Opposition Leader Rebecca White says Tamar fix is a priority

OPEN FORUM: Opposition Leader Rebecca White responds to a question from the floor as Michelle O'Byrne, Josh Willie and Brian Roe look on at Wednesday night's Labor community forum. Picture: Hamish Geale

OPEN FORUM: Opposition Leader Rebecca White responds to a question from the floor as Michelle O'Byrne, Josh Willie and Brian Roe look on at Wednesday night's Labor community forum. Picture: Hamish Geale

Fixing Launceston’s water and sewerage infrastructure would be made “a priority” under a Labor government says Opposition Leader Rebecca White.

Speaking from a Labor community forum in Launceston on Wednesday night, Ms White said the state of the Tamar River was holding back development in the state’s North.  

“We want to make sure that we can provide the funding to see that problem fixed,” Ms White said.

“We can revitalise the economy here in the North of the state by fixing that issue, provide confidence to businesses to invest in Launceston and make sure we can continue to grow jobs in this community.

“The Labor Party has long been a strong investor and supporter of public infrastructure that benefits all people, and here’s a really good example and it’s why we’re committing to fixing it.”

Problems with Tasmania’s health system was a recurring topic at the forum, and many voiced concerns about changes to the school starting age. 

Ms White was also asked to clarify Labor’s position on council amalgamations.

“We won’t support forced amalgamations of councils.  

“We want to see improved efficiencies and better value for ratepayers and that’s why we’ve supported resource sharing in the past and we’ll continue to do that. 

“We want to see councils work together to make sure they deliver the best value for money for ratepayers and the best services for ratepayers, but we don’t believe that forced amalgamations is necessarily the answer and we won’t be supporting that position.”

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