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:


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