Community voting in the Great Regional City Challenge has identified twelve (12) projects that can make this one of the great regions of the world. Each will receive their share of $100,000 as seed funding - plus ongoing support.
Six projects will focus on the uniqueness of our river systems. Three projects will build a healthier and more active region. Three projects will make this a more beautiful and fun community.
Launceston’s unique location at the meeting point of three rivers is the focus for six of the selected projects. The region grows some of the best food and wine in the world so the aim of one project is to make Greater Launceston a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy. Another project will describe how the First People of this region managed the fertile alluvial wetland soils to support large numbers of grazing wildlife and edible plants. Two projects will use the river as an attraction. A feasibility study will look at whether the strong river flows can be used as whitewater rapids which will attract river surfers and white water kayackers and rafters. The river is also planned to become the base for Australia’s first remote controlled miniature speedboat competition. And two projects aim to turn the polluted Tamar River into a clean inland lake for the community to enjoy.
Projects also aim to make the region healthier and more active. One project aims to make this a great cycling city with the infrastructure and support to get us all our bikes. Another will promote the 120 kilometers of interconnected walking trails surrounding Launceston as a place for recreation and an annual walking and cycling festival. A third project will aim to attract – and retain – health professionals, who are sorely needed across the whole region.
The community is a winner with three projects aimed at fun and beautification. Award-winning Harvest Market will be the site for a new outdoor cinema used as a deck-chair cinema in summer and a drive-in in winter. A shipping container portable stage will become a permanent feature at Harvest Market as a home for great bands, dancing and performances. And Allen’s Nursery will lead a project to create a garden feature that celebrates Launceston as a great regional centre, plus they will work with local communities to beautify their streets.
“We are enormously impressed with the vision and size of the 12 projects that the greater Launceston community have chosen,” said Great Regional City Challenge President, Owen Tilbury. “Next step is for these projects to commence and over the next year to help make Launceston one of the great regional cities of the world.”
Tilbury said the timing of the GRCC projects could be an advantage. “As we come out of the lock-down of Covid-19 there is an energy for the community to help jump-start the whole region – and government assistance packages should be available to fund some of these visionary larger projects,” he added.
Funding and in-kind support for the Great Regional City Challenge has come from:
- Forico, Optus, St Giles, WD Booth Trust, UTAS, Josh Hart One Agency, Eaglecrest, Launtel, Ruddick Chartered Accountants, Get Paid in Bitcoin, James Boag & Sons, Foot and Playsted, Hawthorn Football Club, 7 Tasmania, The Examiner, 7LAFM, Think Big Printers, Kingthing Marketing, Country Club Tasmania, BOFA Film Festival, Regional Australia Institute, MONA FOMA, Harvest Launceston Farmers Community Market, Australian Computer Society and Scotch Oakburn College
- Department of State Growth, City of Launceston, West Tamar Council, Meander Valley Council, George Town Council
For more details contact:
Owen Tilbury. E: email@example.com P: 0407 501 287