Opinion pieces

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

A community that’s nervous about giant Fragrance towers may feel somewhat relieved by talk of CBD heights that don’t sound quite as big. However, these changes still start from a view of ‘well, we must have high-rise somewhere’. It doesn’t have to be this way. … Read more
 

Campaign Launch speech

Thank you all so much for your support in being here today and in the many ways that you help me and help Hobart. I would like to acknowledge that the Tasmanian aboriginal people are the traditional owners of this land which was taken from them forcibly … Read more …

Speech to rally about development of kunanyi/Mount Wellington

I am here today to speak from the perspective of the day-to-day manager of the mountain – and how this manager has been shut out and ignored by a state government obsessed with supporting a private developer. … Read more …

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

As the dust from the election settles, I think there are a number of important issues that the new state government needs to work with Hobart City Council on to ensure good results for the city and its residents. Read more …

Code should enhance not dampen democracy

People often ask me why their representatives on Council aren’t more outspoken about the big issues that shape our city. Read more …

Changing the rules for Hobart’s Heart

Community interest in the future height and shape of Hobart city is strong – as are opinions about the Fragrance hotel proposals. Less well known, but no less important, is the potential impact of Hobart City Council’s proposed new rules for the height and character of the Central Business District (CBD). Read more …

Light rail can help to deliver more affordable housing for Hobart

At the recent announcement of a City Deal for Hobart, Prime Minister Turnbull enthused about the potential for ‘Transit Oriented Development’ along our rail corridor. What does this term mean, where has it worked well, and how could it benefit Hobart? Read more …

Street parties to plan better suburbs

Five street parties are happening this weekend in Hobart and they’re more than just fun local outings. They also signal new ways of thinking about our city, part of a move by Hobart City Council to harness the desire for more people-friendly local neighbourhoods. Read more …