|Posted: March 5, 2008, 9:32 pm - IP Logged|
The Tasmanian Greens yesterday called for the introduction of a state lottery to raise funds to help restore Tasmania's crumbling heritage buildings.
Greens leader Peg Putt called her bold suggestion -- seemingly at odds with Greens' opposition to poker machines and gambling -- an "outside-the-square" solution to a serious problem confronting Tasmania.
Ms Putt pointed out that Western Australia and Britain both used national lotteries to fund historic building restoration and that such a remedy might have helped save Hobart's Holy Trinity church before it was too late.
"I don't know if that is the right mechanism, but I'm taking the bold step of advocating a state lottery as the first idea on the table to provoke discussion," Ms Putt said, calling for a taskforce to look at all funding options. "At least a Green proposing a gambling initiative may be enough to prompt reaction and some concentration on the heritage funding issue."