Wish-lists of all shapes, sizes


LAUNCESTON City Council has won some support for $5.65 million in flood remediation works at Kings Meadows and $2.75 million for its North Bank redevelopment.

However, it is yet to receive definitive support for more equitable funding for the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery.

Labor last week promised $3million for stormwater infrastructure improvements on Hobart Road and has matched a previous Liberal Party promise for $2.75 million for a new playground and connector bridge at North Bank.

The council's five-year funding agreement for QVMAG with the state government will expire on June 30, 2014 and the council says it is determined to negotiate a fairer five-year agreement.

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said the council contributed $4.6 million in ratepayer money to the museum's $6 million operating budget, while the state government contributed $10.2 million for the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery's operations.

"QVMAG has grown into a major regional facility, and it is unreasonable to expect the 65,000 residents of the Launceston City Council municipality to continue to fund it to such a level," Alderman van Zetten said.

Northern Midlands

NORTHERN Midlands Council wants a start to the Perth Bypass as a priority, as well as heavy vehicle routes around major towns.

It is asking for $2.4 million to be allocated to seal Nile Road, $445,000 for an upgrade to part of Burlington Road, and $175,000 for Translink Avenue.

Other infrastructure requests include $200,000 for clubroom and training facilities at the Longford Sports Centre, and $800,000 to replace the Woolmers heritage bridge.

For community development, it has asked for: $35,000 for a recreation area development plan for Campbell Town; $80,000 for a Cressy skatepark; $30,000 for an Evandale skatepark; $120,000 for primary health co-ordinator at Longford and $77,000 for the Active Northern Midlands program.

Other requests include $100,000 to upgrade Longford Velodrome and $250,000 for a transport study.

West Tamar

THE West Tamar Council has presented state parties with modest funding requests compared to other Northern councils.

At the top of the list is $950,000 for the redevelopment of Riverside Olympic's soccer facilities at the Windsor Community Precinct.

The precinct already has an indoor hall for training sessions to reduce the impact on the soccer pitches, which are in need of improvement.

Another $350,500 has been asked for work at the popular community hub to redevelop the Riverside Cricket Club, Little Athletics and ancillary buildings.

The council has also asked for $1million to redevelop the Beauty Point Recreation Precinct.


DORSET Council has focused on an $11.5 million road upgrade for the Musselroe Ecotourism development; a $8.5 million road upgrade from Bridport turnoff to the Lost Farm golf course and up to $4 million for 90 kilometres of bike track between Launceston and Scottsdale.

Council general manager Tim Walker said the Musselroe project was believed to cost between $180million and $200 million, and take three years to build, but would create significant stimulus.

Lost Farm owner Richard Sattler is forming a consortium to mine a sand dune on Lost Farm and an adjoining farm.

Mr Walker believed that although the mine could create up to 30 ongoing jobs for about 20 years, the road to Lost Farm was not at a standard to handle truck movements.

Break O'Day

FOR Break O'Day Council the two major items include $35 million for Ansons Bay Road from Priory to Musselroe, and establish it as a major tourist link road.

The council also wants to see improvements made to the St Helens Sport and Recreation ground at an estimated cost of $18.8 million.

It has lobbied for the relocation of the St Helens Hospital for $11.5million, which has been supported by Labor.

The council wants to see $2.1million provided for the St Helens foreshore. It is also seeking a car park at Burns Bay for $500,000.

Other wish-list projects include: $18 million for St Marys Pass, Weldborough Pass and Elephant Pass; $4.6 million for the St Helens Aerodrome redevelopment; $14.3million for Reids Road; $16.6 million for Binalong Bay causeway; $31million for Esk Main Road; $22million for work at Georges Bay and Pelican Point to improve the St Helens bar way; $6.6 million for a bridge renewal and upgrade program.


FLINDERS Council has lobbied for increased financial support to assure access both by sea and air to Flinders Island and Cape Barron Island.

Besides a request for $7 million in assistance to rebuild the main airline runway, Mayor Carol Cox has called on political parties to ensure that port facilities are improved and a regular shipping service is provided to the islands.

Cr Cox said health services and support were also important.

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