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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Alderman pushes waterfront vision [05jan06]

Alderman pushes waterfront vision [05jan06]

THE public does not want the Hobart waterfront to be developed, says a Hobart alderman.

Ald Marti Zucco said yesterday he believed the public would prefer an area of the waterfront to be set aside for people to enjoy.

He was commenting on a statement this week by Labor MLC Michael Aird, who has State Government responsibility for restructuring Hobart's waterfront, who said options for the Princes Wharf site were to be considered "in light of the well-accepted need to appropriately develop the Hobart waterfront precinct".

At least one State Government minister has suggested the Taste of Tasmania, now held in the Princes Wharf No. 1 shed, could be held elsewhere in a large marquee.

But Ald Zucco said strong winds on the last day of the Taste on Tuesday closed the large marquee at the CSIRO end of the building.

"Where could you put a tent big enough to hold it?" he said.

"You could only put it near the Hobart Cenotaph [on the regatta grounds] and how strong would the winds be there?"

Ald Zucco called for an announcement from Tasmanian Premier Paul Lennon that the Princes Wharf shed site would stay in public ownership and not be sold for private development.

"The Taste of Tasmania speaks for itself and the Taste just finished has been one of the most successful," he said.

Ald Zucco said the Australian Hotels Association backed his proposal for a public redevelopment of Princes Wharf.

Ald Zucco's plan, released in October, would see the ground floor of the wharf shed as a multi-purpose area to be used for events, exhibitions and conventions and development of prime office space on a second level.

Between the Princes Wharf No. 1 and 2 sheds he proposed a two-level glass atrium as the passenger access point for cruise ships, and a cafe-restaurant and bar in the landing area


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