Tasmania’s tallest tower has been officially unveiled at a ceremony in Townsville.
The Tasmanian Devils Tower, which will rise more than 2,500 metres (8,000 feet) above ground in the Townsville suburb of Lismore, has been given the green light by the State Government.
“Tasmania is known for the Devil’s Tower, one of the most iconic and enduring Tasmanian buildings,” Tasmania’s Minister for Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, Michael Ferguson, said in a statement.
“The new tower will be the tallest building in the state.”
Mr Ferguson said the tower was “built on the principle that the state’s people, heritage and natural resources are not taken for granted”.
Tasmanian Government Chief Minister Peter Dunne said the Tasmanian Government had been working closely with the State and Tasmanian Rail to ensure the project was built on sound engineering.
“It is important that this project be built as a safe and secure undertaking and we have committed to building a safe, sustainable, and resilient Tasmanian structure,” Mr Dunne told the ABC.
“We are pleased to confirm that this undertaking will not require the building of any additional buildings.”
Mr Dunne has previously said the Government will not use its powers to raise capital from private developers.
Mr Ferguson has previously been critical of plans to build a new railway station in the town of Tenterfield.
The Government has said it will build the tower on an existing rail line and the new station is due to open in 2018.
The construction of the tower has attracted global attention and condemnation from many environmental groups.
The State Government has previously defended the project saying it would be built on land that had already been logged.
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