What is this project all about?

The local retail precincts projects are all about making our local activity centres and main streets great places for people - places that are walkable, sociable, distinctive and vibrant. 

The City of Hobart has been working in recent years to rejuvenate local activity centres in collaboration with the people who live, work and spend time there.  Lenah Valley has recently been completed and New Town will be constructed in 2019.  Attention now turns to Elizabeth Street retail precinct and planning will occur through a co-design community engagement process in 2019.  We invite everyone to get involved.

The project is part of the City of Hobart’s Transforming Hobart capital works plan and Hobart’s Local Retail Precinct Plan, which includes Lenah Valley, New Town, Elizabeth Street (midtown), South Hobart and Battery Point.


What is the extent of the project area?

The planning for the project will encompass the Elizabeth Street corridor from Burnett Street to Liverpool Street.  However the project budget for capital works will allow us to upgrade the area between Melville Street and Warwick Street.  The section between Warwick and Burnett Streets may be considered by the Council for upgrading in future years.

Who is involved?

The project will be undertaken by the City of Hobart in collaboration with local stakeholders.  We will be seeking to involve a variety of stakeholders including local midtown traders, property owners and residents, local community organisations and businesses, UTAS staff and students, city workers and shoppers, students from local schools, state government staff and Metro Tasmania.

When will construction works commence?

Construction is currently scheduled to start mid 2020.

Will there be any loss of on street car parking?

We don’t yet have a firm plan.  We will work closely with stakeholders during the first half of 2019 to develop a plan together, based on the needs and aspirations of the community.

Where can I find more information?

This site will be the main place for information about the project as we work with community to develop the plan in 2019.  You can register your interest in the project HERE and receive updates about the project.

You can also contact the project manager Sarah Bendeich 6238 2584 for more information, or email coh@hobartcity.com.au


How can I get involved?

There are a number of stages which you can get involved in:

Your big ideas – fill in a postcard in summer 18/19 or share your ideas HERE.

Vision – fill in a survey, attend a workshop and participate in developing a vision for Elizabeth Street.

Directions and Options – join our Project Action Team (PAT) to take a deep dive into the planning process – work together with council staff over four workshops. At the end of this process the PAT will provide specific recommendations to the Council regarding their priorities for the street.

Who can join the Project Action Team (PAT)?

The PAT is open to everyone. It works best if there is a diversity of interests, views and backgrounds on the team.  People of all ages and abilities are invited to participate, we just ask that participants commit to attending all of the sessions.

The PAT workshops will be supported by Council staff and facilitated by professional facilitators. Participants will be provided with meaningful information, including online resources, a background package and expert presentations, to help inform their discussions.

The outcome of the workshop series is likely to be a recommended design direction and a set of specific recommendations to the Council. Due to the iterative nature of the process, it is important that participants, where possible, commit to attending all four workshops.

More information about the PAT workshops will be provided closer to the time and we will seek Expressions of Interest from community stakeholders.

After the workshops, PAT participants will be supported by Council staff to present their findings and recommendations to Hobart City Council Aldermen and Councillors.