Job creating and job enabling infrastructure

The Property Council today acknowledged national figures relating to unemployment levels and potential mortgage stress.

In the wake of these figures Tasmanian Executive Director Brian Wightman reiterated the importance of job enabling and job creating projects particularly in the north of the state.

"Job creation is the number one advocacy priority for the Property Council of Australia.

“Investment drives confidence and delivers increased employment opportunities.

"Political and community leaders must remain cognisant of the role they can play in delivering investment enabling infrastructure which will allow families to secure their futures in our state.

Mr Wightman highlighted the importance of property to the Tasmanian economy.

“Property creates approximately 30,000 direct and indirect jobs in Tasmania, contributing $869 million in wages.

“Property Council members are leading the way, creating jobs and investing strategically in our state’s future,” he said

Mr Wightman nominated significant projects in the north of the state with potential to create jobs.

"The UTAS relocation remains critical for northern Tasmania with the $150 million investment a once in a generation opportunity to increase confidence and deliver further investment.

"We must ensure that it begins as soon as practicably possible.

"Further, the Property Council has long maintained that a significant investment in water and sewerage infrastructure would be both job creating, and job enabling into the future.

"The current climate provides an excellent opportunity to bring all levels of Government together to deliver critical infrastructure which will facilitate continuous economic growth," he said.

Mr Wightman again congratulated the State Government for its commitment to the Tasmanian Planning Scheme and a significant reduction in red and green tape, initiatives aimed squarely at attracting investment.