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New look for Launceston's Civic Square

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Paul Fletcher Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities

David Bushby Senator for Tasmania

Peter Gutwein Treasurer of Tasmania

Albert van Zetten Mayor City of Launceston

Joint Media Statement 9 August 2018 New Look for Launceston’s Civic Square

Civic Square has been revamped under the Launceston City Deal, attracting new businesses and visitors to the area.

Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said the redevelopment was a great example of how the Turnbull Government’s City Deal agenda can bring together all three levels of Government to achieve significant outcomes for our cities.

“Through the City Deal, we are partnering with the Tasmanian Government, the City of Launceston and others to invest in a strong and prosperous economic future for Launceston, securing its place as a vibrant, liveable and innovative city,” Mr Fletcher said.

“The Turnbull Government is committing $195 million under the City Deal to support projects that will ensure Launceston experiences better education and job opportunities - this City Deal is transforming the heart of Launceston, attracting more tourists and residents and encouraging new businesses to set-up shop.”

Treasurer of Tasmania Peter Gutwein said the new-look Civic Square demonstrated the Tasmanian Government’s commitment to making Launceston a vibrant place to live and work.

“Launceston is booming, and the Hodgman Liberal Government is investing over $112 million on projects under the City Deal that will make the State’s north an even better place to live, work and raise a family,” Mr Gutwein said.

“The Launceston City Heart project will redevelop Brisbane Street Mall, improve public transport and provide Wi-Fi, which is a great result for the people of Launceston.

“We expect that 52 jobs will be created during construction and that 317 ongoing jobs will be generated overall.”

Liberal Senator for Tasmania David Bushby said the Australian Government had committed $7.5 million towards the project.

“The Launceston City Heart project funding also includes funding for new wayfinding infrastructure for pedestrian and cyclists,” said Senator Bushby.

“This will breathe new life into our historic centre because it will make it so much more amenable to Tasmanians and visitors alike.”

City of Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said the project would make central Launceston the premiere business, retail and lifestyle hub of Northern Tasmania.

“The project will cement the city’s reputation as the most liveable regional centre and position the CBD as a competitive and attractive space for retail and visitor experiences,” Alderman van Zetten said.

“We have committed $6.1 million towards the Launceston City Heart project and all components are expected to be completed by October 2019.”

The Launceston City Deal was signed on April 2017.

For more information on the progress on the deal visit

Media Contacts

For Mr Fletcher: Belinda Merhab 0428 458 745

For Mr Gutwein: 03 6165 7670

For Mr Bushby: Brendan Blomeley 0408 354 684

For Alderman van Zetten: Luke Scott 0400 233 127

Paul Fletcher, Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, Sydney