Brighton welcomes Abetz’s assurance on funding

BRIGHTON Council has welcomed the assurance of senior Government Senator Eric Abetz that the incoming Turnbull administration will honour the promises made by the Coalition during the election campaign.Brighton Mayor Tony Foster said the Government had promised funding of almost $2 million for worthy projects in the municipality and it was encouraging that these initiatives would now proceed.

Cr Foster said the former Lyons Member Eric Hutchinson had promised a grant of $840,000 for the Brighton Streetscape urban renewal project, $600,000 for the Cove Hill Bridge and $400,000 for the Brighton Bowls and Community Club.

“These are all important projects for Brighton and Council is also contributing dollar for dollar to these works. Hopefully we can now look forward to an early start on the projects.

“We welcomed the announcements by Mr Hutchinson and equally we welcome the assurance given by Senator Abetz.”

Speaking on ABC Radio, Senator Abetz said the Government would honour all election promises, including those in seats lost by the Liberals in Tasmania. He said the promises were made as announcements of Government policy and they would be implemented.

Cr Foster said the three projects would make a major difference in the Brighton Municipality.

“The streetscape project will revitalise the Brighton township following the opening of the Brighton Bypass on the Midland Highway and the Cove Hill Bridge project will make the road safer for motorists. We can also now step up work on the Brighton Bowls Club development to establish a real community club in the region.

“We are ready to commence work on the streetscape and bridge tender process immediately and are only waiting on the federal money.

“I look forward to early confirmation of the funding availability so that we can start work on the first two projects and undertake the detailed planning for the Bowls Club development projects,” Cr Foster said.