Premier Announces Delivery Of New Spirits Vessels And Schools Expansion

Premier Announces Delivery Of New Spirits Vessels And Schools Expansion

Tasmania Premier Will Hodgman

Tasmania Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff

Building Your Future Update 2

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In our Plan to Build Your Future we’re looking at ways we can improve the lives of all Tasmanians and take Tasmania to the next level. This week we have made some important progress, Premier Will Hodgman said.

“We’ve announced that we will deliver 2 brand new Spirit of Tasmania vessels in 2021 and 2 years ahead of schedule, which will have a much larger passenger and freight capacity.”

“This is an absolute game changer for the North-West the region benefits more than any other from the visitors whose journey to our state starts on the Spirits. This means more visitors, more visitor spending and more jobs. Every sailing also means a greater capacity for our primary producers to get their produce to market.” Premier Hodgman said.

“Together with the Federal Government we announced the commencement of works on the $30 million North Esk Irrigation Scheme.”

“Roll out of irrigation schemes across the state is a key part of our Sustainable Agri-Food Plan to grow the value of agriculture to $10 Billion by 2050. The North Esk Irrigation scheme will deliver a reliable water source and allow for the expansion of horticulture, viticulture, mixed cropping and intensive livestock grazing.” Minister Jeremy Rockliff said.

As Primary Industries Minister Jeremy Rockliff also launched our Sustainable Industry Growth Plan for the salmon industry, which supports 5,200 jobs across the state.

“We want to make sure our world-class salmon industry continues to grow sustainably, is managed through strong independent regulation and is supported by the community. This plan gets the balance right and has taken on board community concerns.” Minister Rockliff said.

With his Education hat on Minister Rockliff announced the Hodgman Government’s expectation that all high schools will extend to year 12 by 2022.

“Facts are in. The TCE achievement rate is up by almost 10 % since we came to government. Retention rates and enrolments at extension schools are also on the rise, we want to see that continue. Colleges will remain open and in many cases partner with specific schools, we have seen that students want choice and it’s making a real difference.” Minister Rockliff said.

TAS Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff









Education was a significant focus this week with a $20 Million redevelopment of Penguin High School announced which will see kindergarten to year 12 offered on the 1 site. There are similar consolidation plans at Sorell High with a $22 Million redevelopment planned which will increase capacity to 850 students in one of Tasmania’s fastest growing areas.

“We are continuing our commitment to upgrade school infrastructure. For some schools consolidating learning onto one site makes sense, creating a smoother transition for students between primary and high school and a single drop off point for parents.” Minister Rockliff said.


TCE     Tasmanian Certificate of Education