Tasmanian Govt supports building sector during COVID-19

Works to dig Australia’s longest and deepest road tunnels, as part of the $3 billion NorthConnex project in Sydney, is now complete.The Tasmanian government has committed to assisting the state’s key sectors through the challenges faced by the coronavirus pandemic.

The State Government recognised the building and construction sector, which is supported by hundreds of businesses and thousands of workers, has been one of the state’s great success stories in recent years.

In a statement Minister for Building and Construction Elise Archer said this has been supported by record private sector investment paired with a record level of state government infrastructure funding for roads, schools, hospitals and other key assets.

Though building sites around Tasmania have largely remained active during the coronavirus pandemic, contractors have been required to put in place social distancing and personal hygiene measures to protect those working on and around sites.

Ms. Archer said she congratulates the construction sector member organisations for developing clear and extensive instructions for building sites, and these should be strictly followed.

She also reminded the sector that workplace health and safety regulator, Worksafe Tasmania, has provided information for employers and employees on key directions to increase safety on site.

The Tasmanian government has announced bringing forward of millions of dollars of funding as part of our stimulus package.

To ensure a steady supply of screw-driver and paint-brush ready projects, the Government has extended the Local Government Loan Scheme from $50 million to $150 million. This is in addition to bringing forward $50 million of maintenance in public buildings and assets, including public housing, announced last week.

Building and construction industry members in Tasmania can obtain information about COVID-19 specific to their sector at Master Builders Tasmania and the Housing Industry Association.

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