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Warped Liberal Politics Put MONA’s Macquarie Point Vision at Risk

The Tasmanian Greens welcome the vision within the MONA Macquarie Point cultural plan, and the focus on Truth and Reconciliation. That level of recognition of the impact of colonisation on Aboriginal culture is an important step towards the State’s healing.

However, the Liberal Government’s warped priorities and petty politics risk the success of what could become an important national tourism site.

Matthew Groom’s support for the MONA plan follows one day after his government revealed it also intends to export native wood chips and logs from Macquarie Wharf. There is no sense putting a divisive native wood export site right next to a cultural tourism precinct.

The Liberals can’t have it both ways. They can’t restart forest conflict to satisfy their own cynical election focus, and have an enduring vision for Tasmania’s future.

People come to Tasmania because of its wilderness, culture and green brand. Visitors won’t want to walk past an 8m high pile of native forest logs – evidence of the destruction of high conservation value, threatened species’ habitat.

This is the conflict Will Hodgman and his Liberal colleagues are deliberately inflaming. Neither visitors nor locals want to be caught up in the old divisions of Tasmania’s past.

If the Premier wants the exciting, world-class vision MONA have proposed for Macquarie Point to succeed, he needs to walk away from his self-made forest conflict. It will only blot Tasmania’s tourism brand to the world.
Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens’ Environment spokesperson

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  1. Robin Charles Halton

    December 12, 2016 at 12:53 am

    The plan reduces too much of the footprint of Macquarie Point for the sake of leisure and entertainment.

    There is no way the Feds are going to blow up to $2M on the vision of two actors, Walsh and Carmichael. Mona/Mofo is their scene.

    Retention of the ability for the Hobart Port Authority to function overrides any of the fantasy land ventures that must remain outside the commercial zone in any proper plan.

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