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Tassie budget supports transport industry

Increased investment in infrastructure announced in the 2019-20 Tasmanian Budget has been welcomed by the Tasmanian Transport Association.

Speaking on behalf of the organisation, Michelle Harwood, TTA Executive Director said the continued commitment to improving roads, bridges, rail and infrastructure for key freight corridors would be well received by industry and the stakeholders it served.

“The Association recognises the support of the Tasmanian Government and Minister Jeremy Rockliff for the development of a rest area strategy for heavy vehicle drivers and will continue to advocate for suitable rest and pull over areas for drivers to be considered in the planning stages for road infrastructure developments in Tasmania,” Harwood said.

Transport and Logistics is a key driver for the Tasmanian economy, enabling the success of other growth industries including the agriculture and aquaculture sectors.

The Tasmanian Transport Association also said it supported a recent commitment by the Tasmanian Government for funding to support the development of a new Workforce Plan for Transport and Logistics.

“The allocation of $60,000 as a grant will support the Tasmanian Transport and Logistics Workforce Advisory Group to write the blueprint for the future workforce development priorities and pathways for our industry,” said Harwood.

The Budget confirmed allocations for dedicated positions for work experience and apprenticeship coordination.

The Tasmanian Transport Association said it will advocate for the Government to retain the current payroll tax incentives for employers of trainees and apprentices, despite the plan to cut these incentives for the transport industry from 1st July 2019.

“The payroll tax rebate is an important program to encourage the uptake of trainees and apprentices in both transport and mechanical trades areas – which are occupations in demand in Tasmania” she said.

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