Tasmanian developer abandons plans to name new hotel 'HoMo'

Developers are now calling it Motown until a final decision is made.
Developers are now calling it Motown until a final decision is made. Photo credit: MONA

Plans to name a new multi-million dollar hotel in Tasmania 'HoMo' have been scrapped after local opposition to the title.

The name came from the hotels location, Hobart's Museum of Old and New Arts, known as MONA.

Much like plans for the building itself, no decision around a new name has been finalised, but the project is now being referred to as 'Motown'.

A post on the MONA website didn't hold back when it came to explaining the choice of the original name, referring to the project's backer - professional gambler and millionaire, David Walsh.

"As much as we had meant the name very much in a celebratory way (we hoped the name would keep homophobes at bay), it was decided that it wasn't David's joke to make, what with his white man's sausage and all."

'Motown' will cost over AU$400 million to build, with developers deciding against including a casino in the precinct - which would have sped up their making their money back.

The designers have described the building plans as 'a shopping trolley that looks a bit like an inverted suspension bridge.'

The structure will stretch out 53m over the River Derwent.

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