Sir Guy lodged an application for compensation in the Supreme Court on Friday, under the Land Acquisition Act 1993. The application was lodged on his behalf by law firm Toomey Maning and Co. It was also   lodged on behalf of Ken Hosking and Patricia Hosking, for an adjacent waterfront property.

The Greens live in a waterfront property in Battery Point with a rare title to the low water mark. The Hosking property also has a title to the low water mark.

After protracted negotiations stalled, the Hobart City Council last month compulsorily acquired the rock shelf between the high and low water marks to facilitate public access to the foreshore.

Sir Guy and the Hoskings wanted a total of $720,000. The Hobart City Council, under Lord Mayor Rob Valentine,  allocated a total of $80,000. The final compensation for acquisition has not been revealed.

Sir Guy, AC, KBG, CVO,  was Chief Justrice of Tasmania from 1973 to 1995, Governor of Tasmania from 1995 to 2003., and Administrator of   the Commonwealth in 2003 when the office of Governor General was   vacant. He has been President of the Tasmanian Bar Association,  Chancellor of the University of Tasmania and Chancellor of St John   Ambulance Australia.

Sir Guy is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Tasmanian Museum   and Art Gallery, Chairman of the Board of Tasmania’s Ten Days on the   Island cultural festival, a Board member of the Menzies Foundation,  chairman of the steering committee of the International Antarctic   Institute, Honorary Antarctic Ambassador for Tasmania and Honorary   Professor in the Antarctic Ecosytstems Co-operative Research Centre.

Dr Hosking, an engineer, is president of the Battery Point Sullivans   Cove Community Association and vice chairman of Friends of the   Foreshore. The committees of both groups are predominantly waterfront   residents, and oppose a built walkway along the foreshore of the   historic, inner city suburb.

Sir Guy and the Hoskings have chosen to apply under Section 42 1 D of   the Act, for a court determination of their entitlement to compensation. Because Sir Guy is a former Chief Justice of Tasmania,  the case will have to be heard by a judge from interstate.

Margaretta Pos

THE BIG guns are lined up in the battle over public access to the Hobart waterfront, with a former Governor of Tasmania and Chief   Justice, Sir Guy Green, taking action in the Supreme Court in Hobart against the Hobart City Council. Sir Guy is seeking compensation for a   strip of land compulsorily acquired by the Council.