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Delivering our plan to secure the future of Tasmania’s North West and West Coast

26 August 2021

Peter Gutwein MP


The Tasmanian Liberal Government took a strong plan to secure Tasmania’s future in all areas of the State to the May election, and the 2021-22 Tasmanian Budget confirms we are delivering our plan as we promised.

Over the four year period of the Budget and Forward Estimates, we expect our plan will support around 28,000 jobs, as well as provide significant opportunities for Tasmanians in all regions of our State.

For the North West, we will invest in essential services including health and education, provide assistance for our most vulnerable and invest in the Tasmanian way of life.

Significant investments for the region include:


  • $20 million towards the $40 million North-West Regional Hospital – Mental Health Precinct;
  • $2.6 million for ward upgrades and additional bed capacity at North-West Regional Hospital;
  • $8 million for the operation and staffing of the North-West Hospital linear accelerator;
  • $9 million for new ambulance vehicles and equipment;
  • $10 million for Regional Health and Ambulance Facilities Fund;
  • $10.3 million for the new Burnie Ambulance Station.


  • $26.6 million for six new Child and Family Learning Centres statewide, including at West Ulverstone and Waratah-Wynyard;
  • $15.5 million to construct a brand-new purpose-build North West Support School including a hydrotherapy pool;
  • $1.6 million to provide upgrades at the North West Support School in Burnie;
  • $4.6 million as part of the final stage of the redevelopment of the Devonport High School;
  • $12.2 million to complete the $20 million redevelopment of Penguin District School to a Kindergarten to Year 12 school;
  • $7.1 million for the Montello Primary School redevelopment.


  • Tasports are progressing a $240 million redevelopment of the Port of Devonport to significantly increase capacity for both freight and vehicles, and facilitate future growth;
  • We have committed to fast track the process to upgrade the $145 million Port of Burnie transformation into a dedicated Bulk Export Terminal, increasing capacity for larger vessels to berth at the port and ensuring the terminal infrastructure is fit for purpose;
  • $36.4 million for State Road upgrades in the North West and West Coast;
  • $40 million for the new Burnie Court Complex.

Investing in King Island:

  • $1 million for the Hobart to King Island and Flinders Island flight subsidies;
  • $1 million for telecommunications upgrades on King Island;
  • $200,000 for upgrades to the King Island Golf  and Bowling Club;
  • $450,000 to upgrade the King Island RSL and skate park;
  • $250,000 for maintenance of the Currie Lighthouse.

Investing in the West Coast:

  • $10 million for the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area Track Upgrade;
  • $1 million for the Strahan Waterfront Precinct;
  • $600,000 for the West Coast Heritage Centre;
  • $600,000 to complete the Horsetail Falls Walk.

This Budget is one that delivers our plan for the North West, and will allow the region to continue to thrive into the future as we secure Tasmania’s future.