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The Premier acknowledged the strong community spirit and resilience of Dorset residents in the face of challenging tough economic times at a Community forum in Scottsdale on Sunday 24 May.

The Premier encouraged those attending to let him and Government Ministers know what they could do to help secure jobs for local residents during the Global Financial Crisis (GFC).  He said that securing jobs was the number one issue during the GFC and that the Government was committed to doing just that through responsible economic management and by having the strength to make the tough decisions needed in these challenging economic times. 

“I remain committed to making the highest levels of Government available to all Tasmanians, more so now during these trough times and community forums were a great way for residents to meet their Government in person to share their ideas and raise concerns.

The Premier and Mayor Peter Partridge also signed a second partnership agreement between the State Government and the Dorset Council at the Scottsdale Community Forum. The two-year agreement is a great demonstration of cooperative government and highlighted 3 priorities for the region:

• Redevelopment of the Scottsdale Recreation Ground;
• Transport planning; and
• Establishing a new regional LINC in Scottsdale

The $3 million LINC will integrate a range of State Government community services under one roof making it a one-stop-shop for residents in the area.

The Premier said that the commitments made through the partnership agreement are in addition to the significant support the State Government has already provided and will continue to provide for this region.

Prior to the forum, the Premier together with Minister for Human Services, visited a Housing Tasmania unit complex in Scottsdale to check on renovations that will improve the energy efficiency of public housing. As a part of the Tasmanian Government’s response to the Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan, a number of renovations are underway in Scottsdale to ensure that all existing Housing Tasmania properties have been retrofitted with energy efficiency features,” Mr Bartlett said.

On Monday 25th May, Cabinet met with the Dorset Council and participated in community and business visits in the surrounding area.