East Coast promised upgrades to highway, boating, fishing

Upgrades to the Tasman Highway and recreational boating and fishing were of “direct importance” to the Break O’Day Council for the state election, general manager John Brown said.

The East Coast will receive these and more, according to pledges made by the Liberal party.

Tasman Highway

New stopping bays and passing lanes will be built on the Tasman Highway from Scottsdale through to the East Coast with $12 million funding.

Overtaking lanes will also be built on the Tasman Highway between St Helens and Dianas Basin alongside other improvements, with $8.3 million funding.

Boating and fishing

Derelict jetties will be replaced and new facilities built around Georges Bay with $685,000 funding. The state government will work with the Break O’Day Council to provide safe access and facilities for children, seniors, and those with a disability.

A new car park will be built at Burns Bay with $500,000 funding.

An extension to the Marine Rescue Building was pledged $130,000. 

The East Coast Rock Lobster Translocation Program will be extended as part of a $26.1 million investment into Tasmania’s wild catch and farmed seafood sector.

Community

The outcomes from the community consultation for the Scamander Bridge project will be delivered with $250,000 funding.

Tourism

Camping sites including the Dianas Basin camping area, Humbug Point nature reserve, and camping areas in the Mount William National Park received a $1.5 million pledge.

Road widening and safety treatments on the Great Eastern Drive were promised $9 million over five years.

Phone reception

A $3.5 million pledge was made to improve phone reception between Binalong Bay and Buckland.

Law and order

St Helens Police Station is likely to receive two extra police officers.