The Regional Priority Projects contain a mixture of health and well-being, built infrastructure, skills and jobs development and initiatives that capitalise on our competitive advantages to improve Northern Tasmania such as liveability, food and agriculture.
They are designed to identify projects ready to be funded and supported that will have the most impact on economic development.
Noting economic development is not just economic growth and people getting wealthier but a holistic approach that also sees improving health outcomes, better educational attainment and falling levels of disadvantage.
Many of the projects have emerged from the inaugural Regional Collaboration Forum, which saw almost 50 Northern Tasmanian leaders share ideas and projects to advance the region.
Themes that emerged from the day were:
- Workforce development
- Health and well-being
- Infrastructure development
- Increasing net exports
The process has also involved collating other regional projects to bring a list of projects that are fairly well advanced and require funding or other support to implement or take them to the next stage of development.
These projects are aligned to the key priorities of NTDC’s Regional Economic Development Strategy and Regional Development Australia – Tasmania’s principles for economic development and RCF themes.
The Regional Priority Projects must be an agile list of projects that can flex and develop as opportunities arise.
NTDC has tried to encapsulate emerging projects that are on the horizon but do not have a specific plan or ask at this stage.
As they develop, they might form part of the suite of Regional Priority Projects that Northern Tasmania will support and advocate for.
The challenge from here will be for the region’s leaders to support the Regional Priority Projects even if they do not have a specific interest in all or any nominated projects at this stage.
Securing as many of these projects as possible will allow us to prove the concept that “regions that work together do better” and give momentum to continue regional collaboration.
Please click here to view the current list of government commitments – NTDC will continue to update this document accordingly.
Project list overview
Enhance UTAS Stadium’s capacity to host a wider range of events, sports and entertainment all year round. UTAS Stadium is currently used for high-level sport, including AFL, soccer and cricket. This project seeks to increase UTAS Stadium’s seating capacity to more than 24,000. This would allow the facility to host a Tasmanian AFL team, and to install retractable seating to accommodate a rectangle pitch for soccer or rugby tournaments.
Funding request is $135M
Maintain and enhance QVMAG’s role in Northern Tasmania’s cultural life, creating a compelling attraction for locals and visitors alike, 365 days a year. The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery is Launceston’s most valuable cultural institution, but must modernise in order to increase visitation and maintain its cultural relevance. This project would see the construction of a contemporary addition to the Royal Park Art Gallery featuring a large multifunctional exhibition space, a cafe and retail space, and parking.
Funding request is $70M
As a small and dispersed island state, Tasmania relies on efficient transport networks to bring people together and connect businesses to their trading partners. The TRANSlink industrial precinct is a key component of this network and is an important distribution point for goods and services in Northern Tasmania. The region is set to benefit from recent investment in a number of irrigation schemes with a growing need to transport niche, high-value agricultural products. The construction of an intermodal facility would improve access to interstate and overseas markets for perishable goods.
Funding request is $70M
National Disability Insurance Scheme plans are significantly undersubscribed in George Town. George Town Council is seeking funding to upgrade the existing swimming complex to include a year-round heated indoor pool with 4 x 25 metre lanes, an indoor warm water pool for lesson and therapy, a multi-purpose fitness room, community gym, treatment room for allied health professionals, and provisions for childcare. An integrated aquatic and well-being centre will support the health of George Town’s growing population by providing a centre that caters for all abilities and ages.
Funding request is $18M
The Royal Flying Doctors Service has been operating in Tasmania since 1960. RFDS and the Tasmania Government are finalising a 10-year strategic partnership, that included aeromedical services and infrastructure and a range of RFDS Primary care services, including dental and mental health. A renovated B85 and B90 will be the main RFDS base in Tasmania. RFDS has plans in place for the redevelopment of B85 to cater for education, tourism, museum and function areas, which are even more critical as we can no longer use B90 for such purposes due to COVID and operational requirements of Ambulance Tasmania. This redevelopment would allow RFDS to expand its vital work in dental, primary care and mental health leading to better health outcomes that in turn increase economic outcomes through workplace participation and productivity.
Funding request is $10M
Our vision is to create a new community of health and social care organisations collaborating in a place so that service users and the broader community can participate in creating a supportive, integrated, innovative environment and pathway to improved health and well-being for everyone. The $9 million development of a new shared working space utilising design concepts to promote collaboration and innovation that aligns with the objectives of the Regional Economic Development Strategy, City Deal, Greater Launceston Transformation Project and City Heart initiatives.
Funding request is $4M
Community Care TASMANIA’s innovative plan, to build a Respite and Training Centre of Excellence will address these issues and produce a model that could potentially be rolled out in other places to address the wider Australian shortage of skilled workers in the aged and disability sector. The planned Centre has six respite care beds to assist aged, frail and/or clients with dementia and/or health problems to have respite in the centre, which provides around the clock care , including weekend.
Funding request is $5.9M
Over the last few years, a movement has built from the ground-up to cement this identity through formalisation of Greater Launceston as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy. The intention is to de-silo our food system in collaboration with other leading cities around the word, and use a creative lens to realise innovative solutions to stubborn problems of social and environmental sustainability, while building capacity in our local food sector businesses to create jobs and growth. This vision for Northern Tasmania as one of the great food regions of the world has been socialised extensively over the last few years and has gained the support of all the region’s councils (bar Flinders) and as such has the potential to truly unite the region.
Funding request is $350K
“Waste is Power” is a project that has attracted the interest from a consortium of private sector businesses to invest in the development of a $13 million Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant at the Valley Central Industrial Precinct in Westbury. Within communities, the disposal of waste to landfill is becoming increasingly less acceptable and there is a growing expectation that producers of waste will act responsibly for the sustainable treatment of their by-products. By investing in a centralised, regional scale bio-waste plant we can provide industry with the opportunity to generate earnings, renewable energy and organic fertiliser from waste that would traditionally be a cost of production.
Funding request is $4M
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