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On Sunday 10 August 2008, Cabinet travelled to Oatlands in the Southern Midlands for the second in a series of ongoing community forums.

Opening the Oatlands forum, the Premier acknowledged the strong community spirit and resilience of locals in the face of challenges such as drought and rising living costs.

Water is of high importance to the Oatlands region and the Tasmanian Government is investigating a Midlands water pipeline to bring water from Poatina to the Southern Midlands.

The Premier, Ministers and Heads of Government Agencies had a full afternoon of appointments with members of the local community to listen to their views and hear directly from community members about issues and concerns specific to the area.

On Monday 11 August, Cabinet met with the Southern Midlands Council and participated in community and business visits in the surrounding area.

During the visit the Premier announced a $145,000 grant for the Rural Alive and Well program to provide mental health support to rural men and their families.

The Minister for Health and Human Services, Lara Giddings also announced an $8.3 million increase in funding for Tasmania’s rural and regional health.