Elizabeth Street (Midtown) Streetscape Project

Project Background

The City of Hobart is planning a streetscape upgrade in Elizabeth Street (Midtown) as part of the City’s Local Retail Precincts Plan. The aim of the project is to revitalise the section of Elizabeth Street between Melville Street and Warwick Street, to improve walkability, accessibility and amenity for pedestrians and to create a more vibrant and sociable main street environment.

A comprehensive community engagement program took place in 2019. During this process the City collaborated with Midtown’s traders, residents, property owners and other stakeholders (who formed a Project Action Team - PAT) in a co-design process, to identify priorities to upgrade Elizabeth Street.

A draft streetscape concept design for Midtown has been developed in response to the PAT’s vision. This plan re-imagines Elizabeth Street as a more welcoming accessible and people-focused main street.

Following further consultation with key stakeholders and the wider community, this concept design was endorsed by Council in December 2020 as as a framework for future streetscape development in the project area.

Council is not currently in a position to fund construction for the project, however project planning is continuing so that the project will be 'shovel ready', for when new funding opportunities arise. If funding became available, construction of block one could start in 2022.

In the meantime, work will continue on the detailed design, costing, and implementation planning for the project. A further report is to be provided to Council in the first half of 2021 with an implementation outline, including funding sources, cost estimate, financial implications and proposed timing of any on-ground works.

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Project Background

The City of Hobart is planning a streetscape upgrade in Elizabeth Street (Midtown) as part of the City’s Local Retail Precincts Plan. The aim of the project is to revitalise the section of Elizabeth Street between Melville Street and Warwick Street, to improve walkability, accessibility and amenity for pedestrians and to create a more vibrant and sociable main street environment.

A comprehensive community engagement program took place in 2019. During this process the City collaborated with Midtown’s traders, residents, property owners and other stakeholders (who formed a Project Action Team - PAT) in a co-design process, to identify priorities to upgrade Elizabeth Street.

A draft streetscape concept design for Midtown has been developed in response to the PAT’s vision. This plan re-imagines Elizabeth Street as a more welcoming accessible and people-focused main street.

Following further consultation with key stakeholders and the wider community, this concept design was endorsed by Council in December 2020 as as a framework for future streetscape development in the project area.

Council is not currently in a position to fund construction for the project, however project planning is continuing so that the project will be 'shovel ready', for when new funding opportunities arise. If funding became available, construction of block one could start in 2022.

In the meantime, work will continue on the detailed design, costing, and implementation planning for the project. A further report is to be provided to Council in the first half of 2021 with an implementation outline, including funding sources, cost estimate, financial implications and proposed timing of any on-ground works.

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  • Project Stages - Elizabeth Street Retail Precinct Upgrade

    28 Nov 2018

    The project stages detailed below. If unexpected changes to the program occur, this page will be kept up to date.

    Postcards: December 2018 – February 2019 (complete)
    Postcards were distributed to local traders, residents, owners and occupiers, in December 2018. People were invited to share a quick message about what they like about midtown and what they would change to make it a more people friendly street. The responses have assisted us with planning the engagement program.


    Issues and Vision: February - March 2019 (complete)
    The focus in this stage is on listening to the broad perspectives within the community and gathering everyone's views. At the end of this stage we will have a thorough understanding of the range of issues and aspirations to be considered. Activities include:
    - Online survey: February - March 2019 (complete)
    - Midtown vision workshops: March 2019 (complete)

    Directions and options: April – May 2019 (complete)
    Council staff are working closely with a Project Action Team (PAT) made up of community stakeholders, to develop a design philosophy and make specific recommendations to the Council regarding the priorities for the streetscape upgrade.
    We have a group of people who are passionate about Midtown and are helping the City plan the upgrade. Our community representatives are people of different ages, backgrounds and lives, including people who live, work and own businesses and businesses here.

    Draft concept: November 2019 - May 2020 (current)
    The City's design team will develop a streetscape design proposal, based on the PAT’s recommendations.

    Concept review: mid 2020
    Concept design proposals will be exhibited in the precinct in the first half of 2020, together with a feedback survey. This will test the concept with the broader community stakeholders.

    Detailed design: late 2020 / early 2021
    Once the Council has given approval for the project to proceed, detailed designs will be prepared in preparation for construction.

    Construction: TBA
    Currently there is no construction time frame. Covid-19 has had a significant impact on the Council’s financial position. As a result, the funding that had previously been forecast to build this project starting in 2021 is no longer available. However there is ongoing work to pursue new funding opportunities for the project, including through Government programs and stimulus packages.



  • Developing a plan for Hobart's Local Retail Precincts

    21 Feb 2019
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    In spring 2015, the City of Hobart appointed consultants to identify and prioritise streetscape upgrades for five retail precincts across Hobart's local neighbourhoods. Local traders staged pop-up events in main streets to test traffic interventions and streetscape improvements. Participatns, designed, organised, tested and proved their bold concepts, and the communities had a lot of fun in the process.

    The Elizabeth Street traders group hosted an event that encouraged people to walk their dogs to town - 'Paws and Feet in the Street'. They tested a concept that provided more space in the footpath for people to socialise and interact.

    A Local Retail Precincts Plan was developed based on a review of the situation in each area and identified specific works, expected benefits and estimated costs of improving the City’s infrastructure at each of the selected shopping strips.