Small Business treated like second class by HCC

August 15, 2018 The self-employed are regularly treated as a second class not least by the local government elected to serve them. Small Business Owner and candidate for Deputy Lord Mayor and Alderman, Louise Bloomfield says there are so many ways small business is being unduly affected by council regulations and messages. “Aldermen with no small business experience are barely aware of the adverse impacts their comments and actions are having on Hobart’s small business owners,” she says. Consider the following cases of small businesses being adversely affected by council: Take away owners trying to maintain OH&S standards after an Alderman urged ratepayers to “take your lunchbox to pick up your meal”. Food and safety legislation instructs café owners to use sterilised containers. They now risk insurance issues as a result. The Lord Mayor instructing employees to “stay at home” the day after the May floods in Hobart. Who was expected to help clean up or, heaven forbid, trade on that day? Two month...
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Our small businesses aren’t considered ‘Hobart Enough’ by HCC

  Some weeks ago I learned that there has been an ongoing HCC funded project for the past 3 years called Hello Hobart. It is designed to promote and support Hobart small businesses. It’s a program that costs ratepayers $70,000 per annum.  However, very few small business owners have ever heard about it. Hello Hobart is centered on a very small area in the CBD.  The borders are Harrington, Argyle, Brisbane and Macquarie Streets.  Only businesses in that area have had access to free online and social media promotions, interviews, networking events and training. The select group of businesses don’t pay a fee for all this extra support, they just happen to be located in the right place. I operate a small firm just two blocks outside of this small exclusive border. Along with many other business owners including retail, hairdressing, cafés and restaurants none of us are considered “Hobart” enough by the Hobart City Council to access this support. We are also...
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The Darker Side of Council

As wonderful as it was to read the article ‘Crackdown planned for lying short-stay accommodation providers’[1] it is really only half the story. There is another rather sad and darker side. Before Louise Bloomfield nominated as a candidate for Deputy Major and Alderman for the Hobart city council she spent months attending council meetings as part of her due diligence. ‘I wanted to see how best I could contribute to Council and represent the rate-payers’ views’ she explained. It was during those meetings Louise Bloomfield witnessed political decision making that she felt was not always in the best interest of ratepayers. On the 21st of May within the planning section of the meeting two applications for the short term accommodation permit were put forward.  One application was located in Battery Point , the other in Mount Stuart.[2] Both were recommended for approval by the planning authority and they were submitted to council for final consideration. Neither residence had a parking space on the property for the tenant. ...
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Let’s plan for Children being able to enjoy the CBD too

‘Facilities for small children have been left to grow old and fairly much be forgotten by the Hobart City Council’.  Said Louise Bloomfield, a candidate for Deputy Mayor and Alderman for Hobart City Council. Back in the 1980’s the Elizabeth Street had the most exciting installation being a wooden ship for small children to climb over, under and generally play for hours.  There was also the fountain in the Cat and Fiddle square which no doubt most of us might remember splashing their siblings (and parents) with the streams of water whilst we listened to the nursery rhyme on the hour. Today its not so grand if you are a kid.  The only obvious play area is hidden away in Wellington court and its certainly seen better days. Hobart City Council should be investing in at least 3 installation series in the Hobart CBD to allow for tired parents and excitable children to enjoy the city public spaces as much as anyone. ‘My vision...
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Removing the word Alderman demeans us all.

Louise Bloomfield is mounting a defense of the title Alderman amid a populist grab for headlines by a small group who want to see it changed. “Come October I hope to become an Alderman and proudly join the ranks of women who have been taken on the title for the past 70 years,” Ms Bloomfield said. “As Alderman I will be responsible for protecting our cities heritage; built, environmental and cultural. “In a cheap bid for votes, a small, vocal minority is attacking our cultural heritage” At each meeting of the council, the elders of the traditional owners of the land are acknowledged. Likewise we acknowledge the traditions and history dating back before England, to Anglo-Saxon times 800AD with the title Alderman. This word links back to the more archaic form Ealdorman. Ealdor for chief, boss, leader.  It did not mean you owned land, but was a title of authority and respect. “This is not first time the council has considered discarding the title,” Ms Bloomfield said. “A...
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Free buses promise not the imprimatur of the Hobart City Council

