Elizabeth Street Retail Precinct - streetscape upgrade project

In December 2018, the City started engaging with the community on the upgrade of the Elizabeth Street Retail Precinct. Engagement for this project has so far consisted of:

  • Post Card Survey
  • Community Survey
  • Community Workshops with four stakeholder groups; Community, Young People, Traders and Business and Active Commuters.

If you would like to find out what we've heard so far, the results can be found in the Engagement Report - Stage 1 Issues and Vision


Project Action Team Update

In April and May 2019, the City worked with a group of 28 community stakeholders known at the Project Action Team (PAT). The PAT is a group of people who are passionate about Midtown and are people of different ages, backgrounds and lives, including people who live, work and own businesses in the precinct.

The PAT participated in a collaborative process to develop a set of shared principles and recommendations that they hope will guide the Council’s work in the streetscape upgrade. Find out what the PAT recommended by reading the Midtown PAT Recommendations Report.

This report, along with the outcomes of all community engagement and planning activities was presented to the full Council meeting on Monday 8 July and the following recommendations were endorsed:

  • A draft concept design for the Elizabeth Street Precinct upgrade be developed with consideration of the Project Action Team’s principles, desired outcomes and recommendations, as outlined in Attachment A to item 6.1 of the Open City Infrastructure Committee agenda of 19 June 2019.
  • The draft concept design for the Elizabeth Street Precinct upgrade be communicated to Elected Members by way of a briefing, prior to further targeted consultation with key stakeholders, landlords and property owners.
  • A further report be provided to the Council following key stakeholder engagement and prior to broader community consultation on the draft concept design.

A detailed report addressing the potential loss of carparking within the Elizabeth Street Precinct be referred to the Finance and Governance Committee at the appropriate time.

View the full Council report HERE.


Project Background

Elizabeth Street retail precinct – aka Midtown – will be the third project to be developed under the City of Hobart’s Local Retail Precincts Plan. The City has worked with local communities in Lenah Valley and New Town to improve their shopping areas. A refreshed Lenah Valley shopping area was constructed in 2018 and an upgrade will occur in New Town in 2019.

The focus has now shifted to Elizabeth Street with planning underway and a comprehensive community engagement program scheduled for 2019.

We invite the community to join us in re-imagining the future of Elizabeth Street. This project's focus will be between Melville Street and Warwick Street with works to commence in the 2020/2021 financial year.


Potential improvements

A design will be prepared in the second half of 2019, once the the concept planning has been undertaken with community stakeholders. Streetscape improvements that may be within the scope of the project include:

•Renewed, widened footpaths

•Improved pedestrian crossing facilities

•Landscaping and high quality surface finishes

•Deciduous street trees

•New street furniture

•Public art

•Smart cities infrastructure


Stay informed and have your say in the following ways:


In December 2018, the City started engaging with the community on the upgrade of the Elizabeth Street Retail Precinct. Engagement for this project has so far consisted of:

  • Post Card Survey
  • Community Survey
  • Community Workshops with four stakeholder groups; Community, Young People, Traders and Business and Active Commuters.

If you would like to find out what we've heard so far, the results can be found in the Engagement Report - Stage 1 Issues and Vision


Project Action Team Update

In April and May 2019, the City worked with a group of 28 community stakeholders known at the Project Action Team (PAT). The PAT is a group of people who are passionate about Midtown and are people of different ages, backgrounds and lives, including people who live, work and own businesses in the precinct.

The PAT participated in a collaborative process to develop a set of shared principles and recommendations that they hope will guide the Council’s work in the streetscape upgrade. Find out what the PAT recommended by reading the Midtown PAT Recommendations Report.

This report, along with the outcomes of all community engagement and planning activities was presented to the full Council meeting on Monday 8 July and the following recommendations were endorsed:

  • A draft concept design for the Elizabeth Street Precinct upgrade be developed with consideration of the Project Action Team’s principles, desired outcomes and recommendations, as outlined in Attachment A to item 6.1 of the Open City Infrastructure Committee agenda of 19 June 2019.
  • The draft concept design for the Elizabeth Street Precinct upgrade be communicated to Elected Members by way of a briefing, prior to further targeted consultation with key stakeholders, landlords and property owners.
  • A further report be provided to the Council following key stakeholder engagement and prior to broader community consultation on the draft concept design.

