Tasmanian Government hands down 2012-13 Budget

THE Tasmanian Government last week handed down its 2012-13 Budget, saying it will boost support for Tasmanians in need while prioritising core health and education services.

Premier Lara Giddings said the Budget strikes the right balance between protecting vital services while continuing to provide responsible financial management in the face of significant economic challenges.

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Auditor-General releases report examining Tasmania's land-use planning application system

TASMANIA'S Auditor-General, Mike Blake, last week released a report following an assessment of the performance of Tasmania's land-use planning application system at the whole-of-state and local levels, which Deputy Premier Bryan Green said confirmed government reforms were targeting key areas where Tasmania's planning system could be improved.

Mr Blake concluded that the performance of the state entities audited was "reasonable", but the audit identified a number of improvements that should be taken into consideration as planning reforms currently under way in the state progress and are finalised.

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Northern Tasmanian councils present new planning schemes to government

THE Tasmanian Government said another major milestone in the overhaul of Tasmania's planning system has been reached, following the handover of the first new planning schemes for local councils.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Planning Bryan Green last week received draft interim planning schemes from seven of the eight northern councils.

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Tasmania releases draft Residential Development Strategy

TASMANIANS have been invited to have their say on the Tasmanian Government's new blueprint for the future of social and affordable housing.

The draft Tasmanian Residential Development Strategy, which was launched last Friday by Human Services Minister, Cassy O'Connor and State Architect, Peter Poulet, aims to support State and regional settlement strategies and develop a broad vision for the provision of housing in Tasmania.

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Plans for $100m outlet centre at Hobart Airport announced

CONSTRUCTION on Tasmania's first dedicated outlet centre, Hobart Capital Outlet + Home, is set to commence early next year, with completion expected in late 2013.

It was announced this week that the $100 million outlet centre, adjacent to Hobart International Airport, will be developed in two stages, providing a total of 57,000 square metres of retail space.

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More reforms to Tasmanian planning system on the way

TASMANIAN Planning Minister Bryan Green yesterday said planning reform in Tasmania continued to gain momentum with the implementation of the new residential building code to cut costs and speed up approvals.

Mr Green said the new statewide single dwelling residential code (Planning Directive No. 4), which came into effect this week, will streamline approvals and cut red tape for residential development.

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Final report for Hobart light rail system released

A PROPOSED light rail service along Hobart's northern suburbs rail corridor would cost $80 million to set up and require $8.5 million in annual subsidies from the government.

These were the findings of a study that assessed the business case for a light rail passenger system which makes use of the existing rail corridor between Hobart and Brighton, the Northern Suburbs Light Rail System (NSLRS).

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New planning laws for Tasmania

TASMANIAN Planning Minister Bryan Green last week announced new Tasmanian planning laws that aim to streamline approvals and cut red tape for residential development.

Issuing the new Planning Directives, Mr Green said the major overhaul of the State's planning system would reduce compliance costs and speed up approvals for single dwellings.

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Economic evaluation of Hobart's light rail plan released

TASMANIAN Minister for Sustainable Transport, Nick McKim, yesterday announced that the Stage 3 report of the Light Rail Business Case has been completed.

The proposed light rail service (LRS) would see light rail trains using the existing rail corridor from Granton through to Mawson Place, Hobart.

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Tasmanian Budget 2011-12 released

THE Tasmanian Government today released its State Budget for 2011-2012, with Premier and Treasurer, Lara Giddings, saying the government is committed to building a better future through strong financial management.

Primarily blaming the ongoing impact of the global financial crisis for a significant deterioration in the State's financial position, the government has forecast a budget deficit of $113.8 million for 2011-12, with widespread cuts announced across the public sector.

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New planning scheme template introduced in Tasmania

TASMANIAN Planning Minister Bryan Green last week announced Tasmania's "biggest single planning reform to streamline approvals and facilitate development."

A new state-wide template will be incorporated into all future local council planning schemes to provide for a common state-wide framework, format and structure.

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New residential building code for Tasmania to be completed next month

TASMANIAN Planning Minister Bryan Green this week said that he expected a new streamlined approvals process for the residential building code to be completed next month.

Calling it an "important step forward as part of an overall planning reform package," Mr Green said the new state-wide residential code would cut costs and ease the regulatory burden for single dwellings.

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Hobart's Inner City Development Plan progresses with the release of the Gehl Report

HOBART City Council earlier this month released its study that was commissioned to internationally recognised urban planner and architect Jan Gehl. The study, titled 'Hobart 2010 Public Spaces and Public Life - a city with people in mind', took almost a year to develop and looks at the overall future of the city.

The study focuses on improving how people move around and enjoy the inner heart of Hobart and its links to outer areas and is the first stage of Hobart's Inner City Development Plan.

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