natural kelp on Tasmania s east coast and creates hectares of unproductive barrens. The pest depletes rock lobster and abalone stocks, jeopardising Tasmanias $1 billion fisheries industry. Our project will convert the oceans pest into a highly prized commodity sea urchin roe. To meet local and Asian demand, we will establish a processing and packing facility producing up to 24 tonnes of sea urchin roe per year. Our plant will generate 12 jobs in the first 2 years, and a number of ancillary jobs in the local diving, tourism, transportation and logistics industries. This project will also regenerate Tasmania's reefs, and help protect the valuable abalone and rock lobster fisheries industry. $201,817
Stillwater Providore and Gallery Pty Ltd The vision for the Stillwater Inn project is to create a brand aligned and category leader in accommodation for Tasmania in the historic waterfront Ritchie's Mill. We want to create an iconic short stay experience focused around our Tasmanian food and beverage culture supporting local growers, makers and artisans showcasing Tasmania s architectural heritage and 19th century building innovation in this architectural treasure. This will build on the already iconic Stillwater restaurant brand and service quality endeavouring to lift the bar for service in the accommodation sector and adding much needed 5 star accommodation to the city. $200,750
Tas Sealife Centre Pty Ltd The project will enable us to employ 3 more staff, purchase a larger barge, oyster baskets and their holding gear as well as equipment for intertidal lines and grow more Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) resistant oyster seed from baby to market sizes. Currently we are growing oyster seed from a family line that had a 93% survival rate in the last POMS season. We have the ability to considerably increase the oyster seed numbers and to do so we need to increase our infrastructure. This project will substantially increase the amount of available juvenile oysters for purchase by local farmers, affected by POMS, to support and increase their productivity to grow oysters out to market size as well as increase our markets. $193,393
Australian Honey Products Pty Ltd The project will supply the equipment needed to upgrade the existing honey based craft brewery along with the addition of a distillery to produce small volume honey based speciality products. It will provide additional value adding to honey sourced from within Tasmania and will enhance Tasmania s reputation for producing unique beverages and food. $175,000
Westhaven Dairy Pty Ltd Westhaven Dairy Pty Ltd is an innovative specialty dairy manufacturing business based in Launceston, Northern Tasmania. The project is designed to secure and expand this Artisan producers range presenting a professionally packaged product to the market. The new equipment including a therm a-form machine, labeling and metal detection capability, will ensure the facility can compete not only on price but presentation. Markets have been identified locally, nationally and internationally assuring the demand for the additional capacity and new products. $160,021
Salty Seas Pty Ltd The project aim is to redevelop the existing floating platform by designing and building a safe and effective retail facility that provides an enhanced visitor experience, accommodates our current demand and caters for future tourism growth and increased employment. The training and promotion in the project will enable us to continue to showcase our local sustainable seafood and ancillary products to the established local population and growing visiting customers through sales and engaging experiences, on a unique floating facility that reflects our culture and connection to the region. $135,000
Rojok Pty Ltd This project will expand the Macquarie Oil Company production facility, doubling the capacity of existing operations and enabling the growth of Tasmania s GM free canola industry. This expansion will include purchase and commissioning of an additional expeller, build of new storage silos and augers and expansion of processing and packing areas. This exciting project will reduce the reliance on imported canola products for agriculture and aquaculture in Tasmania. It will also provide an important additional cropping option for Tasmanian farmers, supporting the opportunity presented by the investment into irrigation infrastructure and mitigating the risk of downturn of other crops such as poppies. $108,413
Lease 15 Pty Ltd The Tasmanian Oyster Industry is slowly recovering from POMS which critically impacted the industry in January 2016, destroying many millions of oysters and placing many businesses and jobs in jeopardy. This project will further develop Pipeclay Oysters existing Norfolk Bay Marine Farm, which has remained POMS free, by establishing additional capacity to produce ongrower oysters i.e. oysters of around 50mm which are then sold to other farms for finishing to market. There is currently unmet demand for ongrower oysters and an opportunity for the business to leverage off its success in producing ongrower oysters and undertake an expansion to supply other growers in need of this product and assisting in the industry s post POMS recovery. $90,000
Castings Tasmania Pty Ltd Advanced pattern manufacturing by way of CNC technology will enable the company to expand its sales through reducing the lead time and cost of producing pattern equipment required for sand moulding in the foundry. Availability of pattern equipment is a significant limitation to the company s growth as new patterns currently have to be produced by conventional pattern making means. The demand for these new patterns is high because the company is growing its customer base, and products being produced. The previous operators of this foundry did not have this demand because production was mainly for Caterpillar Underground Mining (CUGM) using existing pattern equipment that had been in existence for a number of years. $80,000
Forager Foods Pty Ltd The project will see the construction of a dedicated facility within the existing building that will house a powdering line with mill, sieve and dust extraction along with a packaging line. These two lines will expand Forager Foods capability in terms of both volume and new products. Customers have been identified who will utilise these lines and it will result in a new capability within Tasmania that doesn't currently exist. $75,675
Gourmet Oil (Australia) Pty Ltd The project will construct a new waste water and mineral based oil treatment plant as a large extension to an existing building. The plant will provide Tasmania with a purpose built facility to accommodate an increased demand for oil recycling and for us to collect waste bilge water from research vessels returning from Antarctica to the Port of Hobart for transportation to the new facility for processing. $75,000
Ratho Developments Pty Ltd Australia's Oldest Golf Course has the opportunity to become a world-class golf destination and one of the country's funnest golf courses, with some simple upgrades to a few golf holes to make them much safer and more sustainable, and a major investment in modernising the golf course's irrigation system. This will ensure the golf destination evolves from being a novelty for history buffs and discerning golfers, to being one of the major destinations in Tasmania's growing golf economy, and an important resource for Tasmania's own public golfers and existing members. $73,000
Freshline Marketing Pty Ltd This project will provide for the addition of shallot peeling and value adding to current fresh shallot supply throughout Australia. $70,000
St Giles Society Limited St Giles, in collaboration with illuminate Education, will deliver four short-term self-employment accelerators in the North and North West of Tasmania to assist people with mild and sensory disabilities to engage in a process to identify their interests, strengths and passions, and translate them into business plans. Through sharing specific content and peer mentoring, these individuals will grow in skills and confidence to start their own businesses, inspiring everyone in their network with the opportunities that can be grasped. $40,352
Live Well Tasmania This project will provide a combination of on-the-job training and classroom training for job seekers via units from the Certificate III in Horticulture, and a non-accredited Unit—'Job Readiness and Establishing a Social Enterprise/Small Business'. The on-the-job training will incorporate beginning to set up an Agrifood Social Enterprise which aims to make the project sustainable in the longer term. This will benefit the region by building both demand and supply for locally produced food. $26,951