THE Tasmanian Government last week said the community is being given the opportunity to shape the future of one of Hobart's most exciting and important long-term projects – the remediation and redevelopment of the Macquarie Point railyards site.
Infrastructure Minister David O'Byrne said the redevelopment of Macquarie Point will be a centrepiece of the city for generations to come so it is vital that the community have a say on the shape it will take.
The Macquarie Point site, which is approximately 8.4 hectares in size, is currently used for a range of industrial purposes that are expected to be relocated over the next two years. Future development on the site is expected to involve a mix of uses that promote inner city living, complement Hobart's CBD and are well-connected to the city, the waterfront and the Queens Domain.
"Over the next few months the Macquarie Point Development Corporation will connect with the community through a number of consultation workshops and an online survey regarding the redevelopment of Macquarie Point," Mr O'Byrne said.
"We want to hear from people about what they think would make Macquarie Point a great place and what qualities it should possess to attract people to want to live, visit or work there in 20 years' time and beyond."
Mr O'Byrne said the aim of the workshops and online survey would be to focus on the preferred qualities of the developed site in order to help create a shared vision document that will be presented to the community in 2014.
"We want feedback from the community on the site's qualities including any distinguishing characteristics, rather than specific details about what infrastructure, services or functions Macquarie Point might offer," Mr O'Byrne said.
The Minister cited Melbourne's Docklands and Sydney's Barangaroo as two examples of how other capital cities around Australia have been positively transformed by large-scale multi-use development on their waterfronts.
"Hobart now has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to do the same, as a result of the previous Federal Government's commitment of $50 million to remediate the site," Mr O'Byrne said.
"The redevelopment of Macquarie Point offers an important opportunity for all Tasmanians to shape the capital city's future and I encourage everyone to share their views."