By Patrick Avenell

DEVONPORT, TAS & SYDNEY, NSW: The Tasmanian Government has singled out Harvey Norman for praise, acknowledging the retail group’s contribution to the island state’s economy.

In a letter posted last Friday, Labor MP Brenton Best commended Harvey Norman for continuing to support Tasmania’s economy by supporting the redevelopment of home centre area in Deveonport.

“In the middle of the worst economic conditions the world has seen for decades this development is a $50 million vote of confidence in Devonport,” said Best.

“The creation of any new job is always important but 247 new direct long term retail jobs and a potential further 150 indirect jobs, at this time, is especially great news for Devonport and its surrounding communities.

“I look forward to the State Government and the Devonport City Council continuing to work together to help bring this development to fruition.”

“I would also commend Harvey Norman for its ongoing support for this important project for Tasmania.

“I understand that the Minister for Economic Development recently met with senior Harvey Norman representatives to receive a first-hand update on the project and current progress.

“Despite the difficult times, almost every day I’m talking with people who have plans for developments on the Coast and I’m also aware that there is considerable interest from other national retailers to develop or expand facilities.

“Figures released just yesterday show that compared to other states, the Tasmanian economy continues to remain robust.

“In fact, for the first time on record Tasmania now has the lowest rate of unemployment of any state.

“The Government is continuing to work very hard to implement a wide range of vital initiatives which are focussed on supporting jobs throughout the State.”