City Deal Implementation



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 coordinated governance structure and accountability model.  The Executive Board will report to the Australian Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure, the Tasmanian Minister for State Growth and the Mayor of Launceston.

Launceston City Deal Executive Board

The Launceston City Deal Executive Board, represents key investment partners and will ensure co-ordinated and accountable delivery of the ten-year City Deal. 

The Executive Board comprises of:

  1. The Commonwealth Government Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities (co-Chair)
  2. The Tasmanian Government Office of the Coordinator-General (co-Chair)
  3. The Commonwealth Government Department of Education and Training
  4. The City of Launceston
  5. 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 My Place My Future Plan (Northern Suburbs Revitalisation Plan)
  • the Jobs Pathways Framework
  • the Tamar Estuary Management Taskforce, the River Health Action Plan and investments to reduce pollution in the Tamar Estuary and its catchments.

Community and Business Advisory Group

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.

Reporting and Accountability

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 2027. 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

Second Annual Progress Report

Two years in, and the City Heart project has revitalised Launceston’s CBD. The new Civic Square and Brisbane Street Mall redevelopments are complete and attracting people to enjoy great community events in modern and fun spaces.

All levels of government are committed to building a more prosperous economy, and to making Launceston one of Australia’s most liveable and innovative regional cities. We are looking forward to delivering the projects that will benefit Launceston—and the region—for decades to come.

Download the Second Annual Progress Report here.(PDF, 5MB)

Key achievements

  • 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 oppfortunities 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.

Over the next 12 months

  • The first sod will be turned on the Inveresk redevelopment, and construction will commence on the first stage: a new library and student experience building, and a pedestrian and cycle bridge that will connect Inveresk to the southern side of the North Esk River and—importantly— the city centre.
  • This project will be complemented by the Launceston Apprenticeship Pipeline project, job fairs and other job services so Launceston can maximise employment opportunities from the construction program, including for the local Indigenous community.
  • The My Place My Future Plan will be released, improving the opportunities to work, live and play north of the river.
  • The first water infrastructure projects will commence to improve the area’s combined sewerage and wastewater system. Together with the continuing environmental activities upstream, these projects will help the health of the Tamar Estuary.
  • The Launceston Cultural Strategy will be released and put into action.
  • Investments in and around the Newnham campus will be coordinated and linked to community needs and aspirations through a new masterplan.
  • The final stage 1 City Heart projects will be delivered, and work will begin to consider the next set of projects to continue to improve Launceston’s city centre.


City Deal progress report officially launched. Published on 27 August, 2019

My Place My Future to kickstart jobs, economy. Published on 27 August, 2019

Launceston launches revitalised shopping district. Published on 14 December, 2018

Cultural survey closing soon. Published on 13 November, 2018

Revamped Civic Square officially opened. Published on 09 August, 2018

Northern Suburbs plan launched for consultation. Published on 08 August, 2018

Macquarie House redevelopment underway Published on 26 July, 2018

Future MONA FOMA funding welcomed. Published on 22 June, 2018

Transformational projects taking shape across Launceston. Published on 18 June, 2019

Community celebration in Civic Square. Published on 08 June, 2018

Brisbane St Mall redevelopment underway. Published on 21 April, 2018

Preparatory works to start in Brisbane St Mall. Published on 13 April, 2018

Funding deal 'good news' for University relocation. Published on 16 January, 2018

Launceston ready to ignite in 2018. Published on 11 January, 2018

Civic Square redevelopment underway. Published on 10 July, 2017

Future of Paterson Barracks to be explored. Published on 28 June, 2017

Prime Minister, Premier and Mayor sign City Deal. Published on 20 April, 2017

Council readies to sign City Deal. Published on 03 April, 2017

AMC vital to Launceston: Mayor. Published on 29 March, 2017


For more information about the Launceston City Deal and the City of Launceston led commitments, please contact our Launceston City Deal Project Manager.