Official opening of LIVING CITY Stage 1

It was a very proud moment for me to speak at the official opening of the much anticipated LIVING CITY Stage 1

Over the past few months I have had the privilege of being a National Senator representing Tasmania on the federal stage boasting about our opportunities and possibilities.

The 26th largest island in the world being only 68,401 sq kms, with annual agricultural production valued at $1.5 billion, fishery production at $913 million and forestry wood products valued annually at $383 million.

20% listed as World Wilderness heritage; 2000 km of walking tracks; an island of opportunity and an island of possibilities.

However, conversations always lead to Devonport and how it is becoming more vibrant, dynamic and a city that is truly moving ahead.

After 30 years of dreaming and numerous attempts, the vision for LIVING CITY was born February 2012, set to change our city’s heart and to revive our region.

As Mayor of Devonport, I proudly accepted in May 2015 a $10 million National Stronger Regions Grant from the National Liberal Coalition government and the State Government commitment of $12 million, enabling construction of Stage 1 to commence in mid-2016.

So here we are today six and a half years later, with the $70 million stage one built. This magnificent parnaple Centre, the 500 space multi-storey car park and Providore Place.

Building a new direction for Devonport and building confidence for our city and the region.

Where tourist can base themselves for day trips:

Sheffield – Latrobe – Central Coast – Burnie – Waratah Wynyard – Circular Head – West Coast

This is only the beginning next stage is attracting private investment for a 150 room hotel that will overlook the new Waterfront precinct.

Again a proud moment, as a National Senator having secured the $10 million funding needed for the waterside precinct having recently announced alongside the Deputy Prime Minister, Leader of the National Party Michael McCormack.

LIVING City is a long term project and through its futuristic vision will provide 830 ongoing jobs and inject $112 million into our local economy each year.

It is the largest urban renewal ever undertaken in regional Tasmania.    

As a Devonport resident, I’m proud that LIVING CITY will help provide a future for our children and our grandchildren one we all can be proud of.

It will lead by example that it is OK to dream, to be aspirational, to back yourself and the aim to always leave behind a better place than what you started with, one with more opportunity and one with more possibilities.

I am very proud to be here today, to have played a major role in securing funding as a new National Senator.

But no more proud to have been involved with a great Council, a Council that showed great vision, boldness and courage.

Congratulations to all the Aldermen who fully supported the vision for LIVING CITY and in making it real.

Congratulations to Council’s management, especially, General Manager Paul West and Deputy General Manager Matthew Atkins.

Now it is about continuing with the vision, not resting on our laurels and always asking what’s next.