Tasmanian families and businesses are set to be major beneficiaries of a new initiative to upgrade the capacity and capability of the NBN Sky Muster satellite service.
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, welcomed the upgrade as a major boost to internet access in remote areas.
Senator Colbeck: “Sky Muster provides NBN access to some of our most remote areas, such as King Island and the West Coast, where access to high quality internet is essential to overcome the tyranny of distance.
“On the North West, West Coast and King Island we have 1,000 premises registered on the NBN Sky Muster satellite service and scrapping the download cap will encourage a further 2,638 premises to take up the service.
“Businesses in remote areas, particularly those in primary industries, will also be able to further modernise and digitise their operations, which will drive productivity gains for our exporters.
“Farmers are increasingly embracing precision agriculture, with harvesting data becoming almost as important as harvesting crops.
“Boosting “burst” downloads speeds above 25 Megabits per second will make data transfers between farmers and agronomists far less excruciating than previously.
“With mountainous terrain, isolated communities and a primary industries sector punching above its weight, the North West, West Coast and King Island will be major beneficiaries of the $2 billion NBN Sky Muster program.”
The new product is to be known as Sky Muster Plus and it will provide unmetered monthly data for web-browsing, email and software updates, and is expected to be available in 2019.
For more information about the Sky Muster satellite service visit: www.nbnco.com.au
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Australia’s forestry industry is set to benefit from the launch of a second Australian certification standard for the sustainable management of the nation’s forests.
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck welcomed the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) National Forest Stewardship Standard, which joins the existing “Responsible Wood” certification standard in providing assurances that Australian wood products are from forests managed to the world’s highest standards.
"Australia's forest and wood products sector is a great contributor to our nation—through the jobs and wealth the industry creates and its dedication to sustainable production,” Minister Colbeck said.
“Global demand for timber products is projected to quadruple by 2050 and the new Australian FSC Standard will help us tap into this growth market by utilizing a globally recognised trust mark for sustainable forest management.
“Certification continues to be an important part of the Australian forestry sector and demonstrates the strong sustainability credentials of our well-managed forest industries.
“Consumers are increasingly aware of, and interested in, the origins of the products they buy and the processes that go into making them.
“Both nationally and internationally, certification has developed as a way of providing assurance to consumers that the wood products they are purchasing are from sustainably managed forests.
“The new FSC national standard was jointly agreed by industry, environment and community interests. Australia now has national standards aligned to the two global certification systems, PEFC and FSC, which have been specifically tailored to Australia’s unique conditions and high-quality regulatory framework.
“The Australian Government contributed $900,000 to the development of both the new FSC standard and the Responsible Wood standard and is fully committed to sustainable management of Australia’s forests.
“This new FSC standard will also complement the Coalition Government’s new National Forest Industries Plan, which will help plant one billion new trees to meet future demand and establish research and production hubs to help set up the industry for decades to come.
“The forest industry is in a strong position to continue to grow and prosper, and the Australian Government will be there every step of the way.”
Consumers and producers can read the ‘National Forest Stewardship Standard for Australia’ here: https://au.fsc.org/en-au/standards/forest-management
8 November 2018
Heritage Rifles Presented to Honour Centenary of Armistice
On behalf of the Department of Defence, Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck today presented Wynyard RSL with heritage rifles in the lead up to the Centenary of Armistice.
Senator Colbeck said it was a special honour to recognise the service of local veterans and contribute to their preservation of our military history.
Senator Colbeck: “The Wynyard RSL is a passionate custodian of the local military heritage, with a collection of artefacts and memorabilia from conflicts spanning more than a century.
“The presentation of M16A1 rifles is significant because they are weapons of high heritage value and are immediately recognisable as a weapon used by the Australian Army during the Vietnam War.
“In many ways Centenary of Armistice this Sunday is a reminder of the sacrifice of generations in the hundred years since the end of the “War to End All Wars.”
“The presentation of these heritage rifles to Wynyard RSL reminds our veterans of later conflicts that their stories are intrinsic to the story of Australia at war, and to the freedom we all enjoy today.
“North West Coasters played a vital role in all wars fought in the name of this country and the presentation today is a reminder of the sacrifice of our region in the pursuit of peace.”
