Greetings and welcome to 2015!
I trust that you have all had (or are having) a relaxing break with family and friends over the Christmas-New Year period.
After a busy 2014, I have enjoyed a refreshing break with my family, holidaying on Tasmania’s beautiful East Coast and brushing up on my fishing and cycling.
The time away from the office has given me the opportunity to recharge my batteries and reflect on the year gone by.
And what a year it was.
An election campaign, an historic return to Government for the Tasmanian Liberals under Will Hodgman, a new job as Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier in a new Government and then nine months of hard work, starting the process of bedding in the policies we took to the Tasmanian people to build a brighter future for our state.
Although not yet one full year into our term, the Liberal Government has already delivered on many of our election commitments.
We’ve started the hard work of putting our State Budget back on a sustainable footing with the 2014-15 Budget cutting the four year cumulative deficit of $1.1 billion left by Labor and the Greens by around $450 million.
We’ve budgeted to deliver on each and every one of the more than 200 commitments we made to the Tasmanian people in the lead up to and during the election campaign.
We’re rebuilding the forest industry, tearing up the job-destroying forest agreement forced on our State by Labor and the Greens.
Since coming to Government, we’ve seen business confidence rise to the highest in the nation, retail spending at a record high and around 6 000 jobs created.
Whilst there’s still a lot more work to do, these achievements show that we’re on the right track and that the economy is recovering.
With 2015 now upon us, I’m looking forward to continuing to work to represent the people of Lyons.
In my role as Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, I have responsibility for Tasmania’s veterans and ex-serving community.
For them—and us—2015 is a special year.
It marks exactly one hundred years since the very first ANZACs landed at Gallipoli, birthing a tradition of service and sacrifice that still lives with us today.
I also look forward to helping grow the volunteering ethos in our State.
Volunteers are the backbone of our communities and deserve our support and recognition.
We all have an important part to play in building our communities and State.
I feel rejuvenated and ready for the year ahead.
Best wishes for 2015!
10th Tasmanian Pollie Pedal
The 10th Tasmanian Pollie pedal was the best ever. We raised more than $60,000 which was a record.
Since the event started we have cycled more than 3000 km and raised nearly $500,000 to support Tasmanians with diabetes those at risk and also to promote a healthy lifestyle. The community support has been fantastic with some people just stopping us in the street offering support. Tasmania's hilly geography made it hard but all the cyclists put in a huge effort for such a great cause.
Thank you for your generous donation. It is most appreciated. The attached article from today's Mercury newspaper summarises the success of the recent Pollie pedal and outlines some of the initiatives to be funded with the donations. http://gandmmonitoring.com.au/reports/story.php?storyProfileID=13656
Once again thank you and kind regards
To read article publish in Mercury "Tassie makes the ultimate Sacrifice", click here
To read article publish in Mercury " Aboriginal war sacrifices too often forgotten" click here
I am pleased to officially welcome the 2015 National Pollie Pedal to Tasmania.
The Pollie Pedal will take in approximately 600kms of northern Tasmania over late March 2015.
In its nearly 20 years of operation, the annual charity bike ride has raised $4.2 million for Australian charities.
Around 50 riders will be taking part in this year's event, raising much needed funds for Carers Australia.
With responsibility for carers in the State Government, I look forward to participating in this event for the 12th time and raising awareness and funds for Tasmania's more than 73 000 carers, who are ably supported by Carers Tasmania.
This year's event will be launched in Burnie on March 27—coincidentally the same city where then Minister for Health Tony Abbott launched the Tasmanian Pollie Pedal in 2006.
I look forward to again participating in this great fundraiser and growing awareness of Tasmania's carers.
Media Release 20th March 2015
Harmony Day Notice of Motion 19th March 2015
Stringest Notice of Motion 19th March 2015
Community Heritage Grants 2015
Media Release Friday 27th February
Media Release 26th February 2015