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The Hodgman Liberal Government is getting on with the job of delivering our long-term plan for Tasmanians and giving them the healthcare they deserve.

As per our 100 day plan, developmental work to construct the 10 new mental health beds at Mistral Place has now commenced with preliminary planning and consultation underway with key stakeholders.

Mental health is a key priority of the Hodgman Government, which is why we are committed to investing $95 million additional funding to deliver more beds and provide better mental health services for Tasmanians.

The Chief Psychiatrist is leading this work and all key stakeholders will be consulted through all stages.

It’s another marker reached in our 100 day plan and demonstrates the benefits of getting the budget back into balance so we can invest even more into essential services such as mental health.

Elise Archer, Acting Minister for Health 


Sarah Lovell has clearly been on holidays when it comes to health.

Cabinet approved the fast-tracking of the dedicated Health Recruitment, Retention and Workforce Planning Unit on the 22nd of March, 2018 which is well within the first 30 days of Government.

The position of permanent Director of the Unit will be advertised nationally tomorrow.

As for the Clinical Planning Taskforce, the Department has finalised its Terms of Reference and there has been a Project Lead appointed.  The Secretary has and continues to consult right across the State, including recently with the RHH Medical Staff Association.

Only the Hodgman Liberal Government has a long term plan for health which was endorsed by the Tasmanian people at the State election.

In contrast, Labor leader Rebecca White dumped the shadow health portfolio at her first opportunity following the election.


The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) Children’s Festival opens today showcasing the creative energy of children through art, science, sound and movement activities.

Over the next six days, TMAG will offer a range of special events, displays, performances and programs produced for and by children, all with the festival theme in mind – ‘CREATE!’

This year, a special feature will see TMAG staying open until 8:00pm for the Da-Da Dance Party on Friday night.

Young visitors are encouraged to dress-up as their favourite artist, performer or inventor and bring their families along.

The success of the Children’s Festival over the past two years demonstrates the museum’s ability to create strong connections with key audiences such as children and families.

The Hodgman Liberal Government’s $1 million commitment to build a permanent children’s exhibition at TMAG will further encourage the growth of Tasmania’s vibrant cultural and creative industry.

The Children’s Festival runs from Tuesday, 17 April until Sunday, 22 April 2018.

For further information on the festival, please visit: http://www.tmag.tas.gov.au/childrensfestival.

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts


Tasmania’s art scene will receive a $260 000 injection to support high-quality, youth-focused, art experiences and activities across the State.

The program will be delivered through Arts Tasmania and aims to support and invigorate the State’s youth arts and screen sector, while providing professional development for young artists.

Nine organisations will receive funding to develop and deliver creative content, including:

• The Unconformity Inc. will run storytelling and visual arts workshops for young people living in communities along Tasmania’s west coast, which build and develop skills while fostering a sense of community pride;

• Mast Films Pty Ltd will establish a cross-cultural community development project where refugees, new arrivals, and young people born and/or raised in Australia will create an original web-series;

• The Folk Federation of Tasmania Inc. will run an after-school youth music program in Triabunna, Youth Songmaking Sessions, which focuses on personal learning needs and opportunities, and culminates in a showcase concert;

• The Tasmanian Youth Orchestra will introduce a chamber music program, supporting the development of 24 young musicians through high-quality active arts engagement.

The funding forms part of the Tasmanian Government’s $1.44 million investment for Tasmania’s first Youth Arts Program, to be delivered over four years.

For a full list of successful applicants, please visit http://www.arts.tas.gov.au/funding_decisions

For further information on the Youth Arts (Organisations) Program, please visit http://www.arts.tas.gov.au/youth_arts_organisations.



I am delighted that the Hodgman Liberal Government will contribute $40 000 to fund a number of exciting Youth Week events across the State.

This week is about encouraging young people to express their ideas, views and creativity while acting on issues that affect their futures.

Thirteen successful Tasmanian programs will receive grants to run events and activities that aim to inspire our youth.

I want to thank everyone at the Youth Network of Tasmania for ensuring our young people have the best opportunities and experiences.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to supporting the development of our youth.

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts


Thanks to the joint efforts of the State Government, CSIRO and a number of key conservation organisations, one of the world’s rarest marine creatures, the Spotted Handfish, has been given a lifeline.

The unique fish prefers to walk on its ‘hands’ rather than swim and has been listed as critically endangered since 1996.

It is one of the few species that has survived totally unchanged since dinosaurs roamed the Earth and has unique identifying spot patterns that allow growth and movement of individuals to be tracked.

I congratulate Seahorse World at Beauty Point for its hard work to create the world’s first display of a captive breeding program of this species.

Elise Archer, Minister for Environment 

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