Launceston City Deal

The Launceston City Deal is a five-year plan to make Launceston one of Australia’s most liveable and innovative regional cities, with growing incomes and falling levels of disadvantage.

The Australian and Tasmanian Governments and the City of Launceston are cooperating to deliver integrated investment and practical actions that build on Launceston’s strengths and tackle key challenges.

The collaborative five-year plan will maximise Launceston’s potential by focusing on the following objectives:

  • jobs and skills growth
  • business, industry and population growth
  • a vibrant, liveable city
  • innovation and industry engagement
  • a healthy Tamar Estuary

To achieve these objectives we are revitalising the city, improving access to education and employment opportunities, stimulating economic growth and providing local industries and businesses with the confidence to make future investments in Launceston, and the region.

By working together, all three levels of government are ensuring the support, programs and policies are in place for Launceston to succeed.

Annual Progress Report

This is the first Annual Progress Report on the Launceston City Deal, signed by the Australian and Tasmanian Governments and the City of Launceston in April 2017. It highlights the major successes achieved to date, and provides an overview of the current state of individual commitments. 

The first 12 months of implementing the Launceston City Deal has delivered some important results for the city. This includes significant investment to improve the health of the Tamar Estuary, and work to establish Launceston as a smart city.

The university relocation and urban infill initiatives are activating increased investment across Launceston. Since the City Deal was signed, the City of Launceston has approved numerous student and visitor accommodation developments. The willingness of the three levels of government to align program and policy is delivering results for Launceston.

Key achievements

City Deal partners:

  • Are investing $95 million to improve the health of the Tamar Estuary. The Tamar Estuary Management Taskforce released the River Health Action Plan to improve governance and coordination of policy actions. In February 2018, the Australian and Tasmanian Governments committed to a joint investment to deliver the Plan’s 12 recommended projects.
  • Are improving the liveability of the Launceston city centre. Stage 1 of the City Heart project has passed the halfway mark. The Civic Square reconstruction has been completed and progress has been made on other significant projects, including commencing the Brisbane Street Mall redevelopment.  
  • Settled the funding and land titles to support the University of Tasmania to relocate its main campus from Newnham to Inveresk. The project is receiving a total of $260 million, the largest single infrastructure investment in Launceston’s history.  
  • Are helping make Launceston a Smart City by investing $3.5 million in the Greater Launceston Transformation Project. The project includes development of five 3D digital city models, analysis of people movement around the city to support planning and other decision-making, and an intelligent digital city roadmap. This is in addition to delivering a new Low-Power Wide-Area Network (LoRaWAN) and a range of other ‘smart city’ and data related commitments, including the release of 34 Launceston datasets on, supporting city planning.
  • Are developing a more coordinated and integrated approach that supports emerging new technologies, entrepreneurship, and cultural development. These are key enablers to deliver City Deal projects. The ability to develop a single, coherent knowledge platform around latest technologies and sensing capabilities, is crucial in shaping the future of the city and the region. 

Next Steps

The Australian Government, the Tasmanian Government and the City of Launceston will continue to work collaboratively to deliver the City Deal's vision. Key actions over the next 12 months include:

Revitalising Launceston

  • Completing the design phase and commencing construction for the new University of Tasmania precinct at Inveresk. 
  • Completing the Brisbane Street Mall redevelopment under the City Heart Project.
  • Releasing of a community-led Master Plan for redevelopment of the Newnham campus site. 
  • Delivering the Northern Suburbs Revitalisation Plan to provide an integrated approach to the region’s planning, infrastructure, housing, and environmental needs. 
  • Delivering a Launceston Cultural Strategy to better coordinate and promote cultural events and invest in new cultural assets.

Jobs and Skills Growth

  • Setting out a vision for northern Tasmania to drive future economic growth and jobs through the Regional Economic Development Plan. 
  • Developing a business case for a Defence Force cadet facility in the Northern Suburbs. 
  • Developing a series of projects to support local job seekers, including ongoing support for an Entrepreneurship Facilitator and targeted employer and job seeker forums and activities to enhance local employment networks and opportunities.

