The Taste of Tasmania is an important and iconic event for the State, and the Government encourages the Hobart City Council to formally engage with stakeholders and the industry to help find a way to still hold the event.
I have today had constructive and positive discussions with Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds regarding the future of the Taste.
I am firmly of the view that it is important for confidence that the Taste goes ahead in some form, noting it would need to be Covid-19 safe and guided by public health advice.
Accordingly, I have written to the Lord Mayor today and proposed that the HCC defer its consideration of the event until we can meet later this week to discuss the future of this iconic and important event for both Greater Hobart and the State.
In a Covid-19 environment different models will need to be considered, especially in relation to venues, participant businesses and patrons.
I am, however, positive that a Covid-19 safe model can be developed that successfully showcases the very best of Tasmania while supporting our economy and community.