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Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck and Liberal Candidate for Braddon Gavin Pearce have welcomed the progression to Full Business Case assessment for Simplot in their application for a $12 million economic development grant.
Senator Colbeck: “The Coalition Government is committed to unlocking significant private investment in our regions through the Regional Growth Fund, which will support the generation of new local jobs.
“Simplot has successfully passed the initial phase of the grant process for its Ulverstone plant and is now invited to submit a Full Business Case for final assessment.
“Industry Minister Karen Andrews will be touring the facility today to gain an understanding of the importance of this potential $12 million investment, which will unlock a further $37.1 million investment from Simplot in Ulverstone.
“The upgrade of the potato processing facility will see Simplot increase production capacity by 5-10% over the next decade, driving a projected growth of $164 million in the local economy over that period in logistics, packaging and raw materials (including potatoes) with additional revenue for local businesses reaching approximately $11.5 million by Year 3 of operation.”
Mr Pearce: “As a farmer I get how important it is to invest in the economic future of our region, particularly when it comes to helping our businesses compete.
“Simplot directly employs 320 locals in our region and sources potatoes from over 150 local growers and 15 seed growers.
“I’m very pleased to see the commitment from Simplot and the Coalition Government to progress this project to the next stage.
“Agriculture is one of the core industries in our local economy and the opportunity to facilitate the growth of downstream processing and the increased demand for product from our farmers is very welcome.”
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Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, welcomed the beginning of the consultation process around a proposed mandatory Code of Conduct for the dairy industry.
Assistant Minister Colbeck said he was pleased the North West was able to lead off on the consultation process nationally.
Assistant Minister Colbeck: “North West Tasmania is dairy heartland and the perspectives of farmers here matter a great deal when it comes to future decisions made for the industry.
“I encourage all dairy farmers in the region to come along and have their voices heard.
A showcase midrise timber building launched today will benefit Australia’s construction and forestry industries by demonstrating the extraordinary capacity of timber as a sustainable, renewable and versatile building resource.
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, said Forest and Wood Products Australia’s (FWPA) midrise demonstration represents an exciting step forward for Australia’s forestry sector.
“The change to the national construction code in 2016 has created new opportunities for the forestry sector to market timber products as a renewable rival for steel and concrete,” Minister Colbeck said.
The Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) has reaffirmed its intention to have the Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster (TRL) Fishery Management Plan in place by 1 December this year.
The PZJA has also further considered implementing catch share splits between the Traditional Inhabitant Boat (TIB) sector and the Transferrable Vessel Holder (TVH) sector for the 2018-19 TRL fishing season.
“A quota management system will better ensure the sustainability of TRL stocks and encourage greater business efficiency and profitability than the current management arrangements,” Senator Colbeck said.
Australia continues to improve its fisheries management systems with the release of a new national approach to mitigating incidental catch of seabirds.
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck, said the release of Australia’s National Plan of Action for Minimising Incidental Catch of Seabirds in Australian Capture Fisheries (NPOA–Seabirds) demonstrates Australia’s commitment to ensuring our world-leading sustainable fisheries don't negatively impact our unique environment.
“It’s very important that we maintain trust among Australian and international consumers, and manage our fisheries with minimal impact on the natural environment – including seabirds,” Minister Colbeck said.
Mental health care for young Australians is set for a $51.8 million funding boost.
Tasmanian Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck said the Government’s extra investment in the national network of headspace centres and the digital portal, eheadspace, means young people will have access to around 14,000 additional services nationally, shorter wait times and extra clinical staff.
“We want young people to know they are not alone on their journey, and that we’re backing quality frontline support,” Senator Colbeck said.
Tasmanian Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck is today encouraging local residents, community organisations and businesses to get on board to support the opening of Round 4 of the Coalition Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP).
“The Coalition Government is committed to making it easier for small business in rural and remote areas to serve their customers and keep in contact with suppliers,” Senator Colbeck said.
“Our Government is also focused on helping to keep Australians together, and one of the best ways to mitigate the tyranny of distance is for families to have access to reliable mobile phone coverage.”
Tasmanian Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck welcomed today’s announcement to fast-track legislated tax relief to bring down the tax rate to 25% for businesses with a turnover under $50 million by 2021– five years early.
