How the Launceston City Deal will be delivered
The Launceston City Deal brings together the Commonwealth Government, the Tasmanian Government and the City of Launceston with local institutions, businesses and the community.
The City Deal provides common objectives across levels of government, support for key industry and employment centres, infrastructure investment linked to broader reform and changes to planning and governance arrangements to deliver enduring benefits.
The role of the governments is to ensure the right supports, programs and policies are in place to achieve the objectives.
An Executive Board supported by a Community and Business Advisory Group will provide a co-ordinated governance structure and accountability model. The Executive Board will report to the Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, the Tasmanian Treasurer and the Mayor of Launceston.
The Launceston City Deal Executive Board, represents key investment partners and will ensure co-ordinated and accountable delivery of the five-year City Deal.
The Executive Board comprises of:
- The Commonwealth Government Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities (co-Chair)
- The Tasmanian Government Office of the Coordinator-General (co-Chair)
- The Commonwealth Government Department of Education and Training
- The City of Launceston
- The University of Tasmania
The Executive Board will coordinate the strategic vision and drive economic outcomes for the major investments in the City Deal and in particular, will oversee progress of the City Deal’s major investments, including:
- the relocation and redevelopment of the University of Tasmania’s main Launceston campus at Inveresk
- the City Heart project
- the Regional Economic Development Strategy
- the Northern Suburbs Revitalisation Plan
- the Jobs Pathways Director
- the Tamar Estuary Management Taskforce, the River Health Action Plan and investments to reduce pollution in the Tamar Estuary and its catchments.
A Community and Business Advisory Group will support the Executive Board, with members from key City Deal partners, such as Northern Tasmania Development Corporation and the Launceston Chamber of Commerce.
The Executive Board will provide a co-ordinated governance structure and accountability model.
The initial focus will be to deliver the City Deal’s objectives and commitments between April 2017 and April 2022. Progress will be monitored annually and formally reviewed after the first three years. At this time, priorities will be reconsidered and next steps established.
The Executive Board will meet in Launceston twice in the first year and then annually each remaining year of the City Deal. The outcomes of each meeting will inform broader Launceston City Deal progress reporting. There will be annual public reports on progress of the Launceston City Deal against measures of success.
First Progress Report
The inaugural Annual Progress Report for the Launceston City Deal was released on 13 July 2018. It identified the key achievements since the City Deal's signing and updated the key milestones to be delivered over the next 12 months.
City Deal partners:
- Are investing $95 million to improve the health of the Tamar Estuary. The Tamar Estuary Management Taskforce delivered the River Health Action Plan to improve the governance and coordination of policy actions. The Plan was released in February 2018 and the Australian and Tasmanian Government's committed to a joint investment to deliver the Plan’s 12 recommended projects.
- Are improving the livability of the Launceston city centre. Stage 1 of the City Heart project has passed the halfway mark. The Civic Square reconstruction is nearing completion and progress has been made on other significant projects, including commencing the Brisbane Street Mall redevelopment.
- Settled the funding and land titles to support the University of Tasmania to relocate its main campus from Newnham to Inveresk. The project is receiving a total of $260 million, the largest single infrastructure investment in Launceston’s history.
- Are making Launceston a Smart City by investing $3.5 million to the Greater Launceston Transformation Project. The project includes five 3D digital city models, people movement analytics, and an intelligent digital city roadmap. This is on top of delivering a new Low-Power Wide-Area Network (LoRaWAN) and a range of other ‘smart city’ and data related commitments, including the release of 34 Launceston datasets on data.gov.au.