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Heritage – Goods Shed

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Thursday, 8 June 2023

Tags: Heritage, State Budget

Ms O'CONNOR - Thank you. Just going to that issue, minister, you would have semi regular contact with the Heritage Council. Have you ever been briefed on or asked about the Goods Shed? Given that it's been sitting there waiting to be assessed since I came into parliament in 2008, are you prepared to have that conversation with the Heritage Council about whether or not they will assess that nomination?

Ms OGILVIE - I'll ask the department to shed some light on those issues. I do have semi regular engagements with the Heritage Council.

Mr ROBERTS - The Heritage Council is set up and runs quite independently on these types of assessments. When it comes to specific assessments, there's minimal dialogue with the ministers in that regard. To make that clearer and transparent, they have the priority assessment list which is published once it's agreed and published on the website. It runs for that year so it's clear what the Heritage Council is looking at. They run their own assessments so that the guidance provided by the minister is through the statement of expectations and the corresponding statement of intent.

Ms O'CONNOR - Thank you. Minister, you'd have to acknowledge there's a risk here, isn't there? You have a building of local, cultural heritage significance recognised by the Sullivan's Cove Planning Scheme, significant enough for someone with an understanding of its heritage values to nominate for its listing on the heritage register and a POSS barrelling down the line, there's a genuine risk we'll lose that building before it's properly assessed.

Ms OGILVIE - I was waiting for the question. Well done. I'll add a bit more information. In relation to Macquarie Point, there's a whole-of-Macquarie-Point site conversation. Another nomination was received on 31 May 2023 for the whole site, which is currently administered by the Macquarie Point Development Corporation. I understand that Heritage Tasmania will undertake a preliminary assessment of that nomination and provide an update to the Tasmanian Heritage Council. I think you're right, this is an issue that we need to take care with. I did get a brief, which I've been referring to today to provide you with the answers. I love heritage and I love our beautiful heritage in Hobart, in particular, it's the backdrop to everything we do.

Ms O'CONNOR - That's why it would be so sad if a building like the Goods Shed was flattened if a POSS was approved before it had been assessed.

Ms OGILVIE - I'll take that as a comment.

Ms O'CONNOR - Minister, I think that we've established there's a risk here to the heritage that is the Goods Shed, would you agree?

Ms OGILVIE - I'm actually not certain that that's accurate. The reason I say that is because it does have protection under the current arrangements. When the POSS comes in, there's an integrate and assessment process. It may be helpful to understand a bit more about how that process works.

Ms O'CONNOR - No, I’m pretty au fait with POSSs.

Ms OGILVIE - You're happy with that?