A detailed report addressing the potential loss of carparking within the Elizabeth Street Precinct be referred to the Finance and Governance Committee at the appropriate time.

View the full Council report HERE.


Project Background

Elizabeth Street retail precinct – aka Midtown – will be the third project to be developed under the City of Hobart’s Local Retail Precincts Plan. The City has worked with local communities in Lenah Valley and New Town to improve their shopping areas. A refreshed Lenah Valley shopping area was constructed in 2018 and an upgrade will occur in New Town in 2019.

The focus has now shifted to Elizabeth Street with planning underway and a comprehensive community engagement program scheduled for 2019.

We invite the community to join us in re-imagining the future of Elizabeth Street. This project's focus will be between Melville Street and Warwick Street with works to commence in the 2020/2021 financial year.


Potential improvements

A design will be prepared in the second half of 2019, once the the concept planning has been undertaken with community stakeholders. Streetscape improvements that may be within the scope of the project include:

•Renewed, widened footpaths

•Improved pedestrian crossing facilities

•Landscaping and high quality surface finishes

•Deciduous street trees

•New street furniture

•Public art

•Smart cities infrastructure


Stay informed and have your say in the following ways:


  • CLOSED: Registration has now closed for the Project Action Team

    We are seeking expressions of interest from community stakeholders to join the Project Action Team (PAT). The team will ideally be comprised of a balance of Midtown community representatives including traders from along the street, residents and stakeholders from the local area.

    Diverse groups work best, so we’re inviting people of different ages and life stages to get involved. Ideally we’d have about 20 people on the team.

    The group will play a major role in shaping the direction of the project. Participants will determine the objectives of the project, evaluate a number of options and recommend a draft concept

    We are seeking expressions of interest from community stakeholders to join the Project Action Team (PAT). The team will ideally be comprised of a balance of Midtown community representatives including traders from along the street, residents and stakeholders from the local area.

    Diverse groups work best, so we’re inviting people of different ages and life stages to get involved. Ideally we’d have about 20 people on the team.

    The group will play a major role in shaping the direction of the project. Participants will determine the objectives of the project, evaluate a number of options and recommend a draft concept for the community and the Council to consider.

    What’s involved? We’ll provide you with information including reports and presentations from various experts. It will be interesting and important work - but it does require a commitment to attend some evening meetings in April and possibly a Saturday workshop on 4 May 2019. Meetings will not be held during school holidays. 

    Food and refreshments will be provided at the meetings and the City can cover some costs that may be a barrier to participation such as taxi fares and childcare. Please discuss this with us.

    Interested? Find more information and register here, or call the project manager Sarah Bendeich on 03 6238 2584.

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The City of Hobart is planning to improve the Elizabeth Street local retail precinct to make it a more vibrant, inviting and accessible place for everyone to enjoy and take pride in.  

    The first step is to understand the aspirations and priorities of the community. To help us with this, we’d like to hear from people who live, work, study, run a business, visit or shop in the precinct. 

    Please take the time to complete the Issues and Vision Survey by 31 March 2019.

    If you are having any issues completing this survey online please call 6238 2564 to request a

    The City of Hobart is planning to improve the Elizabeth Street local retail precinct to make it a more vibrant, inviting and accessible place for everyone to enjoy and take pride in.  

    The first step is to understand the aspirations and priorities of the community. To help us with this, we’d like to hear from people who live, work, study, run a business, visit or shop in the precinct. 

    Please take the time to complete the Issues and Vision Survey by 31 March 2019.

    If you are having any issues completing this survey online please call 6238 2564 to request a printed survey or 6238 2564 to request a phone interview.


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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Enter your details below to RSVP for the Midtown community workshop on Thursday 14 March 2019.

    Enter your details below to RSVP for the Midtown community workshop on Thursday 14 March 2019.

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Enter your details below to RSVP for the Midtown traders workshop on Wednesday 13 March, 6-8pm.

    Enter your details below to RSVP for the Midtown traders workshop on Wednesday 13 March, 6-8pm.

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.
    In 2019 the City of Hobart will invite the community to join us in planning a more vibrant, accessible and attractive main street for Hobart’s midtown. Before we get started, we want to hear your big ideas.

    In 2019 the City of Hobart will invite the community to join us in planning a more vibrant, accessible and attractive main street for Hobart’s midtown. Before we get started, we want to hear your big ideas.

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