Tasmania’s Kentish region will receive almost $5 million worth of local projects thanks to Federal Liberal and Nationals Government funding.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said $3.5 million is being invested in the Railton Flood Mitigation Plan.

“The plan forms a major part of a long term strategy to protect the town of Railton from 1 in 200 year flood events,” Mr McCormack said.

“Waterway areas will be increased, a levee bank will be construction along Dowbiggin Street and both the Railway and Dowbiggin Street Bridges will be upgraded.”   

The Nationals Senator for Tasmania Steve Martin said $750,000 will also be spent on infrastructure projects within the Lake Barrington Precinct.

“The Lake Barrington Rowing Course will be upgraded to include additional parking, better amenities, improved signage, an upgraded walking track and toilets and mitigation against erosion,” Senator Martin said.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Jonathan Duniam said the Government is also investing $500,000 to upgrade Wilmot streetscape.

“Beautifying the street will help us to capitalise on the tourist trade by encouraging visitors to stop, buy a coffee and have a look around the town as they travel to Cradle Mountain,” Mr Duniam said.

“We’re also giving the Railton Bowls Club $8000 to buy a Queen Barrel lawn mower to help the ageing members and volunteers of the club to maintain the green.

“Small contributions such as this, make a huge difference to these wonderful community organisations.”

Hannah Maguire