“Small and medium businesses employ more than 50% of our workforce and tax relief gives them the ability to provide more opportunities for workers and young people in Braddon,” Senator Colbeck said.
“The first wave of tax relief has already boosted jobs, investment and wages in towns right across our region.”
The Australian Government is delivering on its commitment to undertake a survey of the recreational catch of Southern Bluefin Tuna (SBT).
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Richard Colbeck, announced that the survey will be conducted by the University of Tasmania, starting 1 December 2018 and concluding on 30 November 2019.
“This survey will encapsulate recreational fisher efforts, catch, release and harvest estimates of SBT and other large tuna and billfish,” Minister Colbeck said.
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck has congratulated Cider Australia for launching the world’s first trust mark for craft cider.
“Australia, and particularly Tasmania, produces some of the best apples and pears in the world and Cider Australia’s trust mark will let consumers know that the cider they are buying is made from the highest quality fruit.
“Provenance is playing an increasingly important part of consumer choices, and the trust mark of Australian fruit also lets people know the product is quality and safe.
Communities in West and North West Tasmania are invited to apply for a share in $200 million under Round Three of the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.
Senator Richard Colbeck is urging communities in the region to take advantage of the fund and get local infrastructure and community-building projects of all sizes off the ground.
“This fund is dedicated to unlocking the economic potential in remote and regional Australia and I encourage all eligible organisations with a great project idea to apply for the third round of funding,” Senator Colbeck said.
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck today welcomed the latest Fishery status reports by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES), which show that Commonwealth fisheries management continues to deliver for the sustainability of our oceans.
“For the fifth year in a row, the reports show that no solely Australian government managed fish stock has been classified as subject to overfishing,” Minister Colbeck said.
National grants of $22,000 are being offered for young people between 18 and 35 to find the next big breakthroughs in agriculture, fisheries, and forestry.
“I encourage young Tasmanians looking to build their future in agricultural science to apply - you might be able to make the next game-changing discovery in your field,” Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck said.
The Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team has today announced $34,147 in grants to Men’s Sheds around Tasmania to support their work in local communities.
“Men’s Sheds provide an important space for some friendly, easy-going company, right around Tasmania and the Federal Government, along with the Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team, are pleased to support them,” Senator Colbeck said on behalf of the Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team.
The Devonport Men’s Shed has been awarded a grant of $2,500 from the Morrison Government for new digital equipment while the Burnie Men’s Shed is set to receive $3,545 for soundproofing upgrades under round 17 of the Government’s National Shed Development Programme.
“Like similar sheds across Australia, the Devonport and Burnie sheds offer support to any local men who need a bit of space and some friendly, easy-going company,” Senator Colbeck said.
People living in West and North West Tasmania can have their say on the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into the aged care sector through an online feedback tool.
“As the Prime Minister has said, there are thousands of operators, facilities, care providers, nursing and other clinical staff, volunteers, cleaners, cooks and therapists here in West and North West Tasmania and across the nation who are out there improving the lives of senior Australians every day. This is something we should all be proud of,” Senator Colbeck said.
Work has begun on 45 kilometres of world-class mountain bike trails in north-west Tasmania as part of a plan to promote the state as a first-rate adventure holiday destination.
“It’s likely to become one of Australia’s leading mountain bike attractions, hosting annual mountain bike events, including national championships which will benefit the local economy and market the north-west as a wilderness-based adventure destination,” Senator Colbeck said.
The Coalition Government has re-opened the Mobile Black Spot Program’s Database of Reported Black Spot Locations for new nominations from state and local governments, and Federal Members of Parliament.
“I strongly encourage residents in Tasmania to contact my office as soon as possible to nominate any mobile phone black spots in our community,” Senator Colbeck said.
Australia’s renewable timber and wood-fibre industry will be better prepared for future challenges and opportunities with the support of the Australian Government’s National Forest Industries Plan – Growing a better Australia.
Minister Colbeck said the delivery of the plan will underpin growth in the renewable timber and wood-fibre industry, provide the vision and certainty for Australia’s sustainable forestry industries, and support the sustainable forestry industries as long-term growth engines for regional Australia.
Senator for Tasmania the Hon Richard Colbeck is pleased to announce schools in the West and North West will soon be receiving their annual educational kits in preparation for Remembrance Day, this year marking the centenary of the First World War Armistice.
