David Bartlett, MP
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Media Release: Tasmania Together - Launch of 10-Year Review
The Premier, David Bartlett, today sent the Tasmania Together plan back to the community, so it can best reflect Tasmanians’ values and priorities.
Mr Bartlett has officially launched the Tasmania Together Progress Board’s 10-year review process, involving a fresh round of close community consultation.
“Tasmania Together is the community’s 20-year plan for our future. It outlines what Tasmanians want for ourselves, and for our children, by 2020,” Mr Bartlett said.
“Time doesn’t stand still, and neither do people’s values, goals and concerns.
“To stay relevant, and keep improving Tasmanians lives, Tasmania Together needs to move with the times, and adapt to new priorities.
“That’s why it’s reviewed and updated every five years – to ensure we put the interests and wishes of Tasmanians at the heart of everything we do,” he said.
The Premier has urged as many Tasmanians as possible to participate in the 10-year review.
“While I am very pleased to officially launch the review, it’s important to remember that Tasmania Together is not a government plan,” Mr Bartlett said.
“It belongs to the community, and it’s crucial for the community to let the Progress Board know what’s important to them now, and in the future,” he said.
The State Government is contributing $180,000 towards the 10-year review.
Mr Bartlett has committed the Government to doing all it can to achieve the community’s vision by 2020.
“The recent 2010 Progress Report showed more than half of the Tasmania Together benchmarks are either achieving their targets or making progress,” he said.
“That’s a solid result at the half-way mark.
“But we still have plenty of work to do, given that a quarter of the benchmarks have gone backwards.
“Tasmania Together is a real opportunity for Tasmanians to put forward innovative and practical ideas to strengthen and enrich our community.
“It’s all about Tasmanians owning their own democracy, and actively participating, to help drive better results in health, education, jobs and the environment.
“In particular, I want an even better reporting system, which gives Tasmanians the best up-to-date information on key services in their local community.
“I’d encourage all Tasmanians to get along to a forum, complete a questionnaire, or go online and make a submission,” he said.
To find out more about the 10-Year Review of Tasmania Together, and how to get involved, visit www.tasmaniatogether.com.au
Further information: Tasmanian Government Communications Unit
Phone: (03) 6233 6573