Tasmania Shadow Minister for Planning Elise Archer
Govt Fails Hobart On Waterfront Development
Victor P Taffa
The Government has unveiled its third plan in six years on what to do with the railyards site on Hobart’s waterfront, according to Shadow Minister for Planning Elise Archer.
“The Government has known for years that it would need a plan to develop the site once the Brighton transport hub was complete, yet we’ve seen nothing but failed plans, half-baked ideas, and millions and millions of dollars wasted.”
“The Sullivans Cove Waterfront Authority was supposed to prepare a long-term plan, but instead was a spectacular and expensive Government failure.” Ms. Archer said.
“The proposal for a waterfront hospital was the next thought bubble from then Health Minister and current Premier Lara Giddings. That was a disaster from day one and cost Tasmanian taxpayers over $10 Million.”
“Now the Government has finally accepted that the railyards site needs a plan. This should have been done years ago, rather than at the last minute.”Ms. Archer said.
“This is symptomatic of a Government that has failed to plan for the future and instead makes it up as it goes along.”
“It also shows that we need a majority Hodgman Liberal Government to make the real reforms needed to fix the planning system, cut red tape and support business, rather than drive investment away.” Ms. Archer said.