The $20.3 million City Heart project will be implemented to reposition Launceston’s CBD as a competitive, vibrant and attractive retail and visitor experience. The City Heart project will redevelop Launceston’s Civic Square and Brisbane Street Mall, develop Wi-Fi infrastructure and improve signage and public transport.
It will also support the City of Launceston to maximise outcomes from the CH Smith development and the attraction of additional event opportunities at the University of Tasmania Stadium.
The City Heart project officially commenced on 10 July 2017. Stage 1 of the City Heart project is underway, with seven projects to deliver:
- The first major project is the Civic Square redevelopment, which is well progressed in the construction phase and scheduled for completion in early July 2018.
- The construction phase of the Brisbane Street Mall project commenced on 24 April 2018 and is scheduled for completion in October 2018.
- The events activation project strategy and Wi-Fi has been developed ready for implementation.
- Detailed design of the St John Street project is scheduled for late 2018.
- The Wayfinding project is currently preparing to move into the tender phase.
- A funding application to Building Better Regions Fund for City Heart Stage 2 was submitted December 2017.
Next Steps and Milestones
Q3 2018: Complete Civic Square Reconstruction.
Q4 2018: Complete Brisbane Street Mall Reconstruction.
Q4 2019: Complete St John Street Redevelopment.
Q4 2019: Complete Wayfinding.
To be Implemented: Events Activation Project.
To be Implemented: Wi-Fi Project.
Q4 2019: Overall completion of City Heart Stage 1.
Project cost: $19.4 million for Stage 1
- $7.5 million - Australian Government
- $5.8 million - Tasmanian Government
- $6.1 million - City of Launceston
The project is being delivered by the City of Launceston, in partnership with the Tasmanian and Australian Governments.