A brighter future for jobs in Tasmania

Secure, well-paying jobs will be a key part of Tasmania’s better working future.

Labor will invest in the future of jobs and manufacturing in Tasmania – with $26 million pledged to create jobs and ensure Tasmania is a state that does things.

Over the past decade, under the Liberals, 85,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost. Australia ranks last in the OECD for manufacturing self-sufficiency. Our manufacturing sector is less than half the size it was in the 1990s.

Today, Labor announces new partnerships with local industry to secure existing jobs and support new jobs and opportunities:

  • $5 million to help kick-start LINE Hydrogen’s George Town project – using collocated solar panels to produce green hydrogen to replace diesel in Tasmania’s trucks and buses.
    • The first stage of the project should include the production of hydrogen and 24 hydrogen trucks which will be leased to industrial partners.
  • $2 million to help expand Costa’s East Davenport Berry distribution center, supporting up to 140 jobs throughout the year.
  • $11 million to partner with Ingham’s to implement a certified zero-carbon business model – protecting over 120 local jobs and pioneering sustainable manufacturing in the poultry sector, which can be scaled across Australia.
  • $2 million to support a feasibility study and early development costs for the Whaleback Energy Park proposed by Westcoast Renewable Energy.
    • This has the potential to use the abundant wind and water resources of the West Coast to produce green hydrogen for use in Tasmania, as well as for export to the mainland and the world.
    • If fully operational, the Whaleback Energy Park could create more than 4,500 construction jobs and more than 550 permanent full-time jobs.

This is on top of the $6 million in work announced earlier in the week to secure the future of Waverley Mills, supporting textile manufacturing and 120 ongoing jobs.

The workforce will develop Tasmanian industry and boost local manufacturing. We will work with industry to protect and grow jobs, as well as attract private investment to Tasmania.

Local businesses will also be able to access equity and loans through Labour’s $15 billion National Reconstruction Fund.

This will help create new capabilities and opportunities to innovate in transportation, defense, resources, food and beverage processing, medical science, renewable energy and low-emission technologies, manufacturing and value addition.

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