THE waterfront precinct concept plans for the Living City project in Devonport were unveiled for public feedback last week, showcasing the next stage of the project with a proposed waterfront hotel, apartments and public space.
Federal Regional Development Minister Fiona Nash said the Australian Government was thrilled to partner with the Tasmanian Government and Devonport City Council on the community-strengthening project.
"Devonport is already a beautiful city, and it's important to have modern facilities that showcase the region to attract tourists and businesses to again and again. It is a truly unique project that will open up the heart of Devonport to the waterfront," Ms Nash said.
Devonport City Council Mayor, Steve Martin, launched the plans for stage three, which include a waterfront hotel, riverside park, public pier, marina, public art display, amphitheatre and Tasmanian native garden.
"The Living City Waterfront Precinct represents an exciting opportunity for Council to revitalise the Devonport City centre through the creation of an enhanced public realm and creation of additional hotel accommodation," Cr Martin said.
"The entire project is estimated to generate $250 million in investments over a 5–10 construction period and provide up to 830 on-going jobs.
"With stage one of Living City under construction and the catalyst that will unlock prime waterfront land, it is great to see the development of such an important part of the City.
"Stage one will construct a 800 seat conference centre, commercial food pavilion, market square, 500 space multi-storey carpark, council offices and café.
"The design team have developed a great concept plan for the Waterfront Precinct that connects the City centre with the Mersey River, a long-held community desire and one of the key principles of the Living City Master Plan."
The $70 million stage one Living City project is being jointly funded by the Coalition Government ($10 million), the Tasmanian Government ($10 million) and the Devonport City Council ($50 million).
Works on the Waterfront Precinct could commence as early as 2019, subject to securing all necessary approvals, and will largely be funded by private investment.
More information is available from Devonport City Council's 'Speak Up Devonport' website at <http://www.speakupdevonport.com.au/>. The community consultation period closes on 8 February 2017.