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New Town Retail Precinct Streetscape Upgrade Project

20 New Town locals, called the Project Action Team (PAT), recently came together to participate in a series of facilitated workshops. The objective of the workshops was for the group to find common ground and to to work together to provide recommendations to the Council about how a retail precinct upgrade should proceed in New Town.

The process was facilitated by independent consultants, and over four workshops the participants considered a wide range of background information, identified objectives and ultimately presented their report of 30 recommendations to the Council.

The PAT participants are to be applauded for their fantastic work. They've shown inspirational levels of commitment and capacity to work as a team for the benefit of the greater New Town community. The recommendations will now guide the Council's design team as they prepare a draft Streetscape Plan incorporating the priorities identified by the PAT.

The draft Streetscape Plan will be released for public consultation in March 2018.



Expressions of interest for the Project Action Team (PAT) are now closed. The PAT will gather at meetings over the next two months, as a representative community body that will play a major role in shaping the direction of the project.


The City of Hobart project team would like to thank all those who came to the New Town Retail Precinct Upgrade Community Workshop on Thursday 24th August 2017. The level of attendance and engagement during the event was encouraging and we are excited about the information and views we have gathered through your input. A report is currently being collated and will be available for view shortly.


The City of Hobart is planning to improve the New Town Road local retail precinct to make it a more vibrant, inviting and accessible place for everyone to enjoy and take pride in. A design will be prepared in collaboration with the community.

The project is part of the Transforming Hobart ten year capital works program and the third of the local retail precincts to be upgraded. Sandy Bay is nearing completion and construction will commence in Lenah Valley precinct later this year.


20 New Town locals, called the Project Action Team (PAT), recently came together to participate in a series of facilitated workshops. The objective of the workshops was for the group to find common ground and to to work together to provide recommendations to the Council about how a retail precinct upgrade should proceed in New Town.

The process was facilitated by independent consultants, and over four workshops the participants considered a wide range of background information, identified objectives and ultimately presented their report of 30 recommendations to the Council.

The PAT participants are to be applauded for their fantastic work. They've shown inspirational levels of commitment and capacity to work as a team for the benefit of the greater New Town community. The recommendations will now guide the Council's design team as they prepare a draft Streetscape Plan incorporating the priorities identified by the PAT.

The draft Streetscape Plan will be released for public consultation in March 2018.



Expressions of interest for the Project Action Team (PAT) are now closed. The PAT will gather at meetings over the next two months, as a representative community body that will play a major role in shaping the direction of the project.


The City of Hobart project team would like to thank all those who came to the New Town Retail Precinct Upgrade Community Workshop on Thursday 24th August 2017. The level of attendance and engagement during the event was encouraging and we are excited about the information and views we have gathered through your input. A report is currently being collated and will be available for view shortly.


The City of Hobart is planning to improve the New Town Road local retail precinct to make it a more vibrant, inviting and accessible place for everyone to enjoy and take pride in. A design will be prepared in collaboration with the community.

The project is part of the Transforming Hobart ten year capital works program and the third of the local retail precincts to be upgraded. Sandy Bay is nearing completion and construction will commence in Lenah Valley precinct later this year.


  • Stage 2 - Directions and Options

    about 2 months ago
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    The Directions and Options stage built on the issues and aspirations that had been identified by the community in the previous stage, and turned these into recommendations that would directly shape the project.

    A Project Action Team (PAT) of about 20 New Town community members considered the information gathered in the previous stage. This was an intensive process which took place over 4 facilitated workshops (and extra reading at home) where the team engaged with a wide range of background inputs and worked together to define the project's objectives. Options were evaluated and the end result was a report of...

    The Directions and Options stage built on the issues and aspirations that had been identified by the community in the previous stage, and turned these into recommendations that would directly shape the project.

    A Project Action Team (PAT) of about 20 New Town community members considered the information gathered in the previous stage. This was an intensive process which took place over 4 facilitated workshops (and extra reading at home) where the team engaged with a wide range of background inputs and worked together to define the project's objectives. Options were evaluated and the end result was a report of 30 recommendations presented to Council Aldermen.

    The PAT's recommendations will form the basis for the draft Streetscape Plan. This will be a concept plan developed over summer and presented to the community for consultation in March 2018.

  • Stage 1 - Issues and Vision

    about 2 months ago
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    During the Issues and Vision stage of the project (July-September 2017) our focus was on listening to the community and recording everyone's views about the project. The results of these conversations have influenced the project objectives, forming the foundation for the deliberative work of the Project Action Team.

    Activities in this stage included a mail out of project information to almost 2500 local residents and businesses, a community workshop held at Sacred Heart College and attended by about 70 New Town locals, workshops with students at New Town Primary School, Sacred Heart College and New Town High School and discussions...

    During the Issues and Vision stage of the project (July-September 2017) our focus was on listening to the community and recording everyone's views about the project. The results of these conversations have influenced the project objectives, forming the foundation for the deliberative work of the Project Action Team.

    Activities in this stage included a mail out of project information to almost 2500 local residents and businesses, a community workshop held at Sacred Heart College and attended by about 70 New Town locals, workshops with students at New Town Primary School, Sacred Heart College and New Town High School and discussions with traders in New Town Road.

    In addition, lots of background information was collected in this period, including two weeks of traffic data to measure volumes and speeds, pedestrian counts and feature survey in the street.

    The results of this consultation stage can be found in the 'related documents' section on this webpage.

  • Project Background

    6 months ago
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    A plan for Hobart's Local Retail Precincts

    In spring 2015, the City of Hobart appointed consultants to identify and prioritise streetscape upgrades for five retail precincts across Hobart. Local traders staged pop-up events in main streets to test traffic interventions and streetscape improvements. Participants designed, organised, tested and proved their bold concepts, and the communities had a lot of fun in the process.

    The New Town Traders Group tested a concept that removed traffic from the intersection of New Town Road, Valentine Street and Cross Street, creating a new village square. The event was a success, and surveys showed that...

    A plan for Hobart's Local Retail Precincts

    In spring 2015, the City of Hobart appointed consultants to identify and prioritise streetscape upgrades for five retail precincts across Hobart. Local traders staged pop-up events in main streets to test traffic interventions and streetscape improvements. Participants designed, organised, tested and proved their bold concepts, and the communities had a lot of fun in the process.

    The New Town Traders Group tested a concept that removed traffic from the intersection of New Town Road, Valentine Street and Cross Street, creating a new village square. The event was a success, and surveys showed that the community and the traders enthusiastically endorsed the concept.


    A master plan was developed (illustrated above) which recommended:

    • a village square and village green to define and reinvigorate New Town’s community hub by closing vehicle access to Cross Street and Valentine Street from New Town Road
    • a new pedestrian crossing on New Town Road
    • paved alfresco dining and sitting areas to support and promote activation
    • space for events, markets, and other related activities
    • improved footpaths
    • traffic calming on New Town Road.
    You can read more about the Local Retail Precincts Plan, including the concept that was prepared for New Town at the City's website.

    The community’s street

    Since the 2015 trial, discussions with traders and the New Town Community Association have revealed that there are many different views about the proposed concept. In particular lots of people have real concerns about the impacts of restricting traffic access.

    The City now wants to hear everyone's views to understand what is most important regarding the future of the retail precinct. The results of this consultation will inform the project objectives and these will lead to the creation of a plan in collaboration with community members.

    Taking the time to give everyone a chance to have their say will give us the best opportunity of developing a final plan that has broad community support.