Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Arts spokesperson
Construction of a helipad on the roof of the Royal Hobart Hospital and its potential lifesaving capacity is wholeheartedly welcomed by the Greens.
The close proximity to the popular and successful Theatre Royal, however, is concerning. The Greens are calling on the Liberal Government to ensure noise pollution from incoming helicopters is minimised by the installation of sound proofing within the Theatre.
When questioned today in Parliament, Premier Hodgman merely indicated his government would liaise with affected stakeholders, and was sadly unwilling to commit funding to assist in reducing the impact on the Theatre Royal.
A significant amount of public money will be going into the development of a major complex to be located alongside the Theatre, with a view to recognising a vision to see Tasmania as a leader in digital, creative and performing arts.
The Theatre successfully hosted 170 performances last year - an increase of 13% on the previous year - and is a major drawcard for audiences and artists alike.
Fast, efficient patient transport is vital for the public, but this needs to be undertaken with nearby services and facilities kept keenly in mind.