The State Government will consider setting up a helpline for Tasmanians stranded overseas.
In State Parliament, Independent member for Clark Madeleine Ogilvie asked Premier Peter Gutwein if a helpline could be set up similar to the Business Tasmania hotline and Public Health hotlines.
“I know we are all doing our best to support our community members to get home but we can do more and do better,” she said.
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Mr Gutwein said he would speak with the Department of Premier and Cabinet about a single point of contact for Tasmanian families.
“I know we get a number who come directly through either my office or through the DPAC website but I will speak with them about what we might be able to do to make access easier,” he said.
Ms Ogilvie also told Parliament that a Tasmanian family, the Riseley’s, who were stranded overseas were on their way home.
“It has been a long and stressful time for Mr and Mrs Riseley and their young son, who have been stuck in the Philippines trying to get home since April,” Ms Ogilvie said.
“I have been in regular contact with the Riseley family and I know the toll it has taken on them.
“I was so pleased when I heard from them to say they were on a flight on the way home.
“This has been a massive effort and the Premier’s team has been very helpful.”
She said she was aware of many other Tasmanian families who were stuck overseas.
“I am pleased that today in Parliament the Premier committed to looking into a single point of contact to support other Tasmanians who stranded overseas, and are faced with the current confusing and nebulous process when they are seeking help,” Ms Ogilvie said.
“This commitment will provide hope to many people who are overseas and feeling stressed, desperate and anxious.”