Work has commenced on the $4.1 million Wild Mersey Mountain Bike project, which will connect Latrobe, Railton and Sheffield with over 100 kilometres of world-class trails.
The multi-year development has been a collaboration between the Kentish and Latrobe councils with funding help from both state and federal government.
“WE know the government wants to be sure that its goal of a billion trees becomes a reality and not just a slogan and we look forward to helping ensure that the measures are indeed now put in place which will deliver the right trees in the right places at the right scale.”
AUSSIE authorities have been granted beefed-up powers to stop unsafe foods from entering the country.
The reforms come three years after dozens of dozens of people contracted hepatitis from imported frozen berries.
“All Coalition commitments made during the Braddon by-election are being delivered, and clubs and individuals have received letters from the Minister to that effect.”
“There is a process to follow to ensure proper management of taxpayer funds but all promises will be delivered as soon as possible and in accordance with good governance practices.”
Fighter for the forest industry Tasmanian Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck has been returned as Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water in the new Scott Morrison government – a role that carries responsibility for the forest sector.
Senator Colbeck, 60, replaces SA Liberal senatorAnne Ruston who takes over the Assistant Minister forInternational Development and the Pacific portfolio from NSW Liberal Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells.
Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck completed an amazing return when he was sworn in to the Morrison Government ministry.
Senator Colbeck was sworn in as the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources at the Government House ceremony on Tuesday.
Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck says he is delighted and honoured to have been elevated to the federal ministry by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
The new assistant minister for agriculture and water resources said he was looking forward to working with farmers and forestry, particularly given the East Coast drought.
Premier Will Hodgman has welcomed as good news for Tasmania the appointment of Senator Richard Colbeck as Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources.
“Senator Colbeck has been a passionate advocate for Tasmania, and particularly our state's vital agricultural sector, over many years,” Mr Hodgman said.
A Northern Tasmanian farmer has lashed out at McCain over contract potato pricing, as the consumer watchdog begins its investigation into the vegetable processor.
The investigation by the ACCC has been welcomed by Tasmanian Senator Richard Colbeck, who has worked with growers on similar issues in the past.
Op-Ed: Senator Richard Colbeck
We all remember the dark days pre-2013 when Labor and the Greens were working together at the state level and in Canberra in a way that put out the Tasmania “closed for business” sign.
What a change of attitude we see today with the benefit of stable majority governments at state and national level, both promoting pro-business policies designed to build a strong economy.
Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne has announced an MOU between Thales Australia, the University of Tasmania, Australian Maritime College and AMOG Consulting to establish a state-of-the-art trials and test facility for submarine and surface ship sonar systems.
Tasmania has made significant improvements in the Defence Force industry says Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne.
Mr Pyne toured Devonport’s Delta Hydraulics, who recently signed a 40-year contract to be part of the sustainment and maintenance of the Collins class sonar upgrade.
A mining operation on Tasmania's west coast will soon breathe again after ceasing production, with work set to start on extracting gold, silver, lead and zinc from tailings.
About 50 jobs and significant environmental benefits are expected from a North-West minerals project expected to start production in September or October.
Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras will be installed on the streets of Burnie, Somerset and Wynyard as part of a federal government safety program.
Federal Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said the federal government would allocate $134,000 to Waratah-Wynyard Council and $60,000 to the Burnie City Council from the Safer Communities Fund.
On Friday, Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop announced Direct Edge Manufacturing had been pre-qualified to provide sheet metal products for the construction of “Hunter class” naval frigates.
Direct Edge chief executive Di Edgerton said the company currently employed more than 45 people, and would require an extra 25 workers to deliver the contract.
Tasmania has plenty of potential for more wind farms, the proponent of a West Coast wind project says. Construction will start at the end of the month after the project secured financial close with the help of $59 million from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.
An Ulverstone-based company is gearing up to design and construct a $50 million research facility on Macquarie Island.
Tasmanian Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck said the downgrade of the DCCI event to a “working lunch” showed what businesses thought of Mr Shorten.
“Businesses are voting with their feet on Mr Shorten’s higher taxing agenda”, Senator Colbeck said.
Latrobe’s Psychology CAFFE will receive $1.6 million from the federal government’s $4.8 million package for mental health in the North-West.
An advanced welding training centre to help North-West businesses be more competitive in international markets will be established in South Burnie.
The federal government will spend $700,000 to improve the ailing telecommunications infrastructure on the West Coast.
Braddon Labor candidate Justine Keay has had to defend Labor’s tax policy after Opposition Labor Leader Bill Shorten promised to repeal some of the government’s company tax cuts.
A Senate Committee will conduct an inquiry into the pet food industry, after several dogs have allegedly died after eating Advance Dermocare, among other brands. Liberal Senator for Tasmania, Richard Colbeck, is on the committee conducting the inquiry, and says that it is vitally important because ‘pets are part of the family.’
The first stage of the government's tax cuts plan has been approved with full support and Liberal members were in Ulverstone on Friday to discuss their impact on Braddon workers.
Devonport and the Coast is in mourning after the death of an admired and respected former mayor. Tributes are flowing for Mary Binks, OAM, who died at her home on Tuesday.
Ulverstone Neighbourhood House is set to receive a PV solar system with a grant from the federal government. The $7,827 grant from the solar communities program will reduce the powerbills of the house, allowing the money saved to go back into the organisation. Ulverstone Neighborhood House manager Simon Douglas said the Men’s Shed received a system the same size and now they are saving $2,000 a year on power bills.
Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has taken some of the credit for increased exports from the Harvest Moon vegetable processing facility in Forth.
Britton Timbers will employ an additional five people upon the completion of its High Value Timber Drying Improvement Project. Expected to be completed by the end of the year, the works have also created five jobs throughout construction. Britton Timbers director Shawn Britton met with Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck and Candidate for Braddon Brett Whiteley to discuss the industry boost on Monday, a product of a two-year research study at the University of Tasmania.
The Federal Government has announced it will spend $20 million on the war against fruit fly in Tasmania. But some fear the money has come too late and will not be spent on the frontline workers needed to detect the pest. A fruit fly incursion was recorded in the state's north in January.
A Tasmanian senator has called on his Liberal colleagues in the Hodgman government to “take the lead” in lobbying Qantas to establish a new pilot training college at Devonport Airport. Senator Richard Colbeck wants there to be a “whole of state approach” to attracting the training college to Tasmania, which he says would distinguish the state from mainland bids.
The Federal Government will allocate $461 million in tomorrow's budget to build a new Bridgewater Bridge downriver from the current one in Hobart's north. The pledge for a long-awaited replacement bridge linking the Brooker and Midland highways is part of a massive $920 million package for the state.
Tasmanian producers are on a collision course with Europe over the use of product names like feta and parmesan. The European Union wants Australian companies banned from using a range of product names which originated in Europe as the early negotiations on an Australia-EU free trade agreement approach.
Construction of phone towers in North-West Coast mobile black spot areas is expected to start before the end of the year. Areas at Gunns Plains, Yolla, Sulphur Creek and Devonport will receive better phone and internet coverage, as part of the federal government’s $220 million black spot program. Tasmanian Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck visited Gunns Plains to make the announcement on Thursday.
The Coalition has detailed its plan to boost Tasmania’s infrastructure with a $920.8 million cash injection, which one senator says will facilitate the biggest infrastructure project in the state since dams were constructed in the 1960s and ‘70s.
Tasmanian Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck added his opinion to the debate of how football can be in Tasmania on Thursday, believing the AFL Steering Committee is disconnected from the community they are trying to save.