An artist’s impression of the design by Fender Katsalidis Architects shows the hotel jutting out across the Derwent River, like a shard cut from a red suspension bridge. The proposed HOMO [HOtel MOna] development plan is yet to be submitted to Glenorchy City Council. A public consultation will be also initiated. Walsh said “the build of HOMO is expected to take approximately three years from commencement and will create 300 new full-time construction jobs.
The project of David Walsh
When open, HOMO will deliver an additional 120 full-time jobs on an ongoing basis”. It will include a “private, members-only, high-limits, poker machine-free facility for non-Tasmanians” named “Monaco” which will be designed “as an ‘anti-casino’ and act as an outlet for art and design.” The “Monaco” casino “will help to pay for all this, Walsh said. He made his fortune by developing a gambling system used to bet on horse racing and other sports. MONA won the 2012 Australian Tourism Award for best new development and is a major Tasmanian tourist attraction. In the 2016 Australia Day Honours, Walsh was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for “distinguished service to the visual arts through the establishment of MONA, and as a supporter of cultural, charitable, sporting and education groups.”