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Media Release

Government sees the light on future of Macquarie Point

David O’Byrne MP, Shadow Minister for Planning. Anita Dow MP, Shadow Minister for Economic and Regional Development
• Labor negotiates for a sensible future vision for Macquarie Point
• Hobart City Council, Tasmanian Planning Commission now to have input
• Greater consultation and inclusion for community on future of key Hobart site
The Hobart City Council, the Tasmanian Planning Commission and, crucially, the Tasmanian community will finally have a say on the future plans for the prime waterfront Macquarie Point site.
Shadow Planning Minister David O’Byrne and Shadow Economic and Regional Development Minister Anita Dow said after considerable negotiation and lobbying of the Treasurer by Labor, a workable and sensible solution for the site had today been passed into legislation in the State Parliament.
“Labor has said all along that the government’s plan to leave future development approval up to the Treasurer alone was visionless and excluded the community from having a say,” Mr O’Byrne said.
“This is a once-in-century opportunity to get this right.
“If we had been left in the position of having to lock down the Hodgman Government’s original intent – abandoning the planning process and locking the Hobart City Council, the Tasmanian Planning Commission and the community out – that chance would have been lost.”
Ms Dow said greater inclusion achieved today had removed the original intention of the government to merely rubber stamp its plan for the significant Tasmanian site.
“Under the Government’s previous plan Tasmanians would not have been fully consulted and not included in a future vision for Macquarie Point – today with the passing of this legislation, that opportunity has been regained,” Ms Dow said.
“Importantly the Mona proposal to transform Macquarie Point into a cultural precinct is now firmly back on the agenda and that’s important because it’s a vision that will inspire Tasmanians and create excitement about what the site could become.
“The Speaker of the House is to be congratulated for her role in negotiating to achieve less exclusion and more inclusion in the plan.
“Although there is now more work to be done around the rail corridor and residential development on the site, this is a great outcome for Tasmanians.”

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  1. Rob Halton

    November 26, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    I wonder what is next on the agenda for the unwanted Mac Point site as I suspect that the (insult deleted) MP CEO Mary Massina has some imaginary fairy tale process to turn the land filled area into a world class cultural site for expression of the arts or some such Mona inspired (vulgar term deleted).

    As no foreign investor want this piece of land that is a bad sign for the real estate value and use of the site.

    I reckon its good for what it is as basically an industrial site behind an increasingly busy working port, with more cruise ships than ever visiting Hobart and increased commercial trade.

    What is the point in wasting money removing the Sewerage Treatment plant, no point leave it where it is.

    I can assure that the time is not far away the D>D may need to requisition parts of the site for future naval surveillance tasks as a re provisioning base to prevent poaching of fish stocks in our Southern waters by foreign vessels.

    Its now unlikely due to increasing tensions with China attempting to rule the high seas that a cooperative global Polar network dream and the removal of the Antarctic center from Kingston will ever eventuate.

    Marine engineering, naval, storage, repairs and onshore block accommodation for seagoing staff would be the best choice for the site behind a working port.

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