Glenorchy Community to Benefit from Funding Announced in the Federal Budget

The Glenorchy community will receive significant investment in the coming years as announced last night in the Federal Budget.

Glenorchy Mayor Bec Thomas said she was pleased to see funding commitments for a range of projects including the expansion of the Derwent River Ferry Service, investment in playgrounds, a commercial kitchen at the Multicultural Hub and the upgrade of Nyrstar’s zinc smelter.

“As a growing and vibrant City, we welcome the funding to enhance recreation, transport and business opportunities and services for our community,” Mayor Thomas said.

As one of the world’s largest zinc plants in terms of production volume, Nyrstar Hobart has been part of the Glenorchy and greater Hobart community for over 100 years.

“It’s great to see $50M in the Federal Budget to support the $400M upgrade of the smelter, which is such a significant contributor to Tasmania’s mineral processing industry and export sector and a significant employer in our community,” Mayor Thomas said.

The commitment of $20M for a ferry service through the Hobart City Deal partnership is also a welcome investment for the City.

“One of the key points of the Hobart City Deal is to implement changes to our transport system to meet the demands of the Greater Hobart Community,” Mayor Thomas said. 

“The ferry service is an integral part of this to ensure that we have the infrastructure needed for the future.”

Other announcements included funding of $1.5M for the replacement of play equipment and $100,000 for a commercial kitchen at the Moonah Multicultural Hub.

“Play spaces are very important to our community, and our current play infrastructure is ageing,” Mayor Thomas said.

“The funding commitment will assist in the implementation of Council’s Playspace Strategy to enable the upgrade of playgrounds throughout the municipality for the benefit of young people and families.

“With over one in five of our 51,000 residents born overseas, the addition of a commercial kitchen at the Multicultural Hub will increase the viability of the facility and enable additional opportunities for our multicultural community.

“Council is looking forward to working in partnership with the federal government and stakeholders involved in these exciting projects that contribute to our diverse and well-connected Glenorchy community.”