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.