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Fire: Brown calls for a three-tiered response

Media Release
Bob Brown 23 Sep 2007

Sunday, 23 September 2007

Fire:  Brown calls for three-tiered response

All three levels of government – local, state and federal – should come together urgently to help the Hobart central business district recover from last night's devastating fire, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.
"The federal government has a role, because this is a devastating blow to the central business district of a capital city, with hundreds of jobs and dozens of businesses at stake.  It warrants national input and assistance. 
"The fire will ultimately affect the whole dynamic of Hobart's retail configuration, and at stake is the future of downtown Hobart.  It is likely some businesses will not be insured for loss of trade.
"It's not a cyclone or a bushfire, but it is a calamity with huge impact and I hope the Howard government will act quickly to help," Senator Brown said.
Greens State Leader and Member for Denison Peg Putt concurred with Bob and said it is imperative that a collaborative approach is taken to address the problems that arise for workers, for business, and for the future of central Hobart.
Further information, contact Emma Belfield           0400 181 748

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