Greens' focus on skilled North-East workers

BASS Greens MHA Kim Booth yesterday announced the party's five candidates for Bass in the coming state election, and a policy to attract skilled workers to North-East Tasmania.

Political adviser Amy Tyler, Fresh on Charles owner Andrea Dawkins, environmental consultant Anna Povey, and small business owner and anti-pulp mill campaigner Anne Layton-Bennet will run alongside Mr Booth.

Mr Booth highlighted cleaning up the Tamar River and supporting sustainable businesses that generated a diversified economy as key priorities for the Greens.

Ms Tyler outlined the party's new commitment to attract and retain skilled professionals to Launceston and the North-East, based on the Evocities campaign run by seven regional towns in New South Wales.

According to the Evocities website, it showcased "the abundance of opportunities in these regional cities due to their lower cost of living, strong career and business opportunities and enhanced lifestyle".

Ms Tyler said the Greens would invest $75,000 in a review of the campaign and develop a strategy suited to North-East Tasmania.

"When we talk about unemployment we've actually got to look deeper and look at what types of unemployment there are in our region," Ms Tyler said.

"If you look at North-East Tasmania, we're crying out for people with skills and qualifications.

"If we were to actually attract those people to the region, or better yet retain our young professionals to this region, they would also have the discretionary income available to drive further employment."

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