Launceston’s mayor says the federal budget is positive one for the region.
Albert van Zetten said he was pleased to see measures that will introduce positive impacts for Northern Tasmania, and Launceston.
Alderman van Zetten listed the $47.5 million in funding for the Tamar River clean-up as a top win.
The money comes as part of the Launceston City Deal, a partnership signed in 2017 by the City of Launceston council, and the federal and state governments.
The deal led to the development of the Tamar Estuary Management Taskforce, which Alderman van Zetten said was the most “tangible and coordinated move towards improving the health of the Tamar Estuary that the city has seen in decades”.
As announced last week, Northern Tasmania also received $25.7 million of federal money for the Scottsdale irrigation scheme.
Combined with $20 million from the state government and $12.03 million from water sales, the funding will allow work on the scheme to begin immediately.
RACT also welcomed $400 million for safety upgrades on the Bass Highway, announced on Monday.