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St. Helens

The Premier, Ministers and Government Members met with St Helens residents on Sunday 5th April for a community forum to talk about local issues and ideas for the St Helens area.

The Premier spoke to a large group of residents and restated his commitment to supporting regional communities through tough economic times by investing in local job creating projects.

Speaking about his vision for rolling out hundreds of small infrastructure projects to ensure regional economies remain strong, the Premier said that Tasmanians could expect to see a lot more of him in regional areas as the year progresses. It is through regional community forums and meetings with councils that such projects are being identified as priorities.

The Premier heard some great ideas for new projects that would benefit the community and welcomed feedback on already identified projects such as a Bay of Fires National Park. The proposed National Park will increase the protection of this area of international appeal and is likely to draw even more tourists into the region - aided by the kind of recognition that has been received through the Lonely Planet guide naming the Bay of Fires as the must see destination for 2009.

The Premier made a commitment to residents that the Government will be starting the formal consultation process for the new park shortly – including what its boundaries should be.

Also high on the agenda for St Helens residents was the St Helens Barway. The Premier reassured those assembled that the State Government is looking seriously at the matter and working to resolve it. The Premier is hoping to have more information about a solution for the St Helens Barway for residents in coming months.

Prior to the forum, the Premier together with former Olympic Gold Medalist Shane Gould, participated in the Devil of a Swim race at Waubs Beach in Bicheno to raise money to save the Tasmanian devil.

While in St Helens, the Premier also announced a grant $2,400 grant for the East Coast ambulance volunteer service, which will go towards purchasing new pagers.

On Monday 6th April, Cabinet met with the Break O’Day Council and participated in community and business visits in the surrounding area.

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