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  1. Well done Margaretta and the Tasmanian Times for publishing this article. You can see why Margaretta is an award winning journalist.

    She deserves to be supported and elected as an alderman of the HCC. Margaretta has my total support. She has tackled with humour and insight the major issue of how a narrow sectional issue (here a few influential waterfront residents) can truly distort what should be the good work of a community organisation looking after a precious part of Hobart.

    I remember the first Battery Point Association meeting I went to in 1997 when I presented the Hobart City Bike plan (Consultant Sarah Boyes). That report suggested a bike path should be build around the foreshore along the lines of the 1980’s whalers walk concept.

    Well, I have never before or since found such a touchy issue for the foreshore residents. One resident demanded I resign as an alderman on the spot and David Edwards said that cyclists would never support such a plan. Time has proved these few people wrong.

    Fast Forward to last week’s meeting - and the attitudes of the residents were much more reserved and more considered (in general).

    SO I truely believe the time has come for the great waterfront walk/walkway/boardwalk/promenade/cyclway from the City to Casino for the public of Hobart and visitors to enjoy.

    Journalists the calibre of Margaretta Pos have paved the way along with countless individuals in the community such as Ken White, Des Hanlon and some on the HCC who truly believe one can achieve a vision.

    Well Done Margaretta

    Posted by Jeff Briscoe, Lord Mayor candidate  on  09/10/05  at  07:07 AM
  2. While the rest of the world worries about the real issues, Hobart continues with its provincial bullshit nonsense.

    It’s been two years since I left Hobart, and I am relieved to see Hobart Town has not changed one bit.  You are still losing sleep over a few hoighty toighties in Battery Point, still upset about Porter Hill and still utterly obsessed with trams.

    It’s always the same people with the same issues, which by and large affect no-one.  What exciting lives of turmoil you lead.

    Posted by Geoff Rollins  on  10/10/05  at  11:15 AM
  3. From reading Margaretta’s article one might (although I’m sure this wasn’t intended) get the impression that all 20 aldermanic candidates and all four for deputy mayor were all there at the BPSCCA forum in question. 

    In fact, the following were present and speaking: Valentine, Briscoe, Ruzicka, Haigh, Christie, the five Greens, Foley, Edwards, Pos, Heath, Donnelly and Thwaites.  Absent (some sending apologies, some not) were Freeman, Zucco, Sexton, Winter, Furmage, Shea and Dutta. 

    I found two things interesting about this: firstly, the list of candidates showing up to this forum was almost exactly the same as those attending the previous evening’s (I think the only differences were that Heath attended Battery Point but Dutta attended Lenah Valley).

    Secondly, some of the Battery Point candidates who didn’t show were then to be seen in the Mercury criticising the BPSCCA for attempting to support a candidate in advance of the forum ... a forum they didn’t even attend! 

    One would think that whatever the merits of their argument in isolation, they would leave the making of it to those who had been there and could make it without any risk of embarrassing themselves ... but I guess, in an election with practically no Mercury-covered issues thus far aside from the petty issue of election campaigning itself, one has to get one’s name in the paper somehow!

    Posted by Dr Kevin Bonham  on  10/10/05  at  02:53 PM
  4. Today (Tues) The Mercury hails two great commercial developments (“Huge City Hotel Plan”, page 1; “Hole-in-one For The Good Life”, Page 5.  Sandwiched between: “Another Report On Path By River”.  Terrific information all round, but the irony seems clear - all stops out for commercial operators, all stops in for the mug population-at-large who are too preoccupied with cricket and other distractions of living to get up and say that a sensible alternative of access to work and shop and leisure (walk, cycle) sounds like a good thing.

    I shall insult my work colleague Margaretta Pos by stating that she treads too softly here, notwithstanding her great series of articles on the difficulties, for the public, of treading (however softly) the southern foreshores of the city.

    If we must boardwalk huge paths in our wilderness (and it seems we must), then why should we have to “scrub bash” in our own nest?

    Hobart has an estuary environment that pisses on the bays and coastline Melbourne and Sydney have to offer, but my two bob says that most Hobart people would have better memories of the excellent access those cities provide than of their own “back yard”.  And I shall not ponce on about first-thirld world locations overseas.

    This is a much bigger story than an examination of another slice of pettiness, however big a role that may be.

    It’s a story just waiting for a few heroes ... perhaps the landowners of Battery Point ... to come to the fore.

    I would love to think my vote in the old council poll will count in its little way towards this - before I keel over dead.

    Posted by Guy Parsons  on  11/10/05  at  03:54 PM
  5. The front page story in The Mercury today (October 11) sends a shiver down my spine. “Huge city hotel plan” the headline proclaims. Judging by the artist’s impression, this is a development that I would abhor.

    It has no place in Hobart. It might be in accord with planning regulations, but that’s not good enough. The concept of quality is vital in the planning process. Sadly, it is too often absent in Hobart.

    That said,  Guy Parsons is right:  I do tread softly on the Battery Point foreshore. The fact is that I enjoy a scramble with a stunning view. Besides, I think a walking track is the simplest solution given the opposition of waterfront residents.

    However, I also think that a low impact boardwalk is feasible, that there is no need to fear a concrete monstrosity. This is just a scare tactic by those opposed to free and easy public access.

    Last week, I said I would resign from the Battery Point Sullivans Cove Community Association today if I had not heard from senior vice president John White, on whether he had reconvened the committee on the issue of financial support for one candidate before the public forum hosted by the Association. To ensure he knew of my challenge, I emailed him my article and also letter-boxed a hard copy.

    I have not heard from him, but I have heard that a letter of protest has been circulated to waterfront residents for signature.

    In turn, in protest, I resign form the Association herewith. And in doing so, feel free to rethink my position on a boardwalk.

    But back to the $40 million proposed development ... NO !!!!

    Posted by Margaretta Pos  on  12/10/05  at  12:55 AM
  6. I spent my childhood on Battery Point when it was a gutsy community and a mix of all social classes. Now it’s almost entirely a community of privilege.

    In recent years I’ve worked in Brisbane - I’m returning to live in Tasmania at the end of the year - and I’ve enjoyed the benefits of a progressive Brisbane City Council, under both Labor and Liberal administrations, that has reclaimed the city’s riverside and created superb public access, including walks, along the Brisbane River.

    In Sydney and Adelaide over the past decade we’ve seen an increasing number of public walks developed around Sydney Harbour and along the Torrens.

    But this, apparently, is too radical a concept for Battery Point!

    Margaretta Pos is entirely right on this issue, and her presence on the Council would bring a welcome dose of public spiritedness - one that was culturally and envronmentally sensitive - to a much neglected area of the common wealth.

    Posted by amanda lohrey  on  12/10/05  at  05:50 AM
  7. Yawn… I suggest to the candidates to read about the responsibilities of local governments in Tasmania (this may be a good start).

    The candidates are dreaming if they expect me to get all excited about a boardwalk and $1,000 contribution. Looking at the linked list I can see quite a few things more important.

    By the way, the ‘Blah, blah (Margareta). Well done (Jeff)’ formula is really lame advertising.

    Posted by Luis  on  13/10/05  at  03:15 AM

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