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.”