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Lin Thorp

Minister for Education and Skills
Minister for Children
Minister for Police and Emergency Management

Education

The delivery of education and training in Tasmania remains a key State Government priority.  The Education State Budget includes initiatives to support the Government's priority areas of the early years, school education, training and adult learning.

Successful partnership negotiations and agreements with the Australian Government have supported an investment of $1.236 billion for Tasmania's education and training sector in this year's State Budget. This compares to an investment of $1.164 billion in 2009-10 financial year.

While there has been an increase in overall funding for the State's education and training sector in the 2010-11State Budget, continued budget discipline is required.

This will ensure we continue to direct our energy and focus on supporting students and schools so we can work together to improve the outcomes for learners at every stage of development.

This will mean that more children are ready to start school, primary school children have sound literacy and numeracy skills, and more secondary school students attain a post-school qualification to start their career. 

Additionally we need to continue to provide adults with opportunities to develop their work skills to be innovative and productive employees, and allow community members to continue to learn and enrich themselves and our society.

Police and Emergency Management

As part of the 2010-11 Budget the Tasmanian Government has provided an additional $27.919 million over the next four years to fund programs to ensure Tasmania Police remains a highly skilled and high tech organisation with modern technology to enable it to carry out its valuable work to the highest standard.

The provision of $11.021M in funding for an additional 30 police officers will bring the total police establishment to 1,247 officers, the highest level of policing support this State has experienced.

Not only will the government provide additional funding for police numbers it also will ensure these officers are well equipped to carry out their duties.

Funding to upgrade information technology infrastructure, including further expansion of Automated Vehicle Locating (AVL) capabilities and implementation of the IT15 upgrade program, will total $6.493 Million over the next four years. The benefits of the use of mobile data in detecting offenders are already being evidenced; this funding will allow these capabilities to be further enhanced.

The provision of $4.378M for road safety initiatives will see the introduction of Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras across all geographic districts, together with a complete overhaul of traffic equipment. Whist it has been pleasing to see a reduction in the number of deaths on our roads this calendar year, this is not a time to be complacent, every death is one too many. Tasmania Police will be well equipped to detect those who disobey the law.

Marine policing will receive and $0.8M injection to replace its small vessel fleet. This program will see the introduction of seven new vessels across the next three years ensuring that marine police across the state are well equipped to carry out their duties.

The Government recognises the vital role that Forensic Science Services Tasmania (FSST) plays in supporting police. To ensure the FSST laboratory remains well equipped to carry out its functions an additional $1.503M has been provided over the next three years to upgrade scientific equipment. Furthermore $0.3M will be provided to upgrade police forensic equipment including items such as crime scene cameras and ballistics support. Forensic capabilities will be further enhanced through provision of $0.6M to increase the department's electronic crime capabilities.

The provision of an additional $0.450M in this year's budget will see the overhaul of the Tasmania Police uniform offering officers both a dress uniform and a heavy duty uniform maximising occupational health and safety.

This Government also recognises the valuable contribution made by volunteers within the State Emergency Services. In recognition of these efforts $0.155M will be provided for grants to volunteer units whilst a dedicated $0.1M will be provided to upgrade SES accommodation for the Zeehan and Rosebery units.

Tasmania Fire Service

The State Fire Commission's major capital priority for 2010-11 is its fire fighting truck replacement program. In 2010-11, 14 heavy tanker trucks will be fabricated and one heavy pumper purchased at a cost of $3 million. The 14 new vehicles which are purpose designed and built locally, provide greater safety and efficiency for brigades responding to fires.

The fire station build program continues to be an important priority and in 2010-11, $640 000 has been allocated for major works that include the building of fire stations at Barton and Pyengana upgrades at Burnie and Launceston Fire Brigades as well as minor works at Southport, Nubeena, Bicheno, Derby and Dilston Fire Brigades and the North West Regional Training Centre.

The State Government funded Community Fire Protection Planning Program provides a total of $1.275 million over three year to enable the appointment of three community planners, one for each region to support local brigades, to oversee the development of Community Protection Plans and to support community based promotion and education. An initial allocation of $213 000 was provided in 2009-10 with $425 000 being provided in 2010-11.

The new fire appliances and new and improved fire stations will assist our career and volunteer firefighters to help protect Tasmania.