Tasmania

Launceston, Tasmania

Tasmanian Government appoints Coordinator-General

THE Tasmanian Government last week announced the appointment of the state's first-ever Coordinator General, who will help to streamline the business environment, promote competitiveness and assist with the assessment and approval of investment opportunities.

In a statement, Minister for State Growth Matthew Groom said he was very pleased to announce the appointment of John Perry to the position of Coordinator General, who will commence the Launceston-based role in January 2015.

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Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

New assessment bilateral agreement in place for Tasmania

THE Tasmanian and Federal governments have now created a 'one-stop shop' for environmental assessments in Tasmania, with Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt and Tasmanian Environment Minister Matthew Groom signing a new assessment bilateral agreement.

The new agreement creates a single environmental assessment process that allows the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment to rely on specified environmental impact assessment processes of Tasmania in assessing certain actions under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

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Hobart, Tasmania

Tasmanian Planning Minister outlines next steps for planning system

TASMANIAN Planning Minister Peter Gutwein last week outlined details of proposed changes to the state's planning system, saying that the government believes the proposed reforms will create jobs and help unlock the state's economic potential.

"As the first major step I will be introducing legislation later this year that will draw a line under the previous Labor-Green Government's planning process and enable the government to bring this process to a close," Mr Gutwein said.

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Cover of 'Devonport LIVING CITY Master Plan

Devonport City Council endorses $250m LIVING CITY master plan

DEVONPORT City Council last week unanimously endorsed the master plan for the $250 million LIVING CITY project, which aims to transform the city through the creation of new retail, business/service and waterfront precincts.

The councillors voted in support of the master plan on the condition that there is further investigation into incorporating the Devonport Regional Gallery into the cultural waterfront precinct, after strong support for the move was received during the community consultation period.

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Bay of Fires, Tasmania

Minister reveals strong interest in plans to transform Tasmania into 'environmental tourism capital'

TASMANIA'S Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Matthew Groom, last week said there has been 'significant interest' from investors and tourism operators in an Expressions of Interest process for new tourism infrastructure in the state's National Parks and World Heritage Area.

Mr Groom said that as the State Government takes action towards transforming Tasmania into the 'environment tourism capital of the world', it was revealed in an Estimates hearing last Tuesday that 87 enquiries and requests for additional information have been received so far.

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Tasmania's 2014-15 Budget includes $3.2m to establish Infrastructure Tasmania

IN its 2014-15 Budget released last week, the Tasmanian Government has allocated $3.2 million over four years to establish Infrastructure Tasmania (ITas), which will provide expert advice on infrastructure priorities and improve the overall coordination, planning and delivery of major infrastructure.

Premier Will Hodgman congratulated Treasurer Peter Gutwein on delivering the Liberal Government's first State Budget since gaining power in March this year and described it as a budget that "delivers on our promises, fixes the budget mess and lays the foundations for the future."

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Shared Vision for Hobart's Macquarie Point project released

TASMANIAN State Growth Minister Matthew Groom last week described the release of the Shared Vision for the Macquarie Point development project as a major milestone in the progression of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Hobart.

In a statement, Mr Groom said the Shared Vision is the result of substantial community and stakeholder consultation undertaken by the Macquarie Point Development Corporation. The Shared Vision aims to provide a reflection of the aspirations for the site and a guide as to what can be expected in the future.

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Draft bilateral agreement released for 'one-stop-shop' environmental approvals in Tasmania

THE Tasmanian and Federal Governments last week said they are now one step closer to creating a 'one-stop shop' for environmental assessments and approvals, following the release of a draft approval bilateral agreement for public comment.

The draft approval bilateral agreement provides for the accreditation of Tasmanian processes for approval of proposed actions that would otherwise be assessed by the Australian Government for approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

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Devonport City Council releases LIVING CITY Master Plan

DEVONPORT City Council last week released its LIVING CITY Master Plan, which aims to transform the city through the creation of new retail, business/service and waterfront precincts and is expected to generate $250 million in investment over a five to eight-year construction period.

The Master Plan provides a high-level view of the three proposed precincts – Business and Services, Retail and Waterfront - which are centred on highlighting Tasmania's North West region and its tourism, arts, food and services.

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Tasmanian Government releases 'discouraging' Hobart light rail report

NEW and improved bus services and updated planning controls and policies including measures to encourage infill development and increase density have been identified as key actions necessary to support the future development of a light rail system in Hobart.

The findings are contained in three reports prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) after the firm was engaged to complete a Strategic Assessment, Preliminary Planning and an assessment of the Wider Economic Benefits & Funding and Financing Options for the proposed 'Riverline' light rail service between Hobart's CBD and the northern suburbs.

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Tasmanian Government releases more details about Planning Reform Taskforce and Department of State Growth

THE Tasmanian Government has announced the membership of its new Planning Reform Taskforce, as well as revealing more details about the new Department of State Growth and an expanded HomeShare program.

Treasurer and Minister for Planning and Local Government Peter Gutwein this month said the Planning Reform Taskforce will be responsible for providing advice on the development and implementation of a single state-wide planning scheme that is fairer, faster, cheaper and simpler.

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Consultants appointed to help deliver Hobart's Riverline light rail project

TASMANIAN Sustainable Transport Minister Nick McKim this month announced that the proposed Riverline light rail system has reached another important milestone, with consultants hired to help plan and deliver the major project.

Mr McKim said Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) has been appointed for $135,000 and will help the government prepare a submission "that the Federal Government simply can't refuse." He added that PwC is ideally suited for the project, with the company having previously advised on major light rail projects in Sydney, Parramatta and on the Gold Coast.

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Tasmanian Government launches Major Development Infrastructure Assistance Fund

THE Tasmanian Government last week said it is acting to stimulate millions of dollars' worth of private investment through the launch of the Major Development Infrastructure Assistance Fund (MDIAF), which will provide one-off relief for infrastructure costs associated with major development projects.

Premier Lara Giddings said grants of between $100,000 and $1 million are now available to encourage developers to bring forward projects that have the potential to generate immediate and ongoing economic activity. The Fund is expected to distribute at least $2 million in total.

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