Securing the future of communities in North East Tasmania


The communities in North East Tasmania are diverse and resilient: it is a thriving hub for agriculture, and is at the heart of some of our premier tourism attractions like mountain biking at Derby, golfing at Barnbougle, vineyards and lavender fields.

A re-elected majority Gutwein Liberal Government will continue to support the North East region with a range of key investments that will create jobs and provide economic and social value for local communities

These initiatives include:

  • $650,000 to the Dorset Council for the redevelopment of Victoria Street, including beautification projects and major underground infrastructure works;
  • $2.8 million investment towards turning Ben Lomond into a year-round destination;
  • $465,000 to upgrade assets in National Parks and Reserves in the North East, including at Waterhouse, Eddystone Point and Mathinna Falls;
  • $10 million to improve berthing and landside infrastructure to support exports at the Port of Bell Bay;
  • $5 million for improvements to the Bridport foreshore, including a new boat ramp and jetty;
  • Increasing the number of permanent paramedics for the North East with the recruitment of two additional paramedics;
  • An extra $840,000 over four years for additional staffing at the North East Soldiers Memorial Hospital at Scottsdale, with an additional $600,000 for upgraded equipment, helping in its response to trauma patients. In addition, we will provide $200,000 to the George Town District Hospital for upgraded hospital equipment;
  • $1.2 million for sporting upgrades in the region, including:
    • $276,000 for the Hillwood Recreation Hub
    • $350,000 to the Lilydale Football Club
    • $190,000 to the Lilydale Bowls Club
    • $80,000 to the Bridport Football Club
    • $280,000 to the Scottsdale Football Club
  • $170,000 for RSL upgrades, including
    • $50,000 to the Scottsdale RSL
    • $120,000 to the Bridport RSL Community Club
  • $40,000 per annum for three years to Bowls Tasmania to ensure Tasmania has its own team in the Bowls Premier league.
  • $20,000 to the North-East Community House at Scottsdale to undertake a youth needs analysis.

Funding these projects will help take the pressure off community groups who are already providing outstanding support and services to their members.

There are no greater supporters of North East Tasmania than the Liberal Bass team: Peter Gutwein, Michael Ferguson, Sarah Courtney, Greg Kieser, Lara Alexander and Simon Wood.

A majority Gutwein Liberal Government is committed to supporting and securing the future of this great region in future years.

The full policy is available here.