Hobart waterfront vision
THE Tasmanian tourism industry has unveiled a vision for Hobart’s waterfront in which a parcel of prime government land would be transformed into a public space celebrating the island’s seafood, produce and maritime history.
Developed by Destination Southern Tasmania (DST), the concept has been presented as an option for Castray Esplanade, close to the Salamanca markets, which may become available if current CSIRO operations move.
Likened to Sydney’s Barangaroo headland park, the concept involves open spaces, a waterfront promenade and capacity for public events.
It would also involve integration of the Princess Wharf shed as a year-round market for Tasmanian food producers and fishmongers.
DST ceo Alex Heroys said the plan would engage locals year- round and attract significant public events.
“There will be a reactivation of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, and the maritime history, which we’re already famous for, will be concentrated at this point,” Heroys said.
The Tasmanian Government has welcomed the plan.
“The tourism industry’s vision for the Castray Esplanade area is well worth considering, especially as we continue discussions with the Federal Govt about the development of a major science and Antarctic precinct as part of the Macquarie Point development,” said Tas Minister for Growth Peter Gutwein.
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