“Today we know 11 November as Remembrance Day, but its origins started 100 years ago when the Armistice ending the fighting during the First World War was signed,” Senator Colbeck said.
“I congratulate fellow candidates Claire Chandler and Tanya Denison for their selections,” Senator Colbeck said.
“I am delighted to lead a powerful ticket to represent the values of Tasmanians in the Federal Parliament.
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Senator Richard Colbeck welcomed the release of a KPMG report* on Dutch agricultural lessons for Australian producers.
“I have had the opportunity to observe protected horticulture in the Northern Hemisphere when I was previously in this role and from those observations I believe that Tasmania could be one of the best locations in Australia to develop this practice,” Assistant Minister Colbeck said.
Strahan has officially become the first major West Coast town to connect to the NBN today, with around 400 premises served by the new infrastructure.
“The Coalition Government is delivering on its election promise to the people of Strahan, who can officially sign up today for an NBN service,” Senator Colbeck said.
Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck is delighted with his inclusion in the new generation Morrison Ministry.
"It is an honour to serve my country as Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and I'm delighted to return to this portfolio which I know well," Senator Colbeck said.
Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck congratulated the new Liberal leadership team of Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg and thanked outgoing Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party Julie Bishop for their service to the people of Australia.
Today marks the 75th anniversary of the day Dame Enid Lyons became the first woman elected to the Australian House of Representatives.
Senator Richard Colbeck paid tribute to the Smithton native who represented the seat of Darwin, the precursor to the seat of Braddon in North West Tasmania.
Students and staff at St Peter Chanel Catholic School in Smithton will have full use of the newly constructed Josephite Centre consisting of the extended general learning areas, the new general learning areas and multipurpose hall and the refurbished administration area thanks to funding from the Turnbull Government.
Senator Colbeck participated in the opening of the new facilities today on behalf of the Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham.
The Coalition Government has extended the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme (TFES) to include northbound donated fodder, in a move which will ease some of the hardship in drought affected areas of the mainland.
“We don’t know what next summer will bring but, with this historic amendment to the TFES, mainland farmers can be sure that Tassie has their backs," Senator Colbeck said.
Former Braddon MP Justine Keay has been exposed in an act of brazen deception towards the Tasmanian people in the final days of the campaign.
“Ms Keay, in prepared remarks that she later double down on, told the people of Braddon at the TCCI forum that her party would match the Coalition Government’s business tax reduction to 25%,”* Senator Richard Colbeck said.
Reports* that Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s Devonport business lunch has had to be downgraded to a “working lunch” due to a lack of numbers are telling about what business think of Mr Shorten, Senator Richard Colbeck said today.
Senator Richard Colbeck has called on Justine Keay to come clean with the electorate and tell them if she backs Tasmanian colleague Bass MP Ross Hart or leader Bill Shorten on Labor’s new company tax hike.
Today Justine Keay must call on leader Bill Shorten to rule out rolling back legislated tax cuts on all businesses between $2m and $10m which would hurt the workers of 388 businesses in Braddon.
Senator Richard Colbeck paid tribute to the life and contribution to her community of former Devonport Mayor Mary Binks OAM. “I had the genuine pleasure to serve on Devonport Council with Mary when she became Devonport’s first female Mayor from 1999."
The Coalition Government is delivering on our strategy to tackle the scourge of ice in our communities, with a Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) being established in Circular Head.
The Coalition Government continues to deliver on its commitment to regional communities with a $7,827 grant to Ulverstone Neighbourhood House for a solar PV system.
The Federal Coalition Government has delivered $660,000 for the Cradle Coast and Southern National Resource Management organisations to ensure business continuity.
During their seven years in Government from 2007-2013 Labor delivered ZERO new mobile phone blackspot towers in Braddon – they scrapped the Black Spots Program. The facts are, since being elected in 2013, the Liberal Government has delivered nine new mobile phone towers in Braddon and three more have been announced in recent weeks.
Senator Richard Colbeck and Liberal candidate Brett Whiteley have urged North West businesses to jump on board the State Government’s latest Trade Mission, announced today.
