Hobart City Deal signed
The Hobart City Deal between the Australian and Tasmanian Governments and the Clarence, Glenorchy, Hobart and Kingborough councils has been released, targeting tourism, congestion and Antarctic research facilities.
The 10-year, $1.43 billion deal includes:
$82.3 million for border services including immigration, customs and biosecurity at Hobart International Airport.
$450 million for the upgrade of Australia’s Antarctic research station network and supporting infrastructure.
An extra $25 million from the Australian Government and $105.5 million from the Tasmanian Government for traffic congestion projects including the Kingston bus interchange. This is in addition to election commitments of $576 million for the replacement of the Bridgewater Bridge, a fifth lane on the Southern Outlet and setting up a Derwent River ferry service
Australian Government funding of $30 million for community housing projects, in partnership with community housing providers, delivering over 100 new dwellings.
The deal has attracted criticism for lacking any major new 'big picture' projects and failing to fund the University of Tasmania's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Centre. Disappointment was also expressed that there was no clear commitment to the redevelopment of the Macquarie Point waterfront site.
More information about the Hobart City Deal is here.
More information on the Hobart City Deal can be found here