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1,000 TasWater jobs works claim

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Tasmania's Treasurer claims fast-tracking TasWater's infrastructure upgrades will create a jobs bonanza.

Peter Gutwein announced last month his plan to see the government take over the water and sewerage utility, halving the current 10-year timeline for its works program.

"Bringing forward this significant investment in infrastructure will be a huge shot in the arm for the Tasmanian economy, creating around 1,000 new jobs for Tasmanians over five years," he said today.

"The construction industry has long called for a steady pipeline of projects and this will deliver exactly that. Bringing forward these projects will create opportunities for the construction and engineering sectors across the State."

The Treasurer is to meet with councils at next month's Local Government Association of Tasmania meeting and has been asked to provide more detail on how a takeover will expedite the upgrades.

Labor's Madeline Ogilvie said his approach is wrong, saying the party "is listening while the Treasurer thinks he knows best.

“Labor’s policy addresses the crucial storm water issues in Launceston, the Macquarie Point development and Cameron Bay for Mona stage 2.

“These three projects are not even on the Government’s radar," Ms Ogilvie said.

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