Harvey in running with eco-city plan
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.”