"The past ten years of strong national economic activity were a great opportunity for Tasmania to develop areas like Hobart's waterfront and the Parliament Square precinct, yet the State Government let this opportunity slip by, through a lack of leadership and a complete absence of vision.
"Today's announcement on the Parliament Square development is welcome, but many years overdue," Leader of the State Opposition, Will Hodgman, said.
"It also highlights the continued absence of a master plan to guide development on the waterfront.
"The Tasmanian Liberals have for years been urging the government to show leadership and vision in redeveloping the Hobart waterfront but Labor has failed to deliver.
"Now progress is at least being made at Parliament Square, but at a poor time for attracting the top investment dollar to our State, and in the absence of a waterfront master plan the Premier promised last year. He also promised a State Architect to help develop that plan, but that appointment has not been made either."