Some promising news on rents for the newly renovated shed on the Hobart Wharf. Hopefully this will mean more great events can go ahead.

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Shed rents rethink to aid events

THE State Government wants to maximise use of the newly upgraded Princes Wharf No. 1 shed and says it is committed to community events continuing to be held there.

Following a national public tender process it has appointed national firm Venue Management Services to manage and market the venue with Tasmanian firm National Strategic Services.

National Strategic Services was established in Hobart by Scott Ashton-Jones, George Rance and former MLC Peter McKay.

The Government was criticised this month after it emerged that rents for the shed had rocketed since the $15 million makeover.

Beerfest organisers said the rent for the two day event had jumped from $1500 last year to almost $30,000, but recently the organisers and a senior Government staff member appeared to have resolved the issue.

Tourism Minister Scott Bacon said an interim pricing policy was to be replaced by a new policy from January 1.

“The Government is 100 per cent committed to community events in the shed,” Mr Bacon said.

“What we will see with the new pricing policy is a much improved rate for community events.”

He said the Government wanted many more commercial and community events held.

Mr Bacon said the shed’s upgrade meant it could now be used for a far broader range of events, including commercial exhibitions, large scale theatre productions, conferences, dinners and community events.

Venue Management Services managing director Saxon Mitchell said the shed was now suitable for a wide range of events.

“Hobart’s local businesses will all benefit from the increased visitation to the city, especially restaurants, galleries and shops in the Salamanca area,” he said.

Immense interest in the venue had been shown by national associations for conferences and conventions that had not be able to come to Hobart before.

A new pricing policy is set to be introduced for the Princes Wharf No. 1 shed, making it more viable for community groups to hold events there.

Do you like attending events in the new shed? What do you think of the renovations?



Photo credit: Hobart Waterfront | Tourism Tasmania | Geoff Murray