Published on 16 November 2018

The Devonport City Council has lodged a development application for the redevelopment of the waterfront parkland, part of the next stage of Devonport’s ambitious LIVING CITY Master Plan.

Earlier this month hotel developer Fairbrother lodged a separate application for a hotel and apartment complex to be built adjacent to the parkland.

The highlight of the waterfront parkland will be an elevated pathway and viewing platform starting near the intersection of Best and Rooke Streets and extending out across Formby Road and the rail line to the Mersey River.

Being over 9m high at the water’s edge, the platform will provide a perfect location to view the Spirt of Tasmania turning in the Mersey River.

The walkway will be fully accessible and is proposed to include a public lift at both ends.

The parkland will also include a Tasmanian endemic garden, nature-based children’s play space, rotunda, outdoor public art and an amphitheatre and stage.

Fairbrother is responsible for funding, building and operating the hotel, which will include 137 hotel rooms and 12 high end residential apartments on the top two floors.

Included within its application is the proposed demolition of the former Harris Scarfe building, which became vacant earlier this month when the department store relocated to the former temporary council offices at 17 Fenton Way.

The two applications follow the recent completion of Stage 1, a $71 million investment incorporating the impressive new multi-purpose civic building, the paranaple centre, which is home to a state-of-the-art Library, integrated customer service centre including Service Tasmania, a café, Devonport Online, Council offices and an 800-seat conference centre.

Stage 1 also includes a multi-level car park and a food pavilion which will showcase the region’s premium produce through restaurants, a distillery, accredited training facilities and market spaces.

At the beginning of this month, the Devonport Art Gallery, Visitor Information Centre and the former Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre completed their relocation on the adjoining site.  This refurbished building is known as the paranaple arts centre and completes the precinct.

 Mayor Ald. Annette Rockliff said the creation of a Waterfront Precinct was rightly considered the jewel in the crown of the LIVING CITY project.

“It will realise the communities long held vision to open the CBD to the magnificent Mersey River, attracting tourists as well as benefiting locals,’’ Ald. Rockliff said.

Ald. Rockliff said the lodgement of the applications was a major milestone in the development of the LIVING CITY Waterfront and highlighted the significant amount of planning and design work that has been undertaken behind the scenes.

“While the public have been able to watch Stage 1 of LIVING CITY take shape over the last two years Council have been busy working on this next stage to ensure that the growing momentum, business confidence and economic activity continues within the city ‘’

Subject to approval, work on both projects is expected to begin in early 2019 and be completed by the end of 2020.

The total value of the work is estimated to be about $50 million and will provide significant construction activity in the Devonport CBD over the next two years.

The Australian Government has already announced $10 million in funding towards the waterfront parkland.

Given the importance of the Waterfront Precinct, Council has extended the period for community consultation on the parkland application to 28 days rather than the normal statutory 14-day period.

A public information session on the LIVING CITY Waterfront Precinct development will be held in the paranaple convention centre, Level 3 paranaple centre, 137 Rooke Street, from 5.30 p.m. on Thursday 22 November.

Media Contact

Nigel Tapp |Media & Communications Officer |Devonport City Council

03 6424 0562 | 0427 132 972 |


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