Har­vey in run­ning with eco-city plan

Sunday Tasmanian - - NEWS - DAVID BENIUK

GREENS lord may­oral can­di­date Bill Har­vey will cam­paign on turn­ing Ho­bart into Aus­tralia’s first eco-city by 2030.

Al­der­man Har­vey has an­nounced he will head a Greens team run­ning for Ho­bart City Coun­cil in Oc­to­ber’s lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions.

He is the lat­est can­di­date to an­nounce he will run for lord mayor, join­ing al­der­men Da­mon Thomas and Marti Zucco and small busi­ness coun­cil chief Robert Mallett.

Mr Har­vey will also take on Al­der­man Anna Reynolds, who cut her ties with the Greens be­fore an­nounc­ing she would run for the top job.

Lord Mayor Ron Christie, who caused re­cent con­tro­versy with com­ments about Dark Mofo and tourism, is yet to de­cide whether he will run.

Mr Har­vey, who was first elected to coun­cil in 2007, will cam­paign un­der the slo­gan Ho­bart Eco-City 2030.

He said Ho­bart should aim to pro­duce more en­ergy than it con­sumes, zero waste to land­fill and plan­ning that en­cour­ages low-rise, in­ner-city res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment and pub­lic trans­port.

Coun­cil strate­gies were al­ready in place to move to­wards his team’s goal, Mr Har­vey said. “Big pic­ture think­ing is im­por­tant,” he told the Sun­day Tas­ma­nian.

“We have good poli­cies, we have good strate­gies, we just need the lead­er­ship to make sure we stay fo­cused, not get dis­tracted by thought bub­bles and achieve the out­comes that we said we would.

“If we could do that by 2030 I’m con­fi­dent we could claim the sta­tus of Aus­tralia’s first eco-city, one that puts peo­ple and the en­vi­ron­ment front and cen­tre and works with a cir­cu­lar cre­ative econ­omy that pro­duces mean­ing­ful work.”

Mr Har­vey is no stranger to po­lit­i­cal cam­paigns, with two tilts at state par­lia­ment also un­der his belt, but lost his seat in 2014 be­fore he was re-elected on a re­count two years later.

In his first run for lord mayor, he will spear­head a team that in­cludes can­di­date for deputy He­len Bur­net, Holly Ewin and Bec Tay­lor.

Ms Reynolds will launch her cam­paign as an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date to­day.

But declar­ing the race for lord mayor wide open af­ter Sue Hickey’s de­par­ture for State Par­lia­ment, Mr Har­vey de­nied his ri­val’s de­ci­sion had made the Greens’ job tougher.

“Anna will run her own cam­paign,” he said.

“We’re maybe both ap­peal­ing to the same peo­ple but I’m part of a team.

“We have a long-term strate­gic vi­sion for Ho­bart and I think that dis­tin­guishes us from all other can­di­dates.”

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