Senator Richard Colbeck has called on Bill Shorten to rule out a preference deal with the Greens in the upcoming Braddon byelection, during his visit today. "Mr Shorten needs to be upfront with the voters - will he rule out doing a preference deal with the Greens?" Senator Colbeck said.
Bill Shorten’s promise today is as dodgy as he is - it’s a fake promise that won’t be delivered because even if Labor win the Braddon by-election, they won’t be in government.
Former MP Justine Keay has been caught out fudging the numbers on her company tax claims. Her recent claims that only ten businesses on the North West Coast would benefit from the Coalition Government’s tax relief have turned out to be completely false.
"The Labor position is little different from the Liberal position except they have allocated $6 million and we have allocated $400 million," Senator Colbeck said. "Labor hasn’t nominated a single project for the Bass Highway. Both need to talk to the State Liberal Government. We don’t pretend to ride into town and tell the State what to do. We all know Bill Shorten came to Tassie and promised enough money to build less than a quarter of the Bridgewater Bridge."
With negotiations set to heat up around a potential EU/Australia Free Trade Agreement, Senator Richard Colbeck has debated the European Trade Delegation on the issue of Geographic Indicators in Tasmania. Senator Colbeck, who was previously Minister assisting the Minister for Trade, said that protecting Brand Tasmania was a critical part of the state’s future but that Geographic Indicators were not the way to do it."
The next phase of the Britton Brothers High Value Timber Drying Improvement Project (HVTDIP) has commenced, with the project to provide five full time jobs in the timber industry in Smithton as well as five in construction. Senator Richard Colbeck congratulated Britton Brothers on the progress of the project, welcoming the boost to jobs in the North West forestry sector.
The Coalition Government continues its strong commitment to the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme (TFES) with continued funding for the export component across the forward estimates in the 2018/19 Budget. Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said that since its expansion to include exports in 2016 the TFES had been the assisting Tasmanian businesses to compete in markets around the world.
This year’s Federal Budget is an “exceptionally good” budget for Tasmania, the Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team said tonight. It delivers a record-breaking nearly one billion dollars in infrastructure funding, as well securing essential services funding, while delivering tax relief that will directly benefit around 170,000 Tasmanians. Spokesman for the Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team, Senator Richard Colbeck, said: "This budget delivers for Tasmania, and is clear evidence of the Federal Government’s commitment to our state."
Families in Braddon are set for more support to access early childhood education and care, backed by new funding from the Turnbull Government. Senator Richard Colbeck today welcomed the support for much needed local child care and early learning services.
Tasmanian Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck has acted to help lift flu immunisation rates by getting his flu vaccination administered by a local community pharmacist.
The agriculture sector is predicted to be a significant area of jobs growth over the next 6 years, with a report by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research predicting 80,900 job openings for farm managers in that time.
Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck has urged young athletes to apply for a Local Sporting Champions grant to support their involvement in sport. “The Coalition Government is committed to getting Australian kids more active, more often,” Senator Colbeck said today.
The Turnbull Government has taken the next step in creating a significant defence export industry with the establishment of a coordinating body to link suppliers with overseas customers.
Ahead of early negotiations of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the European Union and Australia, the Europeans have made ambit claims over a number of generic product names that are widely used in the rest of the world. Senator Richard Colbeck said that Tasmanian producers of feta, parmesan and many other goods would be harmed by European insistence that only producers from particular continental regions can use such terms on their labelling.
In a sign of the increasing disconnect between the AFL and the many Tasmanians who love the game, Gillon McLachlan’s new steering committee met far from the people they seek to provide solutions to. “It was telling that while Tasmania’s State League footy club Presidents met in Hobart last night, the AFL steering committee deigned to meet in Melbourne to decide their fate,” Senator Richard Colbeck said.
Tasmanian Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck has called on the Tasmanian State Government to take the lead in coordinating submissions to Qantas for their proposed Pilot Training College.
The North West Recreational Fisheries Public Forum held last night at the Devonport Yacht Club was an opportunity for around 65 interested recreational fishers, DPIPWE fishery managers and IMAS fisheries scientists to come together to discuss key challenges and opportunities for the industry.
The Penguin Men’s Shed has been awarded a grant of $4930 from the Turnbull Government for new tools and building maintenance under the Government’s National Shed Development Programme.