On 15 February the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal in Hobart rejected our appeal against the ‘Parliament Square’ proposal.
This will result in the demolition of the iconic 1960s State Offices at 10 Murray Street and the heritage-listed Government Printer at 2-4 Salamanca Place, a 1950s art deco building.
We believe that the decision is legally flawed and are have decided to appeal it to the Supreme Court. To do so we require approximately $30,000, and are asking supporters to contribute.
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WHAT ARE THE GROUNDS FOR APPEAL?
1. The RMPAT erred in construing Section 41 of the Historic Cultural Heritage Act 1995 – ie. “no prudent and feasible alternative” to demolition.
2. The RMPAT failed to recognise the SCWA’s discretion to refuse demolition of 10 Murray St despite approval of this course by the Conservation Management Plan.
The RMPAT decision can be read at
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WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF SUCCESS?
This is difficult to gauge as the hearing will be argued on legal grounds not the merit of the case; however our legal advice to date is positive.
WHAT IS THE MONEY FOR?
$30,000 is to cover legal costs in the case that our appeal is unsuccessful.
If successful, money raised will cover costs of our legal counsel in the case, with remaining funds to go towards a new RMPAT hearing.
WILL THE APPEAL PROCEED?
An appeal notice was lodged with the Supreme Court on 15 March 2011 and a hearing has been set for May 2011.
We don’t yet have donations to the full amount that we estimate is necessary, but an individual supporter is underwriting the shortfall. As of 15 March, we had more than two-thirds of this amount needed, and will continue to raise funds to reach $30,000.