Concept plans revealed for Devonport Living City Waterfront

Media Release

FN093/2016

08 December 2016

Joint release with:

Alderman Steve Martin

Mayor of Devonport City Council

  • Living City is the largest urban renewal project ever undertaken in regional Tasmania.
  • It will transform Devonport through the creation of new retail, business services and waterfront precincts.
  • It will benefit the entire North West region through economic, employment and tourism opportunities.

The waterfront precinct concept plans for the Living City project were unveiled for public feedback today, showcasing the next stage of the project with a proposed waterfront hotel, apartments and attractive public space in Devonport, Tasmania.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the Coalition Government was thrilled to partner with the Tasmanian Government and Devonport City Council on this community-strengthening project.

“I aim to build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and community facilities like this are a big part of that,” Minister Nash said.

“Devonport is already a beautiful city, and it's important to have modern facilities that showcase the region to attract tourists and businesses to again and again.

“It is a truly unique project that will open up the heart of Devonport to the waterfront.”

Devonport City Council Mayor, Alderman Steve Martin, today launched the plans for stage three, which include a waterfront hotel, riverside park, public pier, marina, public art display, amphitheatre and Tasmanian native garden.

“The Living City Waterfront Precinct represents an exciting opportunity for Council to revitalise the Devonport City centre through the creation of an enhanced public realm and creation of additional hotel accommodation.”

“The entire project is estimated to generate $250 million in investments over a 5–10 construction period and provide up to 830 on-going jobs,” Alderman Martin said.

“With stage one of Living City under construction and the catalyst that will unlock prime waterfront land, it is great to see the development of such an important part of the City.

“Stage one will construct a 800 seat conference centre, commercial food pavilion, market square, 500 space multi-storey carpark, council offices and café.

“The design team have developed a great concept plan for the Waterfront Precinct that connects the City centre with the Mersey River, a long-held community desire and one of the key principles of the Living City Master Plan.”

The $70 million stage one Living City project is being jointly funded by the Coalition Government ($10 million), the Tasmanian Government ($10 million) and the Devonport City Council ($50 million).

Works on the Waterfront Precinct could commence as early as 2019, subject to securing all necessary approvals, and will largely be funded by private investment.

The community consultation period will be open until Wednesday 8 February 2017, copies of the Waterfront Precinct concept plans are available from www.speakupdevonport.com.au