Tasmanian Budget 2018: Northern Tasmanian package

More than $30 million will be listed in Thursday’s state budget papers to fund work to help improve the Tamar River’s water quality.

The government committed to a $95 million program in the March election to fix the workings of the Launceston’s combined sewerage and stormwater system and improve the health of river catchments.

The first $31.4 million will be rolled out from next financial year.

The budget papers will also contain the government’s first contribution for a $270 million Northern prison with $45 million allocated over the forward estimates.

The government will embark on a $87.3 million redevelopment of the Launceston General Hospital with $37.2 million for that project contained within the budget.

There will be $17.8 million in capital and recurrent funding for the hospital’s children’s ward.

The budget will fund 40 additional nursing graduates for Northern Tasmania and $6.4 million for more paramedic positions.

There has been $2.45 million allocated to support the Northern relocation of 100 Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment staff.

The government will come through with its election promises on roads with $53 million to go towards West Tamar Highway, Mowbray interconnector, Invermay road network and planning for a new Tamar Bridge crossing.

Treasurer Peter Gutwein said the 2018-19 budget would assist in achieving a stronger economy, job creation, and reductions in the the cost of living.