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.

Mr O'Byrne said the committee members bring a wide range of expertise, including infrastructure planning and development, policy and legislation, urban design, and corporate governance.

In June, the Federal Government provided $50 million to remediate the 8.4 hectare site for future development. The establishment of a Public Non-Financial Corporation (PNFC) to oversee the railyards project was a key condition of the funding package.

The steering committee has been set up as an interim measure, until the PNFC is in place. The committee is expected to meet monthly and its duties include:

  • Consulting with the Tasmanian community about future development options;
  • Assessing the appropriateness of redevelopment options for the Brooke Street Pier;
  • Developing legislation to establish the PNFC to oversee the project; and
  • Addressing any other matters that arise in delivering the project until such time as the PNFC is operational.

Mr O'Byrne said the remediation and subsequent redevelopment of Hobart's railyards is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the Tasmanian community.

"This is a big inner-city site with massive economic, social and cultural potential," Mr O'Byrne said.

"Its redevelopment will be close to the hearts of many Tasmanians. The experienced professionals appointed today will lead the conversation about how to best prepare the site for future use, and determining what those uses might be."

More information is available from the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts Macquarie Point Development Project website at <http://www.development.tas.gov.au/macquariepoint>.

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