Alderman calls for Premier to step in and save Taste of Tasmania

Hobart City Council Alderman Marti Zucco says Premier Peter Gutwein needs to take a “leadership role” and intervene to ensure this year’s Taste of Tasmania goes ahead.

The plea follows the Council’s recent announcement it is ditching the festival and looking for another entity to take over.

“I’m of the firm belief that if the Premier takes the leadership role and moves swiftly with an interim authority … there is enough time to deliver an event in 2021,” Zucco told The Mercury.

Zucco said the council and state government should provide $500,000 each to deliver the five-day waterfront festival later this year.

“The Taste of Tasmania was an iconic part of the Hobart calendar for many years, and while the festival is no longer supported by the Hobart City Council, I do not want to see locals and businesses miss out on an event two years in a row,” he said.

Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds urged for caution in the next step of finding a suitable entity to deliver Taste of Tasmania.

“We need to ensure the future model is good for stallholders, producers, the public and the future managers of the Taste,” she said.

“But that doesn’t mean there’s not room for others to explore ideas for this year. These may be pop-up ideas just for this year that Council can provide some assistance to.”