Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Infrastructure spokesperson
The Greens have long argued the projected cost of the Bridgewater Bridge replacement is far too high, and that public funds would be better spent on a less expensive bridge fix and activating the rail line to the northern suburbs.
To spend more than half a billion dollars on an over-engineered replacement for the Bridgewater Bridge would be a reckless misuse of taxpayer funds.
While we question the $1.4 million being spent on consultants to find cost savings, it is encouraging to see signs of a rethink on the ridiculous, unjustifiable price tag that State and Federal Liberals have been touting.
Greater Hobart and its surrounding communities desperately need transport and infrastructure solutions to ease congestion and population pressures.
With the more than half a billion dollars earmarked for the Bridgewater Bridge replacement, the Gutwein Government could modernise the Bridge and deliver light rail or a trackless tram network to Brighton.
Tasmanians need a government prepared to strategically plan for the future, and to invest public funds for the widest possible public benefit.