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

  • The City Heart project is bringing new life to Launceston's city centre. It includes the revitalisation of both the Brisbane Street mall and Civic Square, which are now complete. The first public event at the new Civic Square—a winter night market—attracted more than 4,000 people and a range of local food vendors and local musicians.
  • The first projects under the Greater Launceston Transformation Project are also complete, including a digital twin of the city (including 2D and 3D models) and smart technologies to support the industries of the future.
  • The first River Health Action Plan commitments have commenced with the launch of the Tamar Action Grants program. This provides incentives for graziers and dairy farmers to stop pollutants entering the Tamar's catchment. More than 100 expressions of interest in the program have already been received.
  • A new precinct plan was released and the first development application for the University of Tasmania's Inveresk campus has been lodged. A range of new courses are also underway to leverage the economic opportunities in and around Launceston.
  • The Launceston Apprenticeship Pipeline Project has also commenced and will help the construction industry train more apprentices across different projects. Ultimately, this will lead to a more capable local workforce, ready to take on bigger and more complex projects.

Timeline

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