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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Media Release

City Deal must have new funds and light rail

In Question Time today I asked the Prime Minister if the Hobart City Deal would include additional funding, beyond the already-announced Bridgewater Bridge, and if it would include light rail.

I was disappointed that neither the Prime Minister nor Minister for Cities Alan Tudge would commit to either. I did however speak personally to Mr Tudge afterwards and, while he still wouldn’t be drawn on the final content of the Deal, he did acknowledge that some measures such as the redevelopment of Macquarie Point would cost money.

I’m pleased that the City Deal timeline is still on track to be finalised hopefully this year or at least before the next election, but it must not be just a re-announcement of a bridge with no new Commonwealth funds for anything else. It also must include light rail which is crucial to solving greater Hobart’s traffic problems.

The greater Hobart community expect this City Deal to be done properly which is why I will continue to use every opportunity to raise these issues personally with the Prime Minister.



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  1. Rob Halton

    November 28, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    Andrew, I wish that you would not continue with this NSLR mantra as the urgent transport needs are linking the city or in fact beyond the city to bypass unnecessary traffic coming from the rapidly expanding regions to the south of Hobart that would be better off bypassing the city.

    I recently attended a Light rail meeting in Moonah where Sue Hickey was Guest Speaker and read to the attendees a letter in some detail on the above.
    Of cause their was no applause but Ms Hickey keenly accepted a copy of my letter, with the indication that there are impending priorities on the Southern Outlet.

    When she mentioned the City Deal to the audience then I pointed out that a study for a bypass or a tunnel was required despite bus and taxi priority lanes being planned for peak hour traffic along the Southern Outlet by the hodgman government only as interim measures.

    I made it clear at that meeting that I would only support a NSLR connection when the core population along the rail route grows significantly and then only if the line is ultimately ending up at growing population centres like Brighton and not dead ending at Granton.

    Another priority is to do something on the Eastern shore with population growth is on the rise and the Eastern outlet is becoming choked. there needs to be improved and rapid access to utilise the Bowen Bridge to cope with the overload occuring on the Tasman bridge during peak hours.

    I ask Andrew Wilkie to read into this matter beyond the political speel over NSLR.

  2. Rob Halton

    November 27, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    NSLR, absolutely not a complete waste of time money and effort. Look at again in five years time ensuring there is suitable access across the Derwent river and would only be viable if the rail goes as far as Brighton.

    The priorities lie with better road links from the Southern region via a bypass road from the Southern Outlet and from the Eastern Shore linking across both the Tasman and Bowen bridge to the Western shore and beyond to the Midland Highway.

    The area South of Hobart is the fastest growing region by a long shot followed by the Eastern shore/ Sorell followed by Brighton, unfortunately the Derwent Valley hardly scores at all. So NSLR ending at Granton is a dud.

    It all about servicing the fastest growing regions with better road transport and bus services.

    A candidate for Nelson “jigger ma tut”, cant think of his name off hand Richard somebody I think recently made a suggestion of peak hour free Metro buses during peak hours from kingston to the city, I fully agree but it will require freed up bus lanes, by all means trial it but in the long run an expensive road Bypass will be required to link the entire fast growing region south of Hobart to Greater Hobart and the rest of the state.

    I have personally asked the Liberal member for Denison Sue Hickey to include a study into the roading requirements for the Southern region beyond Will Hodgman’s “extra Bus lane manouvre ,what ever that means either new construction or fiddling with temporary closure of car lanes, as a part of the Hobart City deal especially as the liberal government want population growth to occur in the south of the state.

    Attracting new residents to the “broadened” Greater Hobert region would require attractive locations with views with access to the city for services and cultural inspiration, at this point in time NSLR running along the Derwent Park route towards Glenorchy is only suitable for low income housing and definitely not recommended for new residents.

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