Launceston City Deal

The Launceston City Deal is a ten-year plan to make Launceston one of Australia's most liveable and innovative regional cities, with growing incomes and falling levels of disadvantage.

The Australian and Tasmanian Governments and the City of Launceston are cooperating to deliver integrated investment and practical actions that build on Launceston's strengths and tackle key challenges.

The collaborative ten-year plan will maximise Launceston's potential by focusing on the following objectives:

  • jobs and skills growth
  • business, industry and population growth
  • a vibrant, liveable city
  • innovation and industry engagement
  • a healthy Tamar Estuary

To achieve these objectives we are revitalising the city, improving access to education and employment opportunities, stimulating economic growth and providing local industries and businesses with the confidence to make future investments in Launceston, and the region.

By working together, all three levels of government are ensuring the support, programs and policies are in place for Launceston to succeed.

Information on the Launceston City Deal can also be found on the Tasmanian Government’s Launceston City deal website.

Annual Progress Report

  • Construction commenced on one of Launceston’s largest single infrastructure projects, the University of Tasmania’s new inner city campus at Inveresk. Ground works commenced for the Library and Student Services building in January 2020 followed by the North Esk River pedestrian and cycle bridge in March 2020.
  • In just over 12 months since the launch of the Tamar Action Grants, NRM North has contracted with approximately 76 landholders resulting in over 175 km of waterways fenced and 698 hectares of native vegetation managed to improve water quality within the Tamar Estuary.
  • The 12-month program of investigations into the urban stormwater system in the Launceston and West Tamar region has successfully led to the identification and remediation of nine sewerage intrusions and two broken sewer mains. The success and cost effectiveness of the program has led to it being expanded to include additional stormwater catchments within the Launceston urban area.
  • An additional $44 million was committed to deliver the urban water infrastructure upgrades to Launceston’s combined sewerage and stormwater system.
  • My Place My Future was launched in August 2019, providing the vision and strategic actions to improve the economic and social outcomes in the Northern Suburbs of Launceston.
  • The Regional Economic Development Strategy was delivered by Northern Tasmania Development Corporation (NTDC) in December 2019, outlining a vision and the strategic priorities for economic development within Northern Tasmania.
  • The $90 million Launceston Creative Precinct was announced. The new Precinct will encompass world-class education in design and technology, a virtual and augmented reality enterprise, commercial offices, technology and innovation spaces, modern food and retail offerings, as well as student accommodation. The Precinct will also house the city's new bus interchange, which will increase the liveability and vibrancy of the city facilitating the continued roll-out of the City Heart street revitalisation works.

Timeline

  • Launceston City Deal signed
    20 April 2017
  • Implementation Workshop
    November 2017
  • Annual Progress Report
    2018
  • Annual Progress Report
    2019
  • Annual Progress Report
    2020
  • End of 10 years of Launceston City Deal
    2027