First sod turned on North Bank Redevelopment

Media Release

DC416/2017

22 November 2017

Joint release with:

David Bushby

Chief Government Whip in the Senate
Liberal Senator for Tasmania

Peter Gutwein

Treasurer of Tasmania
Liberal Member for Bass

Albert van Zetten

Mayor of City of Launceston

  • Works underway on the $9.15 million Launceston North Bank Redevelopment
  • Project to create more than 20 jobs under the Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Package
  • Redevelopment to support 85,000 visitors per year

Once complete, the $9.15 million North Bank redevelopment will be the finest recreational space in Northern Tasmania, according to City of Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten.

Mayor van Zetten, Liberal Senator David Bushby and Tasmanian Treasurer Peter Gutwein will officially turn the first sod on work at the North Bank Redevelopment project today.

The project includes the construction of a pedestrian and cyclist bridge across the North Esk River, a major new all-abilities playground, wild core play zones, an events space, parkour and sport courts, barbecue facilities, car parking and much more.

It has been jointly funded by the Federal and State governments, and the City of Launceston.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, said the project was part of the Australian Government's plan to revitalise the Tasmanian economy.

“This project is being delivered under the $106.5 million Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Package, which is designed to boost the state's economy by supporting growth and development,” Mr Chester said.

“The project will create 17 jobs during construction along with another four permanent jobs once complete, which is great for the local economy.”

Liberal Senator for Tasmania, David Bushby, said the Federal Government committed $6 million toward the extensive upgrade which will create an outstanding place for locals and tourists to enjoy.

“The upgrades include a new river edge walkway and parkland along the North Esk River, as well as a playground area with cognitive, musical, and creative play elements, in addition to picnic shelters,” Senator Bushby said.

"Importantly, it transforms a space which for decades was largely an industrial area, closed off to the public, to really take advantage of its riverfront location.

“It will create a flexible and functional series of spaces on the northern edge of the city, to accommodate a variety of community recreation, events and activities.”

Treasurer and Liberal Member for Bass, Peter Gutwein, said that the commencement of the North Bank redevelopment was part of a building boom in Northern Tasmania.

“Just down the way we have the Silos Hotel steaming along, the C.H. Smith redevelopment is ahead of schedule and the UTAS Inveresk relocation will start next year—so Launceston is seeing more jobs and it really benefitting from a confident business environment,” Mr Gutwein said.

“When North Bank is complete, the second bridge will encourage even more people to enjoy this exciting river precinct.”

Launceston Mayor, Albert van Zetten, said the project would create a major new recreational hub for Launceston.

“The redevelopment will be a huge project for Launceston and once complete, will be one of the great attractions for children and families alike in our beautiful city,” Mayor van Zetten said.

"We are incredibly excited about this project, and the way it is going to transform a riverfront area of our city and open it up to new possibilities.

"Since the completion of the $58m Launceston flood levee reconstruction project, the city's riverbanks have been opened up to recreation in ways that were not previously possible.

"The North Bank redevelopment will be the centrepiece of what will be a wonderful, family-friendly hub of activity and enjoyment for the people of Launceston and Northern Tasmania.”

The project is expected to be completed by the middle of next year.