Yearly Archives: 2020


Oatlands Destination Playground a big hit with local kids

Families with young children in Oatlands and surrounds will get much enjoyment and play-time from the new Oatlands Destination Playground, which was officially opened today. Liberal Senator for Tasmania, Claire Chandler said the new playground had opened just in time for the coming summer school holiday period. “The project has replaced the outdated play equipment and existing BBQ amenities at Callington park to revitalise the area as a great [...]

By |2020-12-14T05:50:02+00:00December 14th, 2020|

SENATE SPEECH: Keira Bell case

Last week in the United Kingdom, a momentous judgement with international implications was handed down by the High Court. The court found in favour of the arguments put forward by the mother of a child with gender dysphoria and Keira Bell, a brave 23-year-old woman who had at 16 been prescribed puberty blockers after three short appointments with the Tavistock youth gender clinic. The judges in this case observed [...]

By |2020-12-09T21:47:00+00:00December 9th, 2020|

New facilities for students at St Brigid’s Catholic School

St Brigid's Catholic School in New Norfolk will benefit from the refurbishment and redevelopment of classrooms, staff accommodation and administration areas thanks to a Coalition Government grant. Liberal Senator for Tasmania, Claire Chandler said St Brigid’s was the successful recipient of $400,000 through the Capital Grants Program, which provides funding for non-government schools to improve capital infrastructure. “Students and staff at St Brigid's Catholic School will benefit from the [...]

By |2020-12-09T05:27:53+00:00November 27th, 2020|

Next round of Mobile Black Spot Program now open

Round 5A of the Australian Government’s $380 million Mobile Black Spot Program is now open for applications, and regional communities in Tasmania are encouraged to apply. Liberal Senator for Tasmania, Claire Chandler said the new round would build on the Morrison Coalition Government’s continuing commitment to expand mobile coverage in regional areas across Tasmania. “Round 5A of the program will have a specific focus on improving mobile coverage along [...]

By |2020-12-09T05:38:18+00:00November 23rd, 2020|

Evandale Main Road Project receives funding boost

The Australian Government has unlocked federal funding to the tune of $13.38 million to duplicate Evandale Main Road between Launceston Airport and Breadalbane Roundabout. Liberal Senator for Tasmania, Claire Chandler, has announced the Morrison Government’s commitment to this important upgrade for drivers in Northern Tasmania. “As well as duplicating 1.8 kilometres of the Evandale Main Road, this funding will also accelerate upgrades for key intersections and deliver a range of [...]

By |2020-12-09T05:35:51+00:00November 23rd, 2020|

Upgraded Dolphin Sands Shared Pathway

Cyclists, motorists and pedestrians will all benefit from the upgraded Dolphin Sands Shared Pathway, which has recently been completed. Liberal Senator for Tasmania Claire Chandler said the $1 million project was funded under the Morrison Government’s Community Development Grants Programme. “The upgraded roadway has delivered a safer environment for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists who all use the busy road, and provides the necessary 1.5 metre clearance between passing bikes [...]

By |2020-12-09T05:46:03+00:00November 19th, 2020|

Georges Bay Foreshore Multi-User Track officially open

The extended Georges Bay Foreshore Multi-user track at St Helens has improved accessibility for locals and visitors to enjoy the beauty of the coastal town. The $2.1 million project was fully funded by the Australian Government through the Community Development Grants Programme. Liberal Senator for Tasmania Claire Chandler today officially opened the new track, which she said enhances the already strong appeal of the coastal town as one of [...]

By |2020-12-09T05:41:53+00:00November 19th, 2020|

Funding secured for Tasman Highway causeways

With the Australian Government committing $150 million and the Tasmanian Government adding an additional $37 million, the duplication of the Tasman Highway causeways and McGees Bridge is now fully funded. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said following this announcement, preliminary works are expected to start in the coming weeks, with major construction on the first component due to begin in early [...]

By |2020-12-09T05:55:37+00:00November 17th, 2020|

New foot bridges for Chauncy Vale

Visitors to the Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary in Bagdad will have better access to the site thanks to two new pedestrian bridges, which were officially opened today. Liberal Senator for Tasmania, Claire Chandler said the project would enable more people to safely access and enjoy the walking trails at the wildlife sanctuary. “Two concrete foot bridges were constructed across the Brown’s Cave Rivulet thanks to funding provided through the [...]

By |2020-12-09T05:58:37+00:00November 16th, 2020|

OPINION PIECE: Tasmanians still in legal limbo over what we can say

Yesterday Rodney Croome took to the pages of the Mercury to put his view that Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination laws are “fantastic”. Today, I respond with my arguments that they are an unacceptable imposition on free speech. What a great example of the exchange of alternative viewpoints in a democracy! Unfortunately, a much less perfect example of free democratic debate occurred last time I had an article published in these pages. [...]

By |2020-10-30T00:56:32+00:00October 30th, 2020|
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