Published on 13 May 2015

Devonport Mayor Steve Martin has welcomed the Federal Government’s $10M LIVING CITY funding announcement.

“Council is pleased that the Federal Government has seen the strong economic benefits that will flow from LIVING CITY and has made a financial commitment to the project through the National Stronger Regions Fund” said Mayor Martin.

The federal funding will go towards the conference centre within the multi-purpose civic building, infrastructure for the food market and the multi-storey car park as part of Stage 1 of LIVING CITY.

“It is estimated that the cost of Stage One will be around $40-$50M, with the $10M grant from the Federal Government a very welcome kick start” Mayor Martin said.

“The key drivers for LIVING CITY are job creation and developing a platform for investment in and the revitalisation of Devonport and the broader North West region”.

It is estimated that over 800 direct construction jobs and nearly 830 full time operational jobs will be generated by LIVING CITY, as well significant indirect jobs, as part of the economic flow-on effects in the region.

“The LIVING CITY plan has succeeded because we took the time to learn from the lessons of the past, consult with the community and develop a plan that capitalises on our natural assets and strengths” said Mayor Martin.

“We are now focused on getting plans finalised for lodgement of a development application this year and hope to be turning soil in early 2016, subject to gaining the necessary approvals” said Mayor Martin.

“Council recently appointed architects Lyons & Birelli, who have been meeting with key stakeholders over recent weeks to develop the design for Stage One”.

It is proposed the ground floor of the multi-purpose civic building will house a “one stop” customer service facility for Service Tasmania, LINC and Council.

A new 800 seat conference centre, as well as other community and cultural services will form part of the building.

A uniquely Tasmanian commercial food market will be a key attraction of Stage One, providing exciting opportunities for both food producers and retailers.

Stage One also includes the first two levels of a new multi storey carpark in the heart of the CBD.

It is expected the concept plans for Stage One will be developed over coming weeks, with an aim of being ready for public feedback towards the end of June.

Council is continuing to finalise details with the State Government for the relocation of the Magistrates Court, Service Tasmania and Devonport LINC, as part of LIVING CITY.

“We’re committed to delivering LIVING CITY and are confident of this being the right plan to transform Devonport and the broader North West region, as well creating new jobs and investment opportunities“.

“This commitment from the Federal Government will allow the vision to become reality” said Mayor Martin.