Dave chats with Rail Action Group President Ben Johnston who explains the Moonah and Glenorchy Business Association has thrown its weight behind a Light Rail link between Hobart and the Northern Suburbs in the wake of a report predicting a long term economic bonanza for the region.
The recently released ‘Transport Corridor Report’ by independent consultants GHD says an urban renewal project along the rail corridor could provide between 500 and 1000 construction jobs a year, for two decades.
The report predicts about 35 hectares along the corridor could be transformed into new residential and commercial development as part of wider urban renewal for the area, triggering an ongoing construction and jobs stimulus.
Glenorchy District Football Club President John McCann has also joined calls for the State Government to begin planning for Light Rail saying “The KGV sporting precinct could become the most access friendly ‘events venue’ in Tasmania” and a benefit to the whole of Hobart.
Moonah businesswoman and restaurateur Lucy Baker (St Albi) has gone public with an online video highlighting the growth potential of a Hobart Light Rail link.
Rail Action Group President Ben Johnston says “modelling predicts 6 million trips every year on the rail service and polling shows at least 62% support in Denison”.
The online video starring Ms Baker can be accessed on the Hobart Rail website or Facebook page: