RESIDENTS of Hobart have been urged to contribute their ideas on the future development of Hobart’s Macquarie point, located adjacent to the Cenotaph and Sullivans Cove.
Macquarie Point Development Corporation chief executive officer Elizabeth Jack said the project had been gathering community views on the future development of Macquarie Point since it entered a public and stakeholder consultation phase in mid-2013.
Ms Jack said the consultation phase was now nearing completion, with the shared vision for the site expected to be finalised around the middle of 2014.
While not yet confirmed, the development is likely to include residential and tourist accommodation, commercial and retail spaces, and art and cultural hubs.
“We are eager for Hobart’s residents to share their ideas regarding one of the city’s most significant development opportunities,” she said.
“From the consultation to date, it is clear that the community is keen to celebrate the history of the site and its surrounds, including Aboriginal and earlier colonial history, as well as later maritime and industrial history.
“Once completed, the shared vision will provide the basis for establishing a development framework to guide the nature and scale of the development on Macquarie Point.”
Ms Jack said while the site’s primary use over the last few decades involved rail freight and road transport operations, it had many previous functions.
The Hobart area was home to the indigenous Mouheneener band of the South East Tribe and evidence of activity has been discovered in the site’s surrounding areas.
Ms Jack said European use of Macquarie Point began soon after settlement in 1804 with farming and later, housing for orphans, convicts and soldiers.
“The site was also used in the 1840s as a barracks associated with the nearby Royal Engineers building,” she said.
“In the 1850s Hobart’s stock and slaughter yard and the gas works were established on the site before the railways commenced development in the 1870s.
“The 1950s to 1970s saw massive reclamation and establishment of the adjacent Macquarie Wharf.
“The gasworks closed in the late 1970s and the last passenger train came into Hobart in 1978.”
Ms Jack said the corporation was keen to hear from people with an association with the site, including anyone who has either worked at or nearby the site, or had a family member with an employment link to the site.
“We are sure there are many people with stories to tell about their experiences of Macquarie Point…it’s these stories that can help bring the history of this important part of Hobart to life.”
The Macquarie Point Development Corporation was founded in 2012 to plan, facilitate and manage the remediation and redevelopment of the site, following up to $50 million of funding from the Australian Government.
The development framework will be informed by a range of other plans, including a land release strategy, remediation strategy, planning framework and infrastructure strategy.
These strategies are slated for completion in 2015.
Hobart residents or community groups interested in sharing their stories and photographs about Macquarie Point or participating in the ongoing consultation process can contact the corporation directly on 6166 4000.
For more information on the Macquarie Point development project and the site’s history visit www.macquariepoint.com