Five priority projects have been highlighted ahead of the federal election, as the mayors of Greater Hobart put forward their case for further investment in Tasmania’s capital.
The Greater Hobart Strategic Partnership is seeking a commitment from candidates in high value infrastructure and digital connectivity projects that will stimulate the recovery of the city, creating local jobs, and positioning Tasmania as a knowledge economy. Lord Mayor of Hobart Cr Anna Reynolds, Mayor of Clarence Ald Doug Chipman, Mayor of Glenorchy Ald Bec Thomas, and Mayor of Kingborough Cr Paula Wriedt have issued a joint statement supporting the federal election priorities.
“Our joint priorities will support the economic success of Greater Hobart and build on its position as a vibrant, liveable, and connected city,” the four Mayors jointly stated. “By investing in catalyst city-shaping projects, Greater Hobart will continue to attract and support our growing communities and drive economic activity and growth in Tasmania.”
The Greater Hobart Strategic Partnership, comprising the councils of Hobart, Glenorchy, Kingborough and Clarence, is seeking confirmation of support for the Hobart City Deal, as well as the following commitments through the upcoming federal election:
- $20 million over three years to support the expansion and ongoing operation of ferry services on the River Derwent, supported by integrated bus services and active transport pathways. Includes four all-weather floating jetties and ferry terminals at new multi-stop locations on the river at Bellerive, Lindisfarne, Sandy Bay and Wilkinsons Point.
- $18 million for delivery of shovel-ready projects under the Greater Hobart Active Transport Network Plan, comprising linked and accessible pathways throughout Greater Hobart to encourage greater uptake of active travel options and reduce reliance on motor vehicles.
- $9.6 million to deliver the Our Digital City Greater Hobart virtual planning tool, which will bring the successful model used across Victoria and NSW into Tasmania to enable better planning and maximise opportunities for smart and sustainable development. This investment is critical for Tasmania to keep pace with the digital transformation agendas happening across the national and global landscape, and offers the ability to accurately predict the impacts of proposed developments.
- Delivery of a world-class Antarctic and Science Precinct to be a focal point for international, national and private Antarctic and science research organisations and institutes in Tasmania, and support collaboration to advance scientific research, education, and international engagement. This precinct will expand Hobart’s capacity as a premier gateway to the Antarctic and Southern Ocean, and continue to grow Australia’s position as a leader in science exploration in Antarctica.
- Activating the Northern Suburbs Transit Corridor as a key initiative of the Hobart City Deal to address congestion and enhance connectivity along this major growth corridor.
“With the support of federal candidates in the seats of Clark and Franklin, as well as Senate candidates, these key projects can help to shape the future of Greater Hobart at a crucial time in our city’s growth and evolution as a capital city,” the Mayors stated. “We look forward to discussing the broader benefits of these projects in the lead-up to the federal election.”