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Inner-city laneway activated with fresh new look

COLLINS Court in the Hobart CBD has a fresh new look and feel following the completion of stage one of the Collins Court revitalisation project.

The upgrade is part of Hobart City Council’s “Inner City Action Plan” which outlines 15 projects designed to attract people to the city centre.

Hobart Lord Mayor Sue Hickey said she was delighted to see the once unloved space transformed into an inviting, people-friendly area.

“Collins Court is a vital link in Hobart’s laneway network, connecting some of the inner city’s busiest shopping streets and landmark destinations, so it was time that this space became a comfortable place for locals and visitors,” she said.

“The plan not only supports a more dynamic, active and pedestrian-friendly environment but forms part of this council’s commitment to transform Hobart into a strong, vibrant and sustainable city.”

Chairman of the councils’ City Infrastructure Committee, Ald Helen Burnett, said: “The council wanted to create a new vision for the space – a space that would be owned and loved by the community, and I think we have achieved that.

“We engaged with local businesses and community members to contribute to the vision with a series of place-making community and business workshops.

“The ‘place story’ created by the community and businesses informed the final design for the space.”

Key improvement works include new seating, meeting and relaxing areas throughout the smoke-free zone, the installation of large steel light frames and a timber stage for performances and events.

Two large public art murals by Perth street artist Stormie Mills add appeal, and the space is made cyclist-friendly with a “Tassie Tiger” bike rack.

Stage two of the project is set to commence in the coming months and will include children’s play equipment and improved access through to the cathedral and Trafalgar Place.

“The council would like to thank the surrounding traders and tenants and members of the public for their patience and cooperation during the project, as well as acknowledge the work of all who helped to make this happen,” Ald Hickey said.

During the month of March, Collins Court is hosting a number of “Kids Pop Up Activities” held on Wednesdays from 10am-12pm.

For program information visit: http://www.hobartcity.com.au/Community/Children_and_Families

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