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Placemakers vision


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Placemakers vision

  1. 1. F O R T A S M A N I A T O G E T H E R TASMANIA, AS AN ENVIRONMENT FOR LIVING A PLACEMAKER'S VISION OUR OWN UNIQUE LOCALE This island(s) and its people are unique in the world. Uniqueness characteristics arise from individuality in personalities and places. In fact all islands and isolated locales are unique…..for the time being at least. There are global pressures swamping them. Broadly these pressures are not forced on we Australians. Our politics allow them. Our own uniqueness has an appeal to us and our visitors. If our uniqueness changes it may still appeal. The world is changing. It's really changing. There are not only items of staggering progress. There are horror movies right there on your TV screen. Individuality is a critical part of life. We seek to safeguard our uniqueness. We all love it. They all love it. We know we love Tasmania as a naturally bountiful island. We love the enjoyable travel between unique townships. We love the townships and their hinterlands. We love the wilderness locales. The tourists love it all too. There is so much unique diversity in such a small place. The unique character of our island locale is the counter-balance of the usual mega-city. Our locale is a place of which people may dream as they step off a subway. This place has real value in the global culture….value in its convenient compact country comforts and island air so close to mega-cities and red desert. T A S M A N I A B E C O M E S A N I N S I D E - O U T M E G A - C I T Y It takes hours for people to get to work in Melbourne. The trip from Campbell Town to most places on the main island of Tasmania is pretty much as quick. We note it's a lot more enjoyable. As a base for our state-wide future we have our natural, anthropological and colonial heritage. These are the meaning and worth of our environment. We have existing urban infrastructure right across the State. We have vision. As we would renovate a precious heritage property for a new day, so we must renovate the urbanised landscape of this State. The whole State is renovated to become a city. Envisage the "City of Tasmania". The 'botanical gardens' of the City of Tasmania are not as usual located in an urban sprawl. The precincts of the City of Tasmania are in fact towns and locales. They are nestled in the 'botanical gardens', the Tasmanian countryside. Our garden ranges through raw wilderness, pasture and refined horticulture. How often do the people of the east of Sydney travel for hours to get to the west? This inside-out mega-city, the City of Tasmania, is designed to foster locale, home, identity and local culture. It's for township lifestyle rather than satellite suburbs. The townships complement each other as precinct components of the City. They facilitate access for hinterland recreation and tourism. The place remains beautiful and conveniently accessible. Dare we rename our unique city-place to, say, 'Gondwana', or 'Island City', to commit to this new day? Some new small centres are built to support viability of the City. Our existing towns, dams, universities, wilderness, beaches etc are united into the wholistic City of Gondwana. Gondwana is planned wholistically, yet in the face of corruption and folly it is no utopia. It is controlled by a proper political order bound to give ultimate choice to the people of its precincts, our unique locales. St Marys and its hinterland, the National Parks, metropolitan Launceston, Port Arthur, King Island and so on are precincts of this ultimate mega-city. As the City grows and refines, the precincts are further developed. The best of their unique inherent character and resources is conserved and honed for optimum healthy local life. From this base agreed developments occur so that the precinct townships and facilities increase their mutual viabilities. Selected industrial proposals are redirected from the larger centres to appropriate smaller ones. This redirection curbs urban sprawl on one hand and fosters another locale on the other. Any other considerations are but politic. It may well be that some towns die. Heritage considered, certainly the viable will flourish and new ones will be born. Some towns are global education facilities with few long term residents…..people arriving and departing. The design of Gondwana shall enable the country youth to stay, if they wish, at home. They may work with their childhood friends, visit their cousins, play the traditional football match with neighbouring regions and effect new tradition and heritage for their locale. There is no anonymity, alienation or traffic jams. Sprawling suburbs in Hobart and Launceston have shrunk as the new organization encourages some to relocate 'sea-change' style. Most towns are rearing youth who are content and even proud of staying learning and continuing the crafts and specialties of home. This with TV, libraries and the internet is quite satisfactory for them. If the university or TAFE is more than an hour away they have other options. This is a real world. The population of the City easily doubles that of the old failed frail and hopeless "regional/rural communities" state model. Our own special cultures run rampant, rather than dwindle and die from centralization policies. Gondwana has limited it's
