[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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