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Hickey backs Stadium 2.0

February 26, 2024 12:31 pm in by

Independent candidate for Clark Sue Hickey is backing the Macquarie Point Stadium 2.0 proposal, but said issues like improving health services, housing and providing cost of living relief will remain priorities for the next Tasmanian government.

Ms Hickey said the new stadium will strengthen the establishment of the Tasmanian male and female AFL teams and provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity to address Hobart public transport issues that have been neglected for too long.

“Like many Tasmanians, I was extremely concerned when a stadium was first mooted. Tasmania needs investment in health, homes, education, transport and to reduce the cost of living. Then, my business background kicked in. We also need economic generators to pay for these services. We cannot continue to rely on Federal Government grants,” she said.

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“I also want to see Tasmania have its own AFL team and recognise that a new stadium needs to be built in Hobart to accommodate it.

“So, the development of a stadium must be firmly on the agenda and proposals must be seriously examined.

“After studying both stadia pitches, I believe Stadium 2.0 represents a visionary concept and is worthy of support and provides the best option for Hobart, Tasmania and our AFL team,” Ms Hickey said.

Ms Hickey said the Stadium 2.0 project will transform Hobart by creating a world-class entertainment precinct that will attract international events as well as being the spiritual home for our football team. Importantly, it can facilitate the development of a comprehensive public transport plan, not just for the stadium, but for all greater Hobart, including the northern corridor.

“The project also includes significant social and community infrastructure with plans to build more than 400 homes for construction workers that will then convert to much-needed affordable housing after the stadium build, with an additional 300 social houses also part of the comprehensive design,” she said.

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“It also includes a new private hospital, facilities to support and accommodate the RSL and the Royal Hobart Regatta, retail spaces and a public boardwalk, as well as parking for 5000 vehicles and a large park and ride facility that will significantly ease congestion in and around the Hobart CBD.”

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