For­eign buy up of land a se­ri­ous is­sue

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - CAMERON WHITE­LEY

A SUR­VEY of more than 2500 Tas­ma­ni­ans has shown most are wor­ried about the level of for­eign own­er­ship in the state.

When asked about the is­sue as part of a Mer­cury sur­vey for its Fu­ture Tas­ma­nia series, 78 per cent of re­spon­dents were ei­ther slightly or very un­com­fort­able about the level of for­eign in­vest­ment and agri­cul­tural land own­er­ship.

Only 5 per cent said they were very com­fort­able with it, while 15 per cent were some­what com­fort­able.

There was a mixed re­sponse to a ques­tion about Tas­ma­nia’s cur­rent growth tra­jec­tory.

The ma­jor­ity (42 per cent) thought the state was grow­ing at a com­fort­able rate, 37 per cent said it was grow­ing too quickly while 19 per cent said growth was not fast enough.

De­spite Tas­ma­nia’s cur­rent eco­nomic pros­per­ity, more than 60 per cent of re­spon­dents said they had not per­son­ally ben­e­fited from it.

But only 25 per cent of re­spon­dents said they had ex­pe­ri­enced hous­ing or rental stress in the past five years.

“I am so lucky to own my own home but poverty and home­less­ness are on the in­crease,’’ one re­spon­dent wrote.

An­other said there was not enough prop­erty to cope with de­mand. “That tips the bal­ance to­wards profit over peo­ple,’’ they wrote.

Al­most 70 per cent of re­spon­dents said they did not have faith in Tas­ma­nia’s health sys­tem.

One said the sys­tem was un­der­funded and that “re­cent cuts are ab­so­lutely ob­scene”, while an­other said front life staff “do an amaz­ing job with too few re­sources”.

The con­tentious is­sue of a cable car up ku­nanyi/ Mount Welling­ton di­vided opin­ion among those

sur­veyed, with just over half say­ing they did not be­lieve it should ex­ist.

“Why ruin a pris­tine moun­tain?” one re­spon­dent wrote.

An­other said: “I would sup­port a cable car if it was based in Glenorchy and did not cross the or­gan pipes.”

If the vi­sion was re­alised, 41 per cent of re­spon­dents be­lieved the base sta­tion should be at Glenorchy, ahead of

South Ho­bart (35 per cent).

Sim­i­larly di­vi­sive was whether Tas­ma­nia should have a team of its own in the AFL.

As a State Gov­ern­ment-led task­force pre­pares a busi­ness case to present to the league, 56 per cent of re­spon­dents agreed Tas­ma­nia should be granted a long-awaited li­cence.

The view around cli­mate change was more de­fin­i­tive, with the ma­jor­ity of those sur­veyed say­ing they were ei­ther very or some­what wor­ried about the is­sue.

Only 15 per cent said they were not wor­ried.

Mean­while, more than 80 per cent said traf­fic con­ges­tion had wors­ened in the past 12 months.


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