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Launceston City Deal


Launceston is Australia’s third oldest city, with a proud past and a bright future.

Signed in April 2017, the Launceston City Deal is a ten-year agreement between the Australian and Tasmanian Governments, and the City of Launceston, that will shape our city’s future, create jobs and generate economic growth for the region by building on our natural advantages.

The City Deal will position Launceston as one of Australia’s most liveable and innovative regional cities, with growing incomes and falling levels of disadvantage.

The three levels of government are working together with local partners and the community to achieve this shared vision with over $500 million already invested in identified priorities.

This will see our city become an even more vibrant place to live and work. The inner city is being revitalised with welcoming public spaces and new inner city housing and retail developments underpinned by virtual city modelling that will transform our city and regional planning.

This work is complemented by initiatives spanning education and employment, city planning and housing, digital innovation and sustainability.

Work is also underway on major projects including relocating the University of Tasmania campus to the inner city site of Inveresk and improvements to the health of the Tamar estuary.

2021 Annual Progress Report

The 2021 Annual Progress Report shows the significant progress made on many of the commitments under the Launceston City Deal, including:

  • Progressing the relocation of the University of Tasmania’s Launceston campus with construction well underway for all buildings in the development;
  • Improving the health and management of kanamaluka/Tamar Estuary as around 254km of fencing has been completed to prevent livestock from entering waterways, and construction commencing on upgrading the combined sewerage and stormwater system;
  • Delivering on smart cities outcomes like the first live smart traffic management system now operating in the central business district and 600 new innovative Internet of Things education kits to 40 schools with grades 3-6.
  • Commencing detailed project planning on establishing the University of Tasmania’s Defence and Maritime Innovation and Design Precinct at Newnham; and
  • Enhancing the historical Albert Hall as a cultural destination for communities with works commencing on the first two stages of redevelopment.
  • View the  2021 Annual Progress Report

Three Year Implementation Review Report

  • The Launceston City Deal is making progress towards achieving the vision of making Launceston Australia’s most liveable and innovative regional city, with growing incomes and falling levels of disadvantage.
  • At the signing of the City Deal, there were 33 commitments identified for delivery by 2022, 15 of these are now complete and five additional commitments have been added.
  • Overall, the Three Year Implementation Review found that the City Deal has been successful in aligning the three levels of government to work together to ensure the effective delivery of the City Deal, and to create a positive impact within the region beyond the City Deal commitments.
  • View the Three Year Implementation Review Report

Next Steps

  • To support the review’s recommendations, an updated Implementation Plan will be developed to support delivery of the City Deal out until the end of its extended term in 2027.

Commonwealth Government Tasmanian Government City of Launceston