TURN FOCUS TO TRANSPORT
MACQUARIE Point needs to be turned into a transport hub for Hobart, not another shopping precinct. There are plenty of vacant shops in Hobart already.
What Tasmania needs is someone with vision to see what is needed for the future of not just Hobart, but all of Tasmania.
We at T4T — Tasmanians 4 Tasmania — believe that this is a far better proposal than just shops and offices.
The greater Hobart area (and Tasmania) needs a return to passenger rail, and Macquarie Point is ideally situated to provide this.
Couple this with a return to trams for Sandy Bay/Taroona, South Hobart and North Hobart/ Lenah Valley and we will see a large volume of traffic removed from Hobart City streets, which is what is really needed.
Both trams and buses could leave and terminate from there, which would allow for the bus mall outside the GPO to be removed.
Imagine cruise liners pulling into Macquarie Wharf and passengers being able to access public transport right at their feet. Tourist and heritage rail would be able to operate tourist trains on day trips to national parks for them.
Trams would make getting around the city for their shopping excursions a breeze.
There is no vision in any of the political parties in Tasmania. They seem to be only able to do what Canberra tells them, whether they like it or not.
Malcolm Turnbull is pushing through with the rail line between Melbourne and Brisbane through western New South Wales, so don’t tell me rail is not worth it.
Why isn’t he making it from Hobart to Brisbane, and renovating and upgrading our rail system here? After all, it will be Tasmanian taxes that will help fund it, but we will receive nothing in return, only the promise of another two interconnectors between Tasmania and the mainland, so that we can keep the lights on in South Australia and the heaters on in a cold Canberra, and maybe experience the blackouts that they have that we don’t.
Nearly every Third World country uses rail as a major part of their transport systems because it is the most efficient means of moving people and freight, and what some countries would give to have such a deep harbour next to a rail head.
What would it be like to be able to get on the train in Hobart to go to the footy in Launceston and vice-versa? I’m sure numbers at matches would increase.
Tasmanian people need to stand up and demand a return to passenger rail. If not, change who you’re voting for.
Rob Newitt Moonah