Regional communities are the heart and soul of Tasmania.
Whether you live in Sheffield or Sorell, Bridgewater or Bicheno, the wide open spaces, safe streets and friendly neighbours you find in small towns and local communities make them great places to raise families.
I want regional communities to thrive. I have the energy and vigour to drive growth for regional Tasmania.
Now more than ever, people throughout Lyons need job security, better transport – more buses and better roads – and better access to services.
I want parents to raise their children secure in the knowledge there is a future for their community.
We must work harder to support our towns’ small businesses and our farmers who are the lifeblood of regional Tasmania.
It is important that Tasmania continues with improvements to water infrastructure with the aim of making Tasmania Australia’s food bowl.
This is a program I fully support. It offers great opportunity for communities throughout Lyons.
The rollout of the NBN will help connect us to the world and provide new ways for communities to engage with Government, private enterprise and each other.
As someone born in Lyons and raised on my parents’ farm ‘Redbanks’ in Nugent I know the issues that confront regional Tasmania.
I have built my own home in the electorate and have a personal stake in ensuring the concerns of country people are heard, listened to and acted upon down in Hobart.
As we await the publication of the ‘white paper draft exposure’ on health reform we have been told by the Minister for Health, Michael Ferguson, that there will be news in the white paper that some people won’t like.
Change is difficult at the best of times but health reform in Tasmania is happening at the same time the Liberal Government is slashing $210 million from the health system, shutting beds and removing staff from key services.Read more...
The power of community advocacy has once again been demonstrated after growing concern that Tasmanians living on the East Coast would miss out on a visit from the BreastScreen Mobile Unit. The mobile unit provides free vital breast cancer screening services to women across the state.
Over the last few months the East Coast community, the Council and I have put pressure on the Minister for Health to request that the BreastScreen Mobile Unit visit St Marys & Bicheno. Minister Ferguson recently announced in parliament that the Liberal Government had a change of heart and the unit’s visit to St Marys and Bicheno would be restored. This is great outcome for the community and once again demonstrates the power of a community working together to achieve a common goal.
Recently 29 women in St Marys have been treated for breast cancer and there is clear evidence that shows that early detection will save lives. Women in regional Tasmania should not miss out on these vital services.
The Breast Screen Mobile Unit will now visit Swansea (13th - 17th April), Bicheno (20th – 24th April), St Helens (11th May – 26th May) and St Marys (27th – 29th May). To make a booking call 13 20 50.