THE Hobart CBD revitalisation is one step closer to becoming a reality with the recent announcement of $1 million in federal government funding to match the $1.5 million invested by the Hobart City Council.
The project, which is in its early design stages, is expected to significantly transform the current layout of the city into a people-friendly shared street environment where vehicles and pedestrians will safely share use of Hobart’s retail and business space.
Labor Senator for Tasmania Carol Brown said the project had the potential to rejuvenate the CBD and would enhance the redeveloped Myer site by creating a streetscape that was conducive to economic activity.
“This project will play a key role in driving economic investment in the Hobart CBD and creating places that bring people together,” Senator Brown said.
Lord Mayor of Hobart Damon Thomas said the inner city upgrade would bring life and energy to Hobart.
“The City of Hobart has a clear vision for Hobart and a commitment to see our capital evolve into a strong, vibrant and sustainable city,” he said.
“The upgrading of Liverpool Street will ensure that the retail heart of Hobart has a sustainable future.
“As it takes shape, inner Hobart will become more people-focused, with well-designed public spaces, a pedestrian network that enables smooth movement between city destinations and an urban environment that encourages cycling as a safe, alternative mode of transport.”
The investment by the federal government in this project is part of a pre-existing council commitment and comes on the back of recent accolades which have included Hobart being named as the third most liveable city in Australia.