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.