LORD mayoral candidate Marti Zucco says promises of free bus services by some candidates at this month’s Hobart City Council elections are little more than deceptive promotion. “While trying to resolve Hobart’s traffic problems is within Hobart City Council’s reach, running or promoting free public bus services is neither the role nor the responsibility of the Council. “Candidates who promise this are simply engaging in a vote-grabbing exercise when they know they can’t deliver. “Do they expect the ratepayers of Hobart to pay for services that are properly the responsibility of Metro and the State Government? The City of Hobart is already facing mounting debt which will have to be passed on to ratepayers in the future.  These sorts of promises will only exacerbate that situation. “If elected Lord Mayor I will work together with the State Government on a full range of issues and most particularly to manage our traffic problems. Collaboration between the State Government and other councils is the key to finding...
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Affordable & rental housing development options

New proposed “heads of agreement” Legislation Alderman Marti Zucco will be seeking new powers for Councils under State legislation to allow Councils to negotiate a “heads of agreement” with developers that provide affordable housing and rental accommodation as part of their respective developments. Alderman Zucco said that currently Councils do not have the power to reach agreements with any size developer that provides affordable or rental housing There is an opportunity to provide bonus plot rations, density or building envelope bonuses and or increased heights subject to conditions where developers provide these type of housing stock for the market. I am seeking a report that provides options for the Council to seek State Government support for legislative changes that gives the Council a “Head of Power” under the Local Government and/or Land Use Planning and Approvals Acts specifically allow the Council to require the provision of, or the contribution for, affordable and/or long term rental apartments/housing in certain developments and or precincts. That the report...
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Take Tasmanian planning decisions out of council hands

MARTI ZUCCO, Mercury September 18, 2018 12:10am THE issue of council amalgamations has been a consistent talkfest in Tasmania over more years than I care to remember. Indeed it will be a political maelstrom for any government to force local government reform. However, the time has come for action rather than words, particularly in the area of planning approvals. The latest suggestion for voluntary amalgamations has dismally failed, so where to from here? I prefer to see a system of restructure of local government rather than all-out amalgamation, particularly on planning applications. A regional approach should be implemented immediately to deal with planning fiascos that have been occurring in local government. There is clear evidence politics is playing a role in planning decision-making. This is not good governance. Those who are making planning decisions based on lobbyists, or indeed their own views, are not being honest with the community they say they represent. When a qualified officer’s planning advice is overturned, most of the time it’s...
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Short stay International students could decide Hobart’s council

September 14th 2018 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tasmanians may not be aware that people who do not hold Australian Citizenship or even permanent residency have the right to vote in council elections. This means that anyone who occupies a property within the Hobart municipality has the right to vote at our imminent Hobart City Council election including foreign students and people who may be here for a short period of time. This is of serious concern to candidate for Deputy Mayor and Alderman Martin Waldhoff. “My understanding is that prior to our last council election, the Greens pushed for legislative change to allow any resident living in Hobart to have the right to vote,” he said. “I have been contacted by concerned citizens who understand there are as many as 6,500 international students enrolled at UTAS and other education institutions living in Tasmania who are allowed vote if they register on the General Manager’s roll.” “The concern is that, with our Hare-Clarke voting system, the quota...
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Short term pain. Hobart’s housing crisis set to sting as summer approaches.

Local and interstate investors are keen to snap up sparse property morsels in the northern suburbs to take advantage of the critical housing market, said property consultant and Deputy Lord Mayor and Alderman candidate Martin Waldhoff. “This comes on the back of strong inner-city housing demand, partially driven by high seasonal need for short term (holiday) accommodation,” he said. High returns on holiday accommodation coupled with limited public education around Tasmania’s short stay legislation have contributed to an increasing number of unregistered holiday properties effectively displacing long term residents. Property owners are unwittingly flaunting Legislation as it is common belief that short-term accommodation is broadly “permitted use” in Hobart. “This only applies to owner occupied properties renting out up to four rooms or a granny flat. Larger undertakings, shacks and investment properties will require registration with local government. We need to achieve a healthy balance between holiday accommodation and homes for residents to keep our city vibrant,” says Mr Waldhoff. Martin Waldhoff is standing in...
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