Michael Ferguson,Minister for State Development, Construction and Housing
The Tasmanian Liberal Government has taken another important step forward in delivering its $42.15 million redevelopment of the Hobart Showground.
In line with the commitment in our First 100 Day Plan, we met with representatives of RAST (Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania) on Wednesday and confirmed that the Development Application for the Pavilion is expected to be lodged in late August, with the process for the execution of the Grant Deed also on track.
RAST has developed a Master Plan and Renewal project that includes a contemporary vision for creating a vibrant and connected community in the heart of Glenorchy.
The renewal of the Showgrounds will provide a significant economic boost to our economy over the next four years, and importantly include infrastructure upgrades to support the construction of 450 new homes for Tasmanians.
The Tasmanian Government promised to immediately get to work to provide $42.15 million for the redevelopment and we are delivering.
Of the 450 new homes catered for on the site, up to 150 of these will be affordable, including 120 new social and affordable homes and up to 30 HomeShare dwellings for low income first home buyers.
RAST will transfer the land to Housing Tasmania for the purpose of managing the construction of these 150 dwellings.
RAST believes the project will be one of the largest urban renewal redevelopments ever seen in Hobart.
The organisation’s CEO, Scott Gadd, said it will secure the future of the Society and the Royal Hobart Show; it will protect the role of the Showground as a home for community activities, and it will transform an under-utilised open space into a valuable community asset
“As the Government has recognised, the redevelopment will also be an exemplar for urban in-fill housing,” Mr Gadd said.
Following the lodgement of the Development Application and execution of the Grant Deed, RAST is intending to commence early works early in 2022.