Council readies to sign City Deal

Published on 03 April 2017

The City of Launceston has voted to endorse the signing of a Launceston City Deal agreement with the State and Federal Governments in coming weeks.

The Launceston City Deal is a formal commitment between the Commonwealth of Australia, the State of Tasmania and the City of Launceston to deliver common goals, unlock growth, improve liveability and promote economic development.

Launceston is one of only three cities in Australia so far to be included in negotiations in the City Deal program, itself an outcome of the Federal Government's 2016 Smart Cities Plan.

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said the Launceston City Deal encompassed projects like the $18m first stage of the Launceston City Heart Project and the $260m University of Tasmania new northern campus project, as well as identifying future strategic projects for the city.

"The term of the Launceston City Deal is five years, with scope for further engagement at the end of that timeframe," Mayor van Zetten said.
"There is a major focus on job creation and investment in intergenerational infrastructure projects.

"However, the deal also includes initiatives across regulatory, environmental, social, cultural and economic spheres.

"It is, quite simply, a paradigm shift in terms of delivering an outcomes-focused strategic framework for the City of Launceston.

"The City of Launceston has been working very closely with other tiers of government to finalise the Launceston City Deal, and we look forward to further announcements in the near future."