Light rail to sta­dium

Mercury (Hobart) - - OPINION - Mar­garet Ni­col-Smith Black­mans Bay Joel Katz Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Aus­trala­sia Cruise Lines In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion Kit Darko Rokeby Jim Gar­ri­gan Le­nah Val­ley

THERE is a pos­si­bil­ity that Tas­ma­nia may soon get its own team in the AFL. There is also a pos­si­bil­ity of a light rail sys­tem from Ho­bart to Brighton. What if they built a 40,000 seat sta­dium with a roof like Mar­vel? Be­cause of our change­able weather the roof would be needed. Thou­sands of foot­ball fans would be brought right to the ground from the North­ern Sub­urbs and thou­sands could pull up at the wa­ter­front to and from the Eastern Shore and beyond. There would also be room for hous­ing and park­ing, all at Mac­quarie Point.

Rail­way loop

HASN’T any­one in the Tas­ma­nian Gov­ern­ment given a thought to the North­ern Sub­urbs rail­way? We need a loop cir­cling Austins Ferry, Bridge­wa­ter, Brighton, Cam­pa­nia, Rich­mond, Sorell, Bel­lerive and Ho­bart. Hasn’t any­one looked at the devel­op­ment of hous­ing in the Austins Ferry and Gran­ton area? Four hun­dred new houses are on the draw­ing board. The rail­way runs right through this area now. Fur­ther devel­op­ment of houses is go­ing to be in the Coal River Val­ley area, mean­while a per­fectly good rail­way is ly­ing dor­mant out to Bridge­wa­ter. We have Bob Clif­ford of­fer­ing to sup­ply fer­ries to be used on the River Der­went, from Bridge­wa­ter to South Arm and ar­eas with river ac­cess like Kingston and Black­mans Bay.

Gen­der-neu­tral ti­tles

US­ING the cor­rect pro­nouns and ti­tles for a per­son is a small ac­tion which has the power to ei­ther ruin a day, or make a per­son feel seen and ac­cepted. I’d like to re­quest the Mer­cury take that lit­tle bit more time and ef­fort to en­sure the lan­guage in re­port­ing aligns with the gen­der of the in­di­vid­u­als in ques­tion es­pe­cially when deal­ing with trans and non-bi­nary in­di­vid­u­als. If in doubt: the sin­gu­lar “they”, and the ti­tle “mx” ex­ist as gen­der-neu­tral op­tions.

Link to politi­cians’ pay

EV­ERY­ONE paid by the gov­ern­ment is a pub­lic ser­vant. State politi­cians are also Tas­ma­nian pub­lic ser­vants. Couldn’t the non-politi­cian pub­lic ser­vants get an in­crease at the same time and same per­cent­age as those in par­lia­ment? Im­proved con­di­tions could also be re­lated to those of the par­lia­ment. Any dis­agree­ment could be re­ferred (within a short time, say 28 days) to the in­de­pen­dent de­ter­mi­na­tor of par­lia­men­tary salaries who should give his/her find­ings within 28 days.

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