Political party promises for the Derwent Valley and Central Highlands

UPDATED: AS this Saturday’s State Election draws closer, Tasmania’s two main political parties have been promoting their particular commitments for the Derwent Valley and Central Highlands. These include:


  • $700 million redevelopment of Tarraleah power station, increasing from 100 megawatts to 220 megawatts.
  • $1.8 million Mt Field National Park master plan (gateway, Lake Dobson Rd realignment, arrival concourse, and car and bus parking facilities.
  • $1 million for further Glenora Rd upgrades
  • An additional three paramedics for New Norfolk, adding to the current four paramedics, within the next two years.
  • $840,000 over four years for additional staffing at the New Norfolk District Hospital.
  • $600,000 to upgrade equipment at the New Norfolk District Hospital, including helping in its response to trauma patients.
  • $200,000 toward facility upgrades at Tynwald Park, for football, cricket and soccer.

Previous commitments:

  • $5m New Norfolk Police Station (due for completion in December).
  • Upgrading the Maydena police residence next year
  • $50,000 upgrade to the New Norfolk Library
    in the next financial year.
  • Contribution towards Derwent Valley Railway insurance costs.

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  • Open New Norfolk hospital 24/7 for urgent care provided by full-time nurse practitioners, rural-generalist GPs.
  • $3.5 million for capital works for the New Norfolk Hospital.
  • Permanent police presence at New Norfolk including an additional two police officers.
  • Fund permanent paramedics for New Norfolk, Ellendale, Maydena, Wayatinah and Bothwell.
  • Further three community nurses and with additional support and another community car, for the Central Highlands Community Health Centre, Ouse.
  • Thousand Acre Lane new seal (Stage 1).
  • Glenora Rd upgrades.
  • Pioneer Ave upgrades, New Norfolk.
  • Lyell Hwy (New Norfolk to Granton roundabout) upgrades.
  • $10,000 grant for each Online Access Centre, including New Norfolk, Glenora and Ouse.
  • Additional affordable housing in the Derwent Valley and Central Highlands.
  • $100,000 commitment to help Tyga-FM find and fit-out a new home.
  • $150,000 to help the New Norfolk Bowls Club with the construction of a viewing deck.

Send updates to damian@newnorfolknews.com

One Comment

  1. I applaud Labor for it’s commitment to open New Norfolk Hospital 24/7 for urgent care provided by full-time nurses and rural generalist GPs. This is long overdue. In stark contrast the Liberal Party is only paying “lip service” to addressing the need for 24/7 urgent care to meet the needs of a growing and aging population in the Derwent Valley. Under the Libs policy anyone needing medical care will still automatically go by ambulance to the already overstretched Royal Hobart Hospital.

    I rang the office of Liberal member for Lyons Guy Barnett some days ago to express my concern, but received no reply so rang again yesterday (Wed 28). The lady I spoke to claimed it was a complex issue but that Mr Barnett would get back to me – still waiting. Worse still when I rang the office of Liberal Senator Claire Chandler and left a message I didn’t even get the courtesy of a reply. Instead she “buck-passed” my concern to a lady in the Health Department who couldn’t understand why she had been contacted by Claire Chandler because as she said the issue was one only the politicians could resolve.

    Know who I’ll be voting for on Saturday.

    Mark Bennett

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