.comment-link {margin-left:.6em;}

all things tasmanian

food - wine - wilderness - culture - art - craft - accommodation - tourism - events - attractions - politics - green things - development - economy - social - mary mania -industry - news - happenings - people - weather - nature - history - creatives - thinkers - science - innovators ... et al ... and the list goes on ... & on ... anon ... in this timeless island


Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Council's plea for venue [04jan06]

Council's plea for venue

TASTE of Tasmania organisers pleaded with the State Government yesterday to guarantee the event's future by making its present location its home.

The State Government has committed the Princes Wharf site to the Taste for just two more years.

The site is being considered as part of the Sullivans Cove Waterfront Authority's masterplan -- due for release in the middle of this year -- for the future of the waterfront.

Hobart Lord Mayor Rob Valentine said there were very few places on Hobart's waterfront where the Taste could operate successfully.

"Council's preference is for the shed and ask that it remain the home of the Taste," he said.

Hobart City Council festivals committee chairman Eric Hayes said: "The preservation and improvement of the Taste is crucially important to the wellbeing and happiness of Tasmanians in the summer."

Ald Valentine said the council had commissioned a study to examine the practicality of staging the Taste if its current location was modified or reduced or became unavailable, and whether it was possible to relocate it.

The study would also examine the impact on the Hobart Summer Festival if the Taste could not take place at Princes Wharf, or if it was moved in its current form.

"The council's consideration is that it should be inside this shed. What we're doing the study for is to cover our bases in the event the Government, who owns the shed, chooses not to let us stay here," Ald Valentine said. "We plead with the Government to really give that careful consideration."

He said the council should have the results of the study in a few months and hoped to use them in its discussions with the Government.

"We understand the waterfront's got to be looked at in terms of development and the like, but let's make sure that we don't damage those really good events that are happening in favour of what might be the future of the waterfront," Ald Valentine said.

Ald Hayes said: "People want it, people demand it, it's their festival, it's their waterfront, they want to be here."

State Government MLC Michael Aird, who has responsibility for restructuring Hobart's waterfront, said the Government was committed to ensuring the Taste remained at Princes Wharf until at least 2007-08, "while other options are considered, in light of the well-accepted need to appropriately develop the Hobart waterfront precinct


Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home