Tasmania Opposition Leader Will Hodgman
Tasmania Shadow Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding
Tasmania Shadow Minister for Regional Development Mark Shelton
Libs Heed Calls For Help From East Coast Residents
Victor P Taffa
The temporary closure of St. Marys Pass has ensured that the East Coast is now one of the most remote regions in the state, Opposition Leader Will Hodgman said today.
“With the Pass closed for at least six weeks while it undergoes repair works, it is time that the Green-Labor Government takes seriously calls from residents of the East Coast for a long-term solution to access issues.”
“The Tasmanian Liberals have been listening to the calls for help from residents and today met with the Break O’ Day Council, as well as groups and individuals to discuss access issues in the region.” Mr. Hodgman said.
“One major concern that arose during the visit was the fear that the region could become isolated in terms of emergency health care, especially given the Green-Labor Government’s bungled handling of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, of which the East Coast is a major beneficiary.” Shadow Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said.
“For the East Coast to be able to realise its full potential, it is critical that a long term solution is put in place to ensure that adequate access to the East Coast is available during Pass closures.” Mr. Hidding said.
“What is clear is that the Break O’ Day municipality is well and truly open for business, and it is extremely encouraging to see locals banding together and supporting the region.” Shadow Minister for Regional Development Mark Shelton said.
“The Tasmanian Liberals encourage everyone thinking about a holiday or a weekend day trip to visit the East Coast and support the region to ensure that it is not left for dead.” Mr. Shelton said.