A looming Federal Election could ensure Hobart gets its chance for a “once in a generation Sydney Opera House” moment.
Momentum is building as industry leaders promote the re-imagining of Castray Esplande and the CSIRO site.
The tourism industry last year released its bold vision to relocate the CSIRO to Macquarie Point – with pressure now ramping up for political support ahead of the Federal Election, due within months.
The development of the area includes visions of a maritime museum, water-edge swimming pool and improved spectator infrastructure for the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
“We have an opportunity to capture the energy and vibrancy of the Taste of Tasmania and the summer festival period year-round by activating the water-edge of Castray Esplanade,” TICT CEO Luke Martin said.
“There is no better place in Australia than the Hobart waterfront over this one week of the year, and it makes zero sense why these areas are left largely dormant for the remaining 51 weeks of the year.”
Hobart City Council Alderman Simon Behrakis is backing the push to reinvigorate Castray Point, tabling a motion for the Hobart City Council to back the bold vision.
“If we are going to convince the major political parties to support this push ahead of the next federal election, then it’s important we show them that the local community is on side too,” he said.