Major party promises for the valley and highlands

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:

Liberals
* Investing $1.8 million in the Mt Field National Park to make it a year-round destination
* Introduce 27 new community paramedics statewide who will work across 13 rural hospitals including New Norfolk.
* Provide a fully-equipped bulk-billed Mobile GP Practice, delivered by Moreton Group, which will provide bulk-billed services in four-hourly clinics, five days a week, and will visit the Derwent Valley Community House.
* Invest $20 million towards the duplication of the Lyell Highway between Granton and New Norfolk.
* Develop a new Maydena community recreation park, $150,000.
* Extend a boat ramp at New Norfolk, $11,880.
* Upgrade the New Norfolk Golf Club’s irrigation system, $144,000.
* Fund the relocation of cricket nets at Boyer Oval for the Molesworth Cricket Club, $75,000.
* Install new kitchen in Gretna Cricket Clubrooms, $21,000.

Labor
* Invest in the New Norfolk District Hospital with more staff and nurse practitioners so it can provide 24/7 care to the community.
* Expand services at the New Norfolk Community Health Centre to employ additional nurses to provide free health checks and more community nursing visits.
* Pay the HECS-HELP debt of health workers who agree to work in the Derwent Valley for three years.
* Upgrade the New Norfolk Ambulance Station to operate 24/7.
* Expand childcare services across the state by building more centres, including the Derwent Valley.
* Support Norske Skog to produce copy paper for the Tasmanian government with a Buy Local policy.
* Provide energy supply contracts to Norske Skog until 2040 so they can continue to operate at Boyer.
* Commit $20 million to the duplication of the Lyell Highway between Granton and New Norfolk.
* $400,000 for the New Norfolk War Memorial Hall.
* $5000 for security cameras for Derwent Valley Rail.
* $50,000 for the Derwent Valley Arts to support their ongoing operation.
* $250,000 for the New Norfolk Bowls Club’s new synthetic green.
* $75,000 for Boyer oval cricket nets relocation to Molesworth cricket club.
* $21,000 for installation of new kitchen at the Gretna Cricket Club.
* $11,880 to extend a boat ramp at New Norfolk.
* $144,000 upgrade for the New Norfolk golf club irrigation system
* Work with the federal government to fast-track the $5 million improvement of Boyer Oval and Tynwald Park and assist with seeking any additional funds required to manage the shortfall in costs.

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