Super Tuesday parking on hold

THE Launceston City Council has deferred a decision on the Super Tuesday parking trial.

The council was to determine if it would go ahead with a three-month trial of free parking each Tuesday between 1pm and 6pm. 

It was to be offered at council-owned multi-storey car parks at Paterson East, West and Elizabeth streets and begin on July 1.

The motion was one of a number discussed at the council meeting yesterday.

A decision on the proposed trial has been deferred to allow for aldermen to have further discussions with Cityprom and businesses.

Jim Hughs & Sons' Robert Turner, who voiced concern about the introduction of free parking just one day a week, said he was glad the majority of aldermen voted to defer the decision. He feared an unsuccessful trial of Super Tuesday would negatively impact on any other proposals.

Aldermen also agreed for general manager Robert Dobrzynski to provide in-principal approval for the lease of the historic Macquarie House, to see it refurbished and equipped for use as an IT hub.

The approval would help the Macquarie House Innovation Hub Project seek $3 million in funding from the federal government.

The in-principle approval is subject to a number of points, including that the federal funding be granted to the council for it to manage, as well as that it manage the project works and it also signs off on the final design.

The funding for the hub has been allocated as part of the $100 million forestry peace funding.

In another matter, aldermen agreed to seek the inclusion of the Launceston Mountain Bike Club and Tamar Canoe Club in the stakeholder reference group for the Reimagining Cataract Gorge project.

The state government promised $200,000 in the election campaign for the iconic site to be made ``event ready''.

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