Billion dollar boost for infrastructure
Tasmania has outlined a 'record' construction blitz to stimulate the state's economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Premier Peter Gutwein has detailed the two-year spend, which will build infrastructure worth $3.1 billion.
The state government says the package will generate more than 2,300 homes.
"An existing $20,000 grant for first homebuyers has been opened to any owner/occupier who signs a contract from today until December to build a new house," Premier Peter Gutwein said.
The money is on top of the federal scheme which provides $25,000 to eligible homebuilders or people who undertake substantial house renovations.
"There will be, for those who qualify, $45,000 available if you're going to build a home in Tasmania," Mr Gutwein said.
"There has never been a better time to build a house in Tasmania, ever."
About $100 million is going towards 1,000 new social houses, plus $24 million for 220 additional affordable dwellings.
Mr Gutwein says the overall package, which is on top of an existing $1.8 billion infrastructure plan, will support 15,000 jobs.
It includes $40 million for road upgrades next financial year and $10 million for improvements to regional health centres and ambulance facilities, while $68.5 million is going towards the Derwent Entertainment Centre's refurbishment.
The Burnie Courts in the North West will receive $15 million to deliver a court complex that will service the region into the future.
$7 million will go towards child and family learning centres.