Peer review of business case for Hobart light rail plan released

TASMANIAN Sustainable Transport Minister Nick McKim last week released the peer review of the business case for a Hobart light railway and announced the next steps in order to progress the project.

Mr McKim said the review by Aecom Ltd endorsed most of ACIL Tasman's original findings and suggested that assessing a shorter light rail from Hobart to Glenorchy could significantly improve the business case.

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New $75m arts precinct in Hobart a step closer

CONSTRUCTION of a new $75 million arts precinct next to Hobart's Theatre Royal is a step closer, with the Federal Government last week confirming a $37 million grant for the Academy of Creative Industries and Performing Arts under the Education Infrastructure Fund regional priorities round.

Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings last week joined Federal Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Chris Evans, and University of Tasmania Vice Chancellor, Peter Rathjen, to celebrate the project being given the green light.

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Tasmanian Government unveils plans for biggest wind farm in Southern Hemisphere

THE Tasmanian Government last week unveiled a $2 billion plan to build the biggest wind farm in the Southern Hemisphere on King Island.

Premier Lara Giddings said investigations were underway to build a 200-turbine wind farm and sell the power into the Victorian electricity grid via an underwater cable across Bass Strait.

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Consultation commences on new state-wide code for villa units and townhouses in Tasmania

TASMANIAN Deputy Premier and Minister for Planning Bryan Green last week announced the start of formal community consultation on a new state-wide code for construction of villa units and townhouses.

Mr Green said the proposed changes, which aim to make it easier and quicker to build villa units and townhouses, are the next step in the overhaul of the State's planning laws.

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New Aboriginal heritage laws move a step closer in Tasmania

TASMANIAN Environment, Parks and Heritage Minister Brian Wightman last week released the draft Aboriginal Heritage Protection Bill 2012 and launched the six-week consultation process as part of the development of new Aboriginal heritage laws for the state.

Mr Wightman said Tasmania needs Aboriginal heritage laws that are fair, balanced and modern, adding that the Aboriginal Relics Act 1975 is "clearly out-dated".

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Tasmanian Government submits sustainable transport projects for consideration under Nation Building 2 Program

MORE cycleways, streamlined main bus routes and people-friendly city centres are some of the key elements of the Tasmanian Government's sustainable passenger transport projects submitted to the Federal Government's Nation Building 2 (NB2) Program.

Sustainable Transport Minister Nick McKim last week said the package of exciting, sustainable and people-focused projects would, if successful, put people first, reduce congestion and carbon emissions and dramatically boost the liveability of the State's three main urban areas.

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Tasmanian Government announces sea level rise planning allowances and coastal inundation mapping

TASMANIAN Climate Change Minister Cassy O'Connor and Local Government and Planning Minister Bryan Green last week announced Tasmanian sea level rise planning allowances and state-wide coastal inundation mapping.

"These maps and allowances will provide guidance for future development and adaptation in light of the impact of coastal hazards exacerbated by climate change," Ms O'Connor said.

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Tasmanian Government welcomes first new local council planning scheme

TASMANIAN Deputy Premier Bryan Green last week welcomed the declaration of Tasmania's first new local council planning scheme, as part of the government's overhaul of the State's planning system.

The new Launceston Planning Scheme takes effect this week and aims to provide immediate stimulus for investment in the northern region.

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Tasmanian Government announces Macquarie Point Development Project Steering Committee

TASMANIAN Minister for Economic Development David O'Byrne last week announced further progress towards the future development of Hobart's Macquarie Point railyards, with six members appointed to the Macquarie Point Development Project Steering Committee.

The six members appointed by State Cabinet are Phillip Clark (Chair), Elizabeth Jack (Tasmanian Government representative), Damien White, Alan Morgan, Dorte Ekelund (Commonwealth Government nominee) and Irene Duckett.

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State-wide code for bushfire prone areas in Tasmania

TASMANIAN Acting Premier Bryan Green has approved the introduction of a new single state-wide planning code for bushfire prone areas, which aims to reduce the risk to life and property and the costs to the community from bushfires.

"The code establishes consistent and strengthened planning laws which will be included in all new planning schemes in Tasmania," Mr Green said.

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Legislation introduced to make heritage laws simpler in Tasmania

THE Tasmanian Government has introduced the Historic Cultural Heritage Amendment Bill 2012, which aims to make Tasmania's laws on historic heritage simpler.

Environment and Heritage Minister, Brian Wightman, this week said the new legislation was designed to make the system easier to understand, remove red tape and ensure more consistent decision making.

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Tasmanian Government establishes Hobart Waterfront Development Corporation

THE Tasmanian Government last week announced the establishment of the Hobart Waterfront Development Corporation to oversee the remediation of the Macquarie Point railyards site and the development of the Brooke Street Pier.

Infrastructure Minister David O'Byrne said the redevelopment of the railyards is a once-in-a-hundred-year opportunity to develop a new iconic feature for the city's waterfront and that the establishment of the new corporation is an important step in progressing the project.

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$50m to pave the way for Hobart railyards transformation

FEDERAL Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese last week announced $50 million in funding to remediate the Macquarie Point Railyards site for future development.

Mr Albanese said the remediation of the 8.4 hectare site on the doorstep of Hobart's CBD, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to unlock and capture its economic, cultural and tourism potential.

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