The announcement by Devonport couple Matthew and Taryn Peck of their plan to redevelop the old Medicare building on the corner of Rooke & King Streets is a further boost to the Southern CBD.

The couple have purchased the building, which has sat vacant for many years, with the intention of establishing their business, IT Solutions Tasmania on the ground floor and converting the upstairs level into an inner city residence.

Mr Peck said “Our business is rapidly expanding and we have decided to take the next step and establish a permanent base within Devonport, which will allow us to employ additional staff”.

“We have received great support from Devonport City Council and the LIVING CITY plans to grow business in the southern part of the CBD, along with the new car park were factors in us investing in this property”.

“There appears to be a sense of excitement around Devonport at the moment with the start of LIVING CITY and this appears to be increasing business confidence which is great for companies like ours”.

Mayor Steve Martin has welcomed the news, saying “Whilst the attention to-date has been on Stage 1 of LIVING CITY, the development of business and inner city living at the southern end of the CBD is a key objective of the LIVING CITY Master Plan and something Council has been working hard to achieve.”

“Securing Taswater with up to 130 jobs and now the expansion of IT Solutions Tasmania is a great start in ensuring the Precinct evolves into the business hub of the City”.

“Young people like Matthew and Taryn are the future of Devonport and it is encouraging to see them not only investing in and growing their business, but leading the way by embracing inner city living and making a home within the CBD”.