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Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Member for Denison
In Question Time today it became clear that the decision to pull up rail tracks on the Macquarie Point site was made without the approval or knowledge of Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Rene Hidding.
Advocates of Hobart Light Rail are right to be concerned about the removal of rail tracks. They should also be concerned that this took place without the Minister's knowledge.
Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Forests spokesperson
It is now more than four months since the Liberals announced that Hobart's port would be turned into a woodchip and log export facility, yet Hobart residents are being treated like mushrooms.
On 14 September last year, the Resources Minister announced the mysterious and very recently formed, Majestic Timbers, had been awarded the contract to export 180 000 tonnes of native forest timber out of Hobart each year.
Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Environment spokesperson
The Tasmanian Greens welcome the vision within the MONA Macquarie Point cultural plan, and the focus on Truth and Reconciliation. That level of recognition of the impact of colonisation on Aboriginal culture is an important step towards the State's healing.
However, the Liberal Government's warped priorities and petty politics risk the success of what could become an important national tourism site.
Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader
The enormous potential of Hobart's railyards site is in jeopardy as a result of a hands-off Minister and failure of the Liberal Government to prioritise the transformation of Macquarie Point.
For more than two years now, State Growth Minister, Matthew Groom, has done nothing to progress the development of Macquarie Point despite knowing full well that unless the sewerage treatment works are relocated, the project will be dead.
Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Forests spokesperson
The Minister for Forests is dreaming if he believes there is a viable future in native forest woodchip or whole log exports without significant economic and environmental cost to Tasmania.
His announcement today of vague details about the EOI process raises more questions than it answers. The lengthy delays and ongoing secrecy points to an exercise in futility.
Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader
In questioning from the Greens during Budget Estimates today, Minister Groom confirmed the world renowned Eden Project has expressed interest in establishing its first Southern Hemisphere base in Hobart at Macquarie Point.
The Eden Project in Cornwall, England, is one of the world's most impressive and most visited ecotourism destinations. With its ethos of restoration, conservation, education and community engagement, the Eden Project is a perfect fit for Tasmania.