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New look for Launceston’s Civic Square

Peter Gutwein, Tasmanian Treasurer

Paul Fletcher, Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities

Albert van Zetten, City of Launceston Mayor

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 working with the Council and the Federal Government to make Launceston an even more vibrant place to live and work.

“Launceston’s economy is growing and this will accelerate even more in coming years as projects like UTAS and several major hotel developments come on line, underpinned by the Hodgman Liberal Government investing over $112 million under the city deal that will make the State’s north an even better place to live, work and raise a family.

“The Launceston City Heart project will redevelop the CBD including major public spaces such as the Mall and Civic square and it will improve public transport and provide Wi-Fi, which is a great result for the people of Launceston.

“These developments have created jobs during construction and will attract further investment into the city which will underpin ongoing jobs as a result of the City heart project,” Mr Gutwein said.

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