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On Sunday 28 June, Cabinet travelled to Wynyard for a Community Forum.

Opening the Wynyard forum, the Premier said he did not want Tasmanians to see the Government as distant and disconnected but as a group of people connected to what’s really going on in Tasmanian lives, wherever they live in the State.

The north-west coast as a whole has been hard-hit by the global financial crisis and the State Government is investing in a huge infrastructure program of roads, schools, child and family centres, rail upgrades and telecommunications roll-outs, to help keep local businesses in work and local people in jobs.

Tourism is of course also a very important industry on the coast of Tasmania which is why the State Government has decided to go ahead with the $23 million investment in the Tarkine Tourism Drive. Not all residents agreed with the decision but the Premier urged them to consider the jobs that it would create and pointed out that it would be one of the great road trips of Australia.

The Premier was pleased to give residents an update on the masterplan for a sports precinct which would bring together a basketball stadium, tennis courts, squash centre, football ground, bowls club, junior soccer and the relocation of the cricket club. The Premier said he expected to receive information back from that study in the next couple of months and hoped it would lead to some great developments in the Waratah-Wynyard area.

Prior to the forum the Premier was pleased to participate in a bike ride with The North West Recreational Cycling Group.

On Monday 29th June, Cabinet met with the Waratah-Wynyard Council and participated in community and business visits in the surrounding area.