New Town Retail Precinct Streetscape Upgrade Project

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.


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.


  • Project Background

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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... Continue reading

    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.