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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

Liberals all spin no substance on Tasmania’s City Deal

• Tasmanians want tangible action – not more talk – around key infrastructure issues
• Lack of detail on congestion condemns Hobart to years of traffic chaos
• Tudge sneaks into town, hides from Tasmanians, leaves behind no detail
Tasmanians want tangible outcomes, not more talk, on the long-discussed City Deal for Hobart after the Morrison Government’s Cities Minister breezed in and out of the state today but announced exactly nothing.
Shadow Infrastructure Minister David O’Byrne said it was time for action from the Morrison and Hodgman Governments, particularly after major regional funding announcements for Geelong and the Gold Coast over the past fortnight but nothing for Tasmania.
“The Cities Minister Alan Tudge essentially snuck into town today with precious little detail about what plans – if any – are being discussed for Tasmania,” Mr O’Byrne said.
“Tasmanians deserve to know if crucial issues like public transport and traffic congestion were discussed and what solutions – if any – the Morrison and Hodgman Governments have.
“Clearly something is afoot but there has been no detail released about crucial future infrastructure funding for Tasmania.
“What are their plans for addressing increasing traffic congestion and a lack of public transport?
“What are their plans to investigate reopening the northern suburbs rail corridor?
“Is there a plan to address the housing crisis and a lack of public housing?
“What is the plan for Macquarie Point when Peter Gutwein is trying to ram through legislation which essentially seeks to remove Hobart City Council from the planning process?
“Will the government push ahead with plans to move the Antarctic Division from Kingston – a plan which will bring more traffic into the city?
“The fact is these challenges are not going away. The fact is Tasmanians deserve more detail and unless we see more substance on critical issues like congestion, Hobart motorists will be assigned another decade of traffic chaos.
“The fact is Tasmania continues to get a raw deal at the same time the Morrison Government has in the past two weeks announced major infrastructure funding for other regions like Geelong and the Gold Coast.”

David O’Byrne is Shadow Infrastructure Minister

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  1. Tony Stone

    November 9, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    It always amazes me as to how each political party places blame upon the other – when they are no different to each other. They’ve had many decades to get things right for the future, but all parties have failed .. and will continue to fail.

    Rob, clearly you have not ventured overseas where public transport is the key to removing congestion in many small cities, and light electric rail is one such.

    However, this is the 21st century and we need a different approach, for example light rail using the current corridor north, and bringing passengers and goods to central Hobart is the answer. We should be putting a transport hub on the old rail yards and cover it over with parks and entertainment precincts .. not hotels or other rubbish.

    Delivery of goods around Hobart would be carried out by smaller electric trucks, and from this hub we should have public electric transport traversing all suburbs. We should also ban registered tourist vehicles from the city and trucks.

    We don’t need a tunnel or more highways. We need commonsense small, cheap electric public transport which would include vehicles carrying a small number of people. These vehicles could have depots around the city for easy access. If we made them in Tasmania we would create new industry, jobs and reduced costs to the public.

    Hobart was, until a few years ago, a very livable city, but now it is getting more like the congested polluted junk boxes we see in Aus and overseas. The major way to stop this growing congestion is to stop population growth into all of Tasmania before it turns us into another basket case like we see in most countries and cities today, both big and small.

    Sadly, we will never see anything of worth from the political system until we change it, and the only way to do that and be successful is to hand power directly to the people. Nothing else will, or can, work in this century. Most people are yet to understand this, but the 21st century is the century of responsibility, and if we don’t take responsibility for our footprint on the planet we will become extinct well before we reach half way through this century.

  2. Rob Halton

    November 9, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Congestion in the city can only be solved by a major investment in a tunnel under the city, or preferably a bypass behind the city leading towards the western suburbs and the Midland Highway.

    Hobart will never be what is to be classed as a “liveable city” in a true sense, until much of increasing (and unnecessary) vehicular traffic passing though the city has an alternative.

    It’s pointless to grow the city without providing suitable roading infrastructure.

    Talk of Light Rail is of no use without substantial population increases west of the city, and that is unlikely to happen in a linear sense.

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