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The Tasmanian Government is taking welcome action to try and boost the population of Tasmania. Various programs will be implemented and different forms of marketing and promotion will be put into place to attract more people to Tasmania.

As a recent article we posted on Tasmania’s unemployment rate showed, it is getting easier to find a job in Tasmania and this alone will help attract more people.

See the full story below and let us know what Tasmania needs to do to attract you to move to Tasmania. You get much smaller commutes, a better quality of life, cheaper houses, better food and wine, more time with your family – what else do you need to make the decision?

The following article is courtesy of The ABC Online.

Minister unveils $10m cash injection to ensure ‘vital’ population growth in Tas

A cash injection of $10 million has been announced to help boost Tasmania’s population growth.

Tasmania’s State Growth Minister Matthew Groom tied the delivery of health and education in the future to the need for major population growth. In June, the Minister said the state faced a “death spiral” and would be unable to support essential services if population targets were not met.

The Government has set a target of raising Tasmania’s population to 650,000 by 2050; that is an extra 4,000 people every year. Its new $10 million Population Growth Strategy focuses funding over four years in three areas; job creation, migration and liveability.

“Under current projections our current population is expected to go into decline by the middle of the century,” Mr Groom said.

“What that means in practical terms is that its harder for government to be able to deliver basic services like health and education.”

Melbourne family ‘jumped at chance’ to move

Claire and James Harris moved to Tasmania from Melbourne four months ago, with their two young daughters, Eleanor and Vivian. Mr Harris was offered a work transfer in the building industry and despite only having visited the state on holiday, the couple jumped at the chance.

“When the offer did arrive, I think we both instantly knew that it was the thing for us,” he said.

“We really needed a change … back in Melbourne we’d both drive or catch a train for an hour each day, my work is

[now] 15 minutes away so it’s five or six hours a week difference. So it’s more family time.”

The Government is keen to attract many more like the Harris family.

  • $10 million cash injection snapshot
  • $7.3 million for job creation to enable people to move to and stay in Tasmania
  • $2.55 million to pursue overseas and interstate migration
  • $727,000 to build and promote liveability

“Its largely about ensuring that we’ve got greater numbers of people of working age, of an age where they’ll be raising a family, that’s the most significant demographic component that needs a further boost,” said Mr Groom.

The Government is even planning on keeping tabs on Tasmanians who leave. A database of ex-pats across the world will be established to ensure contact can be made over time; encouraging them to return.

The Government is also in talks with the Commonwealth about attracting more skilled migrants, particularly in aquaculture, agriculture, higher education and tourism.

“We’ve got strong growth potential, so therefore there’s an opportunity to bring people in from interstate and overseas in order to ensure we’ve got the workforce to maximise our growth opportunities, ” Mr Groom said.

Multicultural focus ‘a good start’

Tasmania’s Multicultural Council welcomed the population strategy and its focus on migration and cultural inclusion. The council’s Alphonse Mulumba said it was good to see a Government not just talking about population growth but actually “walking the walk”.

“I think its a good start,” he said.

Mr Mulumba said the introduction of a Multicultural Grants program was a good example of keeping migrants in Tasmania, which is seen as a major challenge.

“That will help communities to build their own capacities.” he said.

“If we get to the point where communities can build their own capacities, run their own services, run their own English classes and do other amazing things without needing to run to other service providers then we’ve got them to stay here.”

 

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