Civic Square 2019

Civic Square 2019

Many people don’t realise that the entire city block bounded by Morrison, Argyle, Davey and Elizabeth Streets (where Mawson’s Huts and Lark Whisky are) is…

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Homelessness + development

Homelessness + development

A week is a long time in politics, especially if you’re sleeping rough in a Hobart winter. It was heartening to see recent unanimous support…

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Climate emergency motion May 2019

Climate emergency motion May 2019

On Monday night, a Hobart City councillor rose to his feet and proposed a motion that has been passed by 549 local, state or national…

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Lobbyists move in as stakes go up

Lobbyists move in as stakes go up

Lobbying plays a critical role in our representative democracy. The range of issues that Councils deal with every day means that hearing from affected parties…

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Life in a flammable landscape

Life in a flammable landscape

January 2019 In a TMAG exhibition about the 1967 Tasmanian Bushfires, I saw something that stopped me in my tracks. It was a map drawn at the time by resident Keith Roberts that shows the…

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Standing firm on city height limits

Standing firm on city height limits

December 2018 In a way, we have a lot to thank the Fragrance Group for. Their overwhelmingly tall tower proposals, way out of scale with the Hobart…

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A conversation worth having

A conversation worth having

December 2018 Finding new funds for tourism infrastructure seems to be controversial, but it’s still a conversation we need to have. Nothing illustrates this better…

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Action on climate change

Action on climate change

MY VISION Hobart is a beacon of hope – a leading sustainable city in the Asia Pacific region and our residents are keen to help…

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Are we really better off with a high-rise city?

Are we really better off with a high-rise city?

  While there’s a lot to be loved, I must admit that Hobart’s CBD also leaves a lot to be desired. Our heritage heart is…

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Campaign Launch speech

Campaign Launch speech

29 July 2018 Thank you all so much for your support in being here today and in the many ways that you help me and…

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Hobart's big issues needs the new government to act fast and work smarter with Council

Hobart’s big issues needs the new government to act fast and work smarter with Council

March 2018 As the dust from the election settles, I think there are a number of important issues that the new state government needs to…

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Code should enhance not dampen democracy

Code should enhance not dampen democracy

Published in The Mercury, November 2017 People often ask me why their representatives on Council aren’t more outspoken about the big issues that shape our…

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Changing the rules for Hobart’s Heart

Changing the rules for Hobart’s Heart

Published in The Mercury, July 2017 Community interest in the future height and shape of Hobart city is strong – as are opinions about the…

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Light rail can help to deliver more affordable housing for Hobart

Light rail can help to deliver more affordable housing for Hobart

Published in The Mercury, January 2018 At the recent announcement of a City Deal for Hobart, Prime Minister Turnbull enthused about the potential for ‘Transit…

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Street parties

Street parties to plan better suburbs

July 2015 FIVE street parties are happening this weekend in Hobart and they’re more than just fun local outings. They also signal new ways of…

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