Countdown on for Legana's new-look main street

Media Release

DC278/2017

18 September 2017

Joint release with:

Christina Holmdahl

Mayor West Tamar Council

David Bushby

Senator for Tasmania

Federal funding of $2.8 million has been approved to transform Legana's main street, in an upgrade that will provide long-term economic and social benefits to the town and its surrounding communities.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Australian Government was investing in infrastructure to deliver new and better roads throughout the nation.

“This upgrade was a 2016 election commitment by the Coalition, and today's announcement is that commitment delivered in full,” Mr Chester said.

“The scheduled works will breathe new life into Legana's main street and reinvigorate local businesses by way of new commercial and retail development, which will create jobs for locals and longterm benefits for the region.”

Liberal Senator for Tasmania David Bushby said Legana had expanded significantly in recent years and that this announcement represented delivery of yet another coalition election commitment.

“The funding will go towards construction of a new boulevard into Legana's town centre, easing road congestion and creating an alternative route off the West Tamar Highway which will be pedestrian and cyclist friendly,” Senator Bushby said.

“Legana is currently home to approximately 3,500 residents but over the next 10 to 15 years, that figure is expected to grow to over 10,000 residents. As such, it is critical the area has the infrastructure it needs to develop and reach its full potential as a key northern suburb of Launceston.

“In addition to the jobs that will flow from construction, the project will provide exciting opportunities to local businesses with the widening of footpaths allowing for more commercial activities such as on-street dining and markets.

“Further works included in the project are a signalised intersection at Freshwater Point Road, Legana Grove and Brigalow Street, realignment of a portion of Legana Grove, and general intersection and footpath improvements.”

West Tamar Mayor Christina Holmdahl said work was expected to start in early 2018.

“West Tamar Council is carrying out additional works which will work in with the project, including streetscape improvements and a new urban park. Overall completion of the project is expected by late 2019.”

The Australian Government has committed $2.8 million and West Tamar Council $1.73 million towards the $4.53 million project.