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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Candidate vows bid to preserve skyline [18jan06]

The Mercury: Candidate vows bid to preserve skyline [18jan06]

STATE Liberal candidate for Denison Fabian Dixon has called on the Federal Government to help preserve Hobart's skyline at Porter Hill.

He said he wants the Federal Government to help Hobart City Council to buy the land.

Mr Dixon said: "It is time to aid Hobart City Council in its efforts to maintain Hobart's beautiful vistas, historic heritage and natural environment by preserving Porter Hill.

"It is important for the residents of Hobart that they are able to keep the historic heritage of Porter Hill, the skyline and the environmental values intact."

He said Hobart council had decided to acquire the land for the people of Hobart.

Mr Dixon said the land was available to buy and if not bought Hobart may lose a valuable opportunity and the land would be built on.

Mr Dixon said he would personally lobby the Federal Government to assist with the purchase.

The chairman of Hobart City Council's finance and corporate services committee, Ald John Freeman, said the council had made an offer to buy the land but it was "not in the ball park" of what the owners were seeking.

The council had approached the Federal Government to help pay the purchase costs and was awaiting a response.

In mid-September 31ha of undeveloped land at Porter Hill, stretching from Lower Sandy Bay to Mt Nelson, was offered for sale by tender as a potential 78-lot subdivision.

The land includes the hilltop home of celebrated Tasmanian architect Desmond Dorney.

Mr Dixon said he understood the land had not been sold and also understood Hobart council was intent on attempting to buy it and would maybe put in a tender.

"It comes down to the old question, how much they can afford to pay. That's why I am making this call."

Mr Dixon said if the Federal Government contributed some money the council may be able to submit a new offer.

He would lobby the Federal Minister for Environment and Heritage, Ian Campbell, and Tasmanian Liberal senators, particularly Senator Eric Abetz.


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