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Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

24 August 2017

Elise Archer, Speaker of the House of Assembly
Liberal Member for Denison

Madam Speaker’s common sense plan for Christmas Carols

Over the past few days I have been inundated with complaints about Hobart City Council’s decision to axe the annual Christmas carols.

Gathering in St David’s Park and other recent locations as a community was one of the best events of the year and it would be a shame to see this great community event lost.

There are other examples of successful Christmas carol events right around Tasmania.  I think one of the best models is the Launceston City Council model.  The Council itself provides a small financial contribution, but helps bring together the business community, who either contribute financially or provide services in-kind to help put on a great community event for families.

I have written today to the Hobart City Council, offering to facilitate a meeting between the Hobart City Council and the Hobart business community to discuss options for retaining the St David’s Park Christmas carols event.

I know there is a lot of goodwill out there in the business and broader community for this event to go ahead and I hope the Hobart City Council accepts my offer.

This event is far too important to the community to lose.  I hope that we can all work together so that this truly special Hobart event has a long-term future.

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