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Chip pile ... or something like this: the Supertree garden in Singapore that I admire ...

Insanity : doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results Albert Einstein

Tasmania’s tourism credibility remains in limbo while the State Liberals vacillate over the compulsory acquisition of the Triabunna Mill site, or the location of another woodchip export facility on Hobart’s waterfront.

With déjà vu in true tedious familiarity, our visionless elected representatives just can’t relinquish their obsession to create more piles of chips and logs they really can’t market beyond a subsidised loss. And yes, it seems they may go to arms length in consistency by defacing the city’s waterfront with yet another taxpayer-burdened eyesore!

Coincidently a debate has arisen about the need to construct a globally recognised iconic feature at Hobart’s rail yard site that would be a major drawcard to the likes of Sydney’s Harbour, Spain’s Guggenheim, France’s Puy Du Fou or Singapore’s garden art.

What is desperately needed is a touch of creative genius and a world-class architect to revitalise our outdated and under-utilised waterfront.

If we can’t change the myopic mindset of our leaders through rational economics then the Tasmanian public needs to take the initiative.

I believe this is manifesting right now, and is long overdue.

• Kim Booth, Greens Leader: Tourism, Business Sector Support for Triabunna Proposal Isolates Liberals

Media Release

The state’s tourism and business sectors are growing increasingly concerned about the damage being done to investor confidence due to the Liberal government’s refusal to rule out compulsory acquisition of the Triabunna wharf, Greens Leader Kim Booth MP said today.

“The public support from east coast and state tourism leaders for the Spring Bay Mill proposal further highlights how out of touch and draconian the Hodgman government’s threat to compulsory acquire the wharf site is,” Mr Booth said.

“Local East Coast tourism organisations, and other key state stakeholders such as the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania (TICT), have clearly recognised the huge potential presented by the $50 million Spring Bay Mill proposal.

“The Liberals cannot keep bleating that the Spring Bay Mill proposal is all some “ greenie plot”, when key business stakeholders are coming out, publicly backing the proposal and urging the swift lodging of its Development Application.

“Nor can the Hodgman regime remain deaf to the growing concerned rumblings from within the private sector of the damage to investment confidence that this spectre of compulsory acquisition is causing.

“The Premier is looking increasingly isolated and disconnected from reality over this issue.

“Mr Hodgman has told the world that he is coveting Mr Wood’s property, yet incredibly, despite a $50 million investment with 200 jobs, he won’t talk to the owner.

“This is a chilling message to all Tasmanian property owners that look out, the Liberals have your land in their sights.

“It is also ironic when the Liberal Party, the so-called free market advocates, has to be reminded by some of its key business supporters that compulsory acquisition of this nature undermines the confidence of the private sector.

“Come on, Mr Hodgman.  Do the responsible thing, rule out compulsory acquisition of this site, prove that Tasmania is indeed open for business and invest in restoring business confidence,” Mr Booth said.


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