Better support for events on Hobart's waterfront Tue 25 September 2012 Scott Bacon Minister for Tourism Download hi-res version The Tasmanian Government is teaming up with the Hobart City Council and Tasports to ensure better support for events on Hobart's iconic waterfront. The Minister for Tourism, Scott Bacon, Hobart City Council Lord Mayor Damon Thomas and Tasports Chair Dan Norton today signed a new Memorandum of Understanding aimed at delivering better co-ordination around events held on the waterfront. "The Hobart waterfront is an important part of the visitor experience in Hobart, especially during the summer months when crowds flock to events like the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, the Taste of Tasmania and MONA FOMA," he said. "This partnership with the Hobart City Council and Tasports will help us better coordinate areas like booking and permit procedures, as well as looking at how we can improve visitor information services and amenities like public toilets. "As a result of the MOU, a tripartite events working group has been set up to investigate co-ordinated responses to practical issues for event organisers in Sullivans Cove. "I know the working group has already met with major event organisers such as the Australian Wooden Boat Festival and MONA FOMA, who have welcomed a more co-ordinated approach to events on the waterfront. "This MOU is a clear example of the State Government working in partnership with local government and the private sector to achieve better community outcomes." Lord Mayor Damon Thomas welcomed the agreement as he looks forward to a big summer of events in the city. "This is a great opportunity to improve not only the organisation and co-ordination of events but to ensure a better experience for Hobart residents and visitors to the events and activities in Sullivans Cove," Alderman Thomas said. The Chair of Tasports, Dr Dan Norton, said the MOU recognised the important role Tasports played in events as managers of much of the area's infrastructure. "The tripartite group will co-ordinate the provision of event services around the waterfront and address the needs of visitors to Sullivans Cove, especially the ever growing number of cruise ship passengers," Dr Norton said. The working group will meet regularly and continue to work with major events organisers to deliver better events services on Hobart's waterfront.