  2. 2. precinct-town growth to between 5,000 and 150,000 people depending on design and location. The choking people from other mega-cities come here in droves for R & R. In turn because Gondwana has no usual mega-city resource in-house we forge resource access relationships with Melbourne and Sydney. Toss in a twenty year employment project during the coming global transition depression and the City of Gondwana is skirted by monorail. Gondwana has survived the World Trade Organisation regimes by ensuring every settlement precinct has its own potato patch. It has broadcast its fundamental belief in "locale ahead of world trade". This has increased its uniqueness, self esteem and visitor appeal. Tasmania revamped - saving our dieing towns, natural beauty and lifestyle viabilities. A city in urban design theory only. In reality a magic island(s) with humane global villages. SNAPSHOTS  POLITICS The beginnings of the Gondwanian urban revolution lies in the establishment of satisfactory political and advisory bodies. It began with the establishment of the Consolidated Tasmania Committee. The Committee is comprised of representatives of community groups, local councils, regions, State and Federal interests. All urban development and funding decisions are considered for optimum benefit to the whole island(s). The local communities are empowered to refuse or propose any development they desire. The State community must work around the desire of individual locales. The Committee originally set out to bolster the townships. Gondwana was the logical outcome.  "REGIONAL/RURAL" RACISM It took a while but eventually it was realized that there was no such thing as a regional town. There were small country communities discriminated against through centralization policy.  ROADS Some towns and regions have opted to limit highway design to maintain the meander of the country.  HI-TECH MEGA-BUILDING The Strathgorden Dam has become part of an exceptional hi-tech, clean green, mega-structure- town catering to 25,000 local residents and an equal number of visitors. Vehicular access is limited to service vehicles, trains, VWs and taxis and this excludes ministerial cars. An air strip is secreted in the hills. The town is a magnificent looking thing. The dam waters flow through the complex generating positive ions, electricity, hydraulic power, indoor pools and streams, hydroponic gardens and aquariums. All vegetables, drinking water and wines are in-house. Trout cuisine has developed a local dialect. There are broad floating public spaces at the dam surface creating a vibrant interface with the mega- building. Water skiing, fishing, boating and swimming are close at hand. Canals and pavilions intersperse these wharf areas. Gondoliers dressed in thyalacine patterned coats croon the tourists. An hydraulic lift zips down many levels to the valley below and a whole new rain forest suburb thrives. This place has become known the world over as the "Lodge of a Last Wilderness". It's a place people just don't want to leave. But maybe it should be somewhere else.  GRASS ROOTS PARADISE TOWN In this scenario the old town of Bicheno hasn't changed all that much. It has finally taken heed and updated some community town design work it undertook some years ago. There's a new very subtle and organic but spacey looking hospitality building on Peggys Point. There's plenty of electronics but TVs are banned in the town centre and so are cars. There are bikes and tents everywhere. People are welcomed to camp properly in the heart of town. It sees many a concert and theatre weekend drawing out colloquial culture from the regional woodwork. An abundance of locally endemic shrubs and trees are protected from bitumen and trample in the town centre. Many children aspire to carry on the fishing traditions. In this scenario they are fighting to keep a small population in the face of demand for settlement.  CHANGING ROLES Hobart the prettiest of all and not so much a capital but a place of established infrastructure has firmly ceased expansion into its bushlands. It has been remodeled to celebrate its original landscape. The Cove escarpment has been significantly interpreted as a sculptured pedestrian bridge rising from the Town Hall through the old Hydro Building and coming to ground behind Parliament House. This occurred only as a result of Hobart's modified role priorities as the place of the Western beginnings. It was a resolution of the new Gondwana urban design politics.  GLOBAL PRESSURES Transnational companies offering huge money to Gondwana have had their development applications rejected because they fly in the face of the delicate values of locale. M. John Latham 3.5.2000 Supporting "A Special State's Special Towns" 6265 1420 PO Box 54, Sorell 7172