Hobart City Deal

In February this year the Prime Minister, Premier and local mayors signed a commitment to Hobart in a landmark agreement.

Designed by three levels of government, the Hobart City Deal will secure the fast growing tourism and science industries that are key to Hobart and Tasmania’s future.

Now, just seven months later, we can show the people of Hobart just how this design will be turned into results.

The 10-year, $1.6 billion Deal will unlock the city:  tackling congestion bottlenecks; boosting tourism; and make the airport a true international gateway, which will drive scientific investment and create an extra 720 jobs.

Today’s release of the Implementation Plan sets out the next three years as the city deal is realised.

It will take Hobart from a great city, to an unbeatable one.

Most importantly it makes sure all city deal partners are accountable – it’s making sure we put our money where our mouth is.

We know what needs to be done to make this plan a reality, and the focus will be on key areas, backed with tangible actions to make sure we hit our marks.

Tasmania’s tourism industry already supports 42,000 jobs. That number will be boosted even further with a more direct gateway for international visitors and freight to be completed next year, with the start of international flights at Hobart Airport.

The business case for an Antarctic and Science Precinct will kick off before the end of this year.

This will help cement Hobart’s position as the gateway to the Antarctic and Southern Ocean including through establishing an Antarctic and Science Precinct.

As will the arrival of Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker, RSV Nuyina, due in Hobart in 2020. It will be the main lifeline to Australia’s Antarctic and sub-Antarctic research stations and the central platform of our Antarctic and Southern Ocean scientific research.

Back on dry land, a combined more than $890 million in significant infrastructure investment – including construction of the new Bridgewater Bridge, jointly funded by the Australian Government ($461 million contribution) and Tasmanian Government ($115 million) - will start works to bust congestion and encourage the uptake of public transport.

Part of the Greater Hobart Transport Vision, design of upgrades to Macquarie and Davey Streets will also commence this year, with construction expected to start as soon as possible. Similar timelines are in place for the Kingston congestion package.

Investment in affordable housing and improved planning is a key focus of the deal and is of increasing importance to the people of Hobart.

Building a more diverse, affordable and inclusive housing mix is underway with the signing of contracts to build at least 100 new dwellings. The Australia Government committed $30 million to construction which will be complete in 2021.

This is complemented by the Central Hobart Precinct Plan to be completed in 2021. The focus area includes 64 blocks between Davey Street, Burnett Street, Brooker Highway, Molle and Harrington Streets.

Activating the Northern Suburbs Transit Corridor with a $25 million boost from the Morrison Government- has been a long time coming.

We will have completed an options analysis on the most effective transport solution by the end of the year. Work will then get underway on a project plan to deliver the infrastructure needed.

A lot of the groundwork on a number of City Deal projects is already complete and this plan is a blueprint on how we will continue to build on Hobart’s position as a vibrant, liveable and investment-ready city

One of the great achievements already progressed, and now being implemented, is the Greater Hobart Act. The Act was collaboratively drafted and has now passed the Tasmanian Parliament, providing an enduring framework for strategic and shared integrated planning and decision making.

Like Launceston, which we are both well aware of the first-hand impacts the city deal has had there, Hobart will soon be thriving and benefitting from those same results.

In Hobart, and across southern Tasmania, there is plenty to be excited about.

Much of it thanks to the game-changer that is the Hobart City Deal.

A game-changer for Hobart, and a game-changer for Tasmania.

This City Deal has come together through the hard-work of both the Morrison and Hodgman Liberal Governments, and we look forward to continuing to deliver for the greater Hobart region in partnership with local government.

I encourage the people of Hobart to check out our plan at https://citydeals.infrastructure.gov.au/hobart