Apr 24, 2012

Getting the planning right for central Kingston

We’re pleased to announce that Kingston will soon be home to an innovative project showcasing the best in urban design, planning and renewal, funded as part of our efforts to make the nation’s major cities more productive, sustainable and liveable.

The Gillard Labor Government is providing $200,000 to fund a masterplan to guide the redevelopment of the former Kingston High School site.

Kingston is Tasmania’s fastest growing community and has been subject to ad hoc planning that has not sometimes reflected the needs of the community.

The future use of the extensive former Kingston High School site has attracted considerable local interest and is seen as a great opportunity to make a more liveable and people friendly CBD.

The masterplan will look at:

  • the best land use and development options
  • an urban design plan for the whole site
  • a transport strategy incorporating pedestrian access and public transport
  • economic feasibility.

The masterplan is funded through the Federal Government’s $20 million Liveable Cities program and supports the aims of the National Urban Policy.

The work will be undertaken by the Kingborough Council in partnership with the Tasmanian Government.

From a national perspective, it’s a great example of the kind of planning at the local and citywide level which will be required to address the big challenges facing our cities such as climate change, a lack of affordable housing, traffic congestion and a growing, ageing population.

That’s why Federal Labor has ended the Commonwealth’s self-imposed, decade long exile from our major cities and is again engaging with the states and territories and local councils to bring about a much needed urban renaissance.

As one of the most urbanised societies on the planet, Australia’s future economic prosperity and social cohesion will depend largely on how successful we are at making our cities work better.