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On Sunday 4th October, Cabinet travelled to Beaconsfield for a Community Forum.

Premier David Bartlett opened the Beaconsfield Community Forum by saying that the Government was committed to building opportunities in local communities so that children don’t grow up with the view that to get a good job and access services you need to leave town.
“I want the mums and dads of Beaconsfield to be able to say to their kids that you have a choice to stay in this community and find a fulfilling job if you want to,” Mr Bartlett said.

At the forum Premier David Bartlett spoke about the Government’s commitment to supporting Tasmanian jobs through new generation industries which will create clever jobs across the State. The example he used was the roll out of optic fibre across the state which will not only create new types of jobs, but will also improve access to services and quality of life.

“It is important for services to be available to people where they live - in their own communities which is why we are establishing a new Child and Family Centre in Beaconsfield,“ Mr Bartlett said.
Prior to the community forum the Premier officially opened the Quamby Estate at Hagley and congratulated Anthology Travel on its outstanding development. The Premier said that the development was another sign of the strength of Tasmania’s tourism industry and the confidence private business has in our economy.
While in Beaconsfield the Premier also had the opportunity to inspect construction works which are underway for the new facilities for children and their families. The Australian Government is investing $1.8 million in an Early Learning and Care Centre while the Tasmanian Government is investing $2.5 million for a Child and Family Centre. Both the new services are being built at Beaconsfield Primary School to create an integrated service and support hub for children and their families.

On Monday Cabinet met with the West Tamar Council over a working luncheon and also participated in a number of local community and business visits.