City Heart Project beating new life into Launceston CBD

Media Release

FN111/2017

10 July 2017

Joint release with:

Angus Taylor

Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation

David Bushby

Senator for Tasmania Chief Government Whip in the Senate

Michael Ferguson

Tasmanian Minister for Information Technology and Innovation

Albert van Zetten

Mayor of the City of Launceston

The revitalisation of Launceston's CBD is well and truly underway with the first sod turned today on the $18.1 million Launceston City Heart project designed to draw people and business back into the city centre.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the project would support the growing Launceston community, ensuring it can reach its economic and social potential.

“The Launceston City Heart project and others like it are crucial if we want our communities to continue to grow and thrive across the jobs, industry, and innovation sectors,” Minister Nash said.

Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor said the official commencement of the City Heart project highlights another implementation milestone for the Launceston City Deal.

“The Coalition Government's $7.5 million investment in this project will help reposition Launceston's CBD as a competitive, vibrant and attractive retail and visitor experience,” Mr Taylor said.

Senator for Tasmania David Bushby said he was pleased that Vos Construction and Joinery, a family-owned Tasmanian company, would be part of the redevelopment of Civic Square.

“The redevelopment will be the largest Civic Square has seen since it was first declared "a place for people" in 1982. It will include three linked spaces comprising an events space, a family play area, and a dining and social gathering space,” Senator Bushby said.

Tasmanian Minister for Information Technology and Innovation Michael Ferguson said the State Government was a strong supporter of the project and the revitalisation of the city centre.

“The City Heart project will return $27.6 million to the economy and create 52 direct and 138 indirect jobs during construction.

“These along with a further 317 long term jobs through the operation of new retail, commercial and cultural facilities and an increase in tourism visitation will provide a crucial long-term economic boost for the region,” Mr Ferguson said.

City of Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said the design that has been drawn up for Civic Square is striking and contemporary and follows on from the successful revamp of the Quadrant Mall last year.

"It also has a nod to our past through symbolic references to the city's medical innovations, the streetscape of early Launceston, and the city's relationship to the three river systems that converge here,” Mayor van Zetten said.

The project forms part of the Coalition Government's City Deals initiative, with the initiative working hand-in-hand with the Government's significant regional investment programme being delivered under the 2017–18 Federal Budget.

The civic square redevelopment is expected to be complete in early 2018, weather permitting.

All aspects of the Launceston City Deal can be found at https://cities.dpmc.gov.au/launceston-city-deal.