PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd visited Tasmania yesterday for the first time since calling the federal election, making whirlwind stops in Hobart, Launceston and Devonport.
Mr Rudd arrived 90 minutes late for a press conference at the Royal Hobart Showground where he announced $5 million towards the redevelopment of the 190-year-old site.
He took questions from the trailing press pack for 30 minutes before flying to Launceston where he announced funds for a sporting complex at Prospect.
The $375,000 contribution will go towards the $1.1 million redevelopment of Prospect Park to provide more playing fields, lighting and field drainage.
``We are here with these local projects promoting investment, doing investments, growing jobs and creating opportunities,'' Mr Rudd said.
Mr Rudd used the opportunity to repeat accusations that Tasmania would get $600 million less GST revenue under a Tony Abbott government.
The Prime Minister finished the lightning visit to the state at the Costa Exchange distribution centre near Devonport, which received $1 million under Labor's $100 million Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Plan.
The funding, contingent on the Tasmania Forest Agreement, will go towards building a warehouse and packing facility and increase the workforce from 13 to 40 full-time jobs.