THE Australian and Tasmanian governments have entered into an agreement to develop a City Deal for Hobart in partnership with local governments in the urban Hobart area.
In a statement last week, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Hobart is undergoing significant growth and development, and a City Deal will help to guide and sustain that development well into the future and ensure that Hobart's liveability is not compromised.
"The City Deal will provide the focus needed to ensure that the Commonwealth, State and local governments are all working together to ensure the Greater Hobart area benefits from the city's transition," Mr Turnbull said.
The City Deal will:
- Examine options to facilitate an Antarctic Precinct at Macquarie Point to harness the unique opportunities presented by the site.
- Create a Greater Hobart Transport Vision to guide a coordinated approach to transport planning, including assessing the feasibility of future public transport options such as busways, light rail or ferries. This will also include considering ways to support the future use of the northern suburbs rail corridor through improved amenity and greater residential options.
- Establish a Greater Hobart Act, to provide a strategic framework for local councils in the region and the State Government to work together to implement the objectives of the Hobart City Deal and complementary strategic land use planning outcomes.
- Examine options to facilitate the development of the University of Tasmania's STEM presence in the city, to support both regional and international education, and innovation growth.
- Explore options to support affordable housing in the Greater Hobart region.
In addition to these key focus areas, other projects that are consistent with the vision and objectives may also be agreed during the development of the Hobart City Deal.
Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding said a Hobart City Deal that incorporates Light Rail will be a game-changer for residents and businesses along the currently non-operational rail line.
"Light Rail would be a boon for all businesses, and especially those along the rail line in the northern suburbs as it gives people another avenue to get out, visit the suburbs and spend money in local shops and eateries," Mr Hidding said.
"With urban renewal and greater population density along this strategic transport corridor, the case for light rail will become compelling, and we will continue working with the Federal Government to progress the detail and bring this vision to reality."
More information about City Deals is available from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website at <https://cities.dpmc.gov.au/city-deals>.