Smart City

  • Completing the Greater Launceston Transformation Project. 
  • Increasing the use of the new LoRaWAN to collect and send information about a range of projects, such as: water quality monitoring in the Tamar, storm water level monitoring, traffic monitoring, vehicle tracking, virtual sensing and tracking, and analysis of logistics.

Improving the health of the Tamar

  • Working with TasWater to commence the planning and delivery of projects identified in the River Health Action Plan, including activities across the catchment, and improvements to the combined sewerage and storm water system. Construction work is expected to commence in 2019 and be undertaken over five years.

Making Launceston Liveable: the City Heart Project

The City Heart Project represents northern Tasmanians' vision for the future of Launceston's city centre. The project aims to address Launceston’s underperforming inner areas, while leveraging the rich historic and natural amenity of the city. It is the largest project of its kind ever undertaken by the City of Launceston and will be delivered in multiple stages. Each stage includes numerous projects designed to re-energise the city centre, enhance employment opportunities, improve public transport and provide more modern and efficient communications and signage.

Key projects include:

  • The Civic Square redevelopment – completed in early July 2018.
  • The redevelopment of the Brisbane Street Mall – the tender for this project has been awarded to a local construction company and refurbishment works commenced in late April 2018, with completion scheduled for October 2018.
  • The events activation project strategy.
  • The St John Street redevelopment project, currently in detailed design.
  • The wayfinding signage project, currently moving to the tender phase.

A focus for the City Heart Project is to create local construction jobs, with a target of 52 jobs across the construction phase. Additionally, the winning contractor for the Brisbane Street Mall will deliver the project with 20% apprentices and trainees, further developing employment opportunities for young local workers.   

This City Heart project delivers benefits across all six domains of the Launceston City Deal. It will complement other key projects, such as the Inveresk university campus precinct and inner city residential development, and will create vibrant city centre for locals and visitors. The City Heart project is scheduled for completion in 2020.

Helping make Launceston a smart city: the Greater Launceston Transformation Project

The Greater Launceston Transformation project (GLTP) is a collaborative project that will transform the regions’ collective thinking and implementation of Smart City concepts. Through the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, governments, academia and the private are combining forces to deliver outcomes across four main workstreams; innovation, a digital city, education and employment pathways and digital opportunities for industry. The workstreams will deliver:

  • smart analytics to build better educational outcomes.
  • new 3D virtual city modelling tools to transform city planning processes.
  • a community co-designed innovation framework and hub.
  • development of a roadmap to build an intelligent city of the future.
  • a plan to deploy smart technology in industries of the future such as aged care and smart emergency response systems.

The new 3D digital city model, covering 6,567 square kilometres, will incorporate - as an Australian first - valuable new data on population mobility, to generate patterns of movement, density and insights into how people move around the city. This will support future activities to activate public spaces and improve the vibrancy of the city, as well as informing smart emergency response systems. During 2018, City Deal partners are testing 3D data and digital modelling to improve planning outcomes.

The Innovation Hub will bring innovators together and support a Start-up ecosystem. Residents, business owners and researchers will work together to develop a Community Innovation Framework – creating a shift in regional thinking. The Framework will promote the development of new ideas that take advantage of the Low-Power Wide-Area Network and 3D models – allowing users to explore virtual reality technologies and creating a national test bed for smart city applications.

The Tasmanian Office of the Coordinator General is collaborating with councils of the Greater Launceston area to identify opportunities for further rollout of smart technologies, and exploring potential financial support.

Under the umbrella of the Launceston City Deal, the GLTP is designed to use, create and share new data and knowledge to achieve maximum leverage from investments in the region. The GLTP aims to address regional challenges of economic growth, education attainment and social inclusion. We are challenging ourselves – to build a socially inclusive thriving community competing on a global stage.  

Launceston City Deal signed
20 April 2017
Implementation Workshop
November 2017
Annual Progress Report
July 2018
End of 5 years of Launceston City Deal