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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Two Year Extension for Taste of Tasmania Site -

Two Year Extension for Taste of Tasmania Site - Michael Aird, MLC - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Government Leader in the Legislative Council Michael Aird today confirmed that the Taste of Tasmania?s future was secure at its current location for at least an extra two years.

Mr Aird, representing the Premier on Hobart waterfront matters, congratulated a recent agreement between the Hobart Ports Corporation, the Sullivans Cove Waterfront Authority and Hobart City Council paving the way for the Taste?s future.

He said the agreement would ensure the Taste remained at Princes Wharf until at least 2007-08 while other options were considered, in light of the well-accepted need to appropriately develop the Hobart waterfront precinct.

?It?s good to see that commonsense has prevailed here and we have an outcome that is in the interests of both the community and of sensible development on our iconic waterfront,? Mr Aird said.

?The State Government is committed to helping nurture and develop the Taste and it has no interest in seeing this great community event moved from the Hobart waterfront area.

?However, we have to accept Princes Wharf is a prime site for redevelopment that can benefit the whole community and, therefore, it may not be feasible for it to remain the Taste?s host in the longer term.

?The agreement that?s been reached allows us to keep planning for the future of the Hobart waterfront and gives the Taste?s organisers added certainty.

Mr Aird said it was refreshing to see a coordinated approach between the Hobart Ports Corporation, Sullivans Cove Waterfront Authority and Hobart City Council.

He said the Ports Corporation deserved congratulations for its far-sighted initiative to create a wider and safer pedestrian route along the waterfront, while still allowing reasonable parking access.

The Government, as owner of the Princes Wharf site, has allowed the Ports Corporation to lodge a planning application for temporary car parking on the site while new, privately-owned parking facilities are developed away from the heart of Sullivans Cove.

Mr Aird emphasised that the arrangements were temporary in nature, allowing a two-year window to resolve the future of the key Princes Wharf site.


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