Foreign buy up of land a serious issue
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.
I AM SO LUCKY TO OWN MY OWN HOME BUT POVERTY AND HOMELESSNESS ARE ON THE INCREASE MERCURY SURVEY RESPONDENT