Wind of change blows committee away

IN farewelling his failed Willow Court Committee tonight, Derwent Valley Mayor Tony Nicholson harked back to a speech used to herald the beginning of the end of Britain’s colonial era.

“The wind of change is blowing,” Cr Nicholson said, quoting the title of the famous address to the South African parliament by the then British Prime Minister Harold MacMillan in 1960.

Mayor Nicholson, who chaired the committee for about 18 months, delivered a parting serve at the Tasmanian Heritage Council, which he said had “stymied” the redevelopment of Willow Court redevelopment over the last four years.

The now defunct committee was established in 2006. Documents recently obtained under Freedom of Information show that the committee was convened six times by former mayor Nick Cracknell and five times by Mayor Nicholson. Despite the importance of the project, and growing public dissatisfaction, the committee had not met since June 2008. Cajoled into holding its first AGM last week, the meeting failed to attract a quorum and was abandoned.

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