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Major Projects

Tasman Highway 'Sideling' Upgrade

An election commitment has secured $40 million in Federal Government funding which, matched with State Government funding, will provide $50 million towards a significant upgrading of the Tasman Highway between Minstone Road and St Patricks River. 

The objective of the project is to upgrade approximately 24km of the Tasman Highway including the notorious “Sideling” to allow for heavy vehicle usage, transforming the Tasman Highway into the preferred freight route to Launceston.  The upgrade will see the straightening of the existing alignment, widening of the road pavement, and the addition of passing lanes and slow vehicle turn out points. 

In addition to the obvious benefits to residents of the North East through improved road infrastructure, this project will be the most significant inter-generational investment in the region to date unlocking the potential of the North East, leveraging off the significant investment in irrigation schemes in the region.  The project will also provide significant benefit to the City of Launceston by taking the North East freight off the northern outlet and out of Bathurst and Patterson streets and will provide an improved access route through to the east coast via the Dorset municipality. 

The Tasmanian Government has engaged an expert consultant to undertake a comprehensive options analysis report for improvements to the Tasman Highway 'Sideling' road.  This report is due to be received within a month and will help determine which option is the most viable for the $50 million upgrade.

A $1.5 million feasibility study, which is expected to take twelve months to complete, is being undertaken by the Department of State Growth and paid for by Federal Member for Bass, Bridget Archer as part of an election promise.

Updated June 2020


Scottsdale Swimming Pool Redevelopment

Council have publicly tendered for both the wet play area equipment (tender awarded in March 2020) and the main pools and associated works (tender awarded in June 2020).

The redevelopment is estimated to cost in the vicinity of $7 million, made possible through a $3 million grant from the State Government with the balance made up from Council’s cash reserves.  Fairbrother was announced as the successful tenderer for the main pool project in June 2020.  A site layout plan can be viewed here.  

Work has now commenced on the multi million dollar Scottsdale Pool Redevelopment and is progressing well. The project will take 12-15 months with the finished result set to impress young and old alike. The redeveloped facility will boast a 25m lap pool, a Learn to Swim pool and a Leisure Pool complete with Splash Pad Water Play area. To get your water fix during the upcoming season there is plenty of fun to be had at Branxholm, Ringarooma and Winnaleah swimming pools.

Updated September 2020


North East Rail Trail

At the November 2018 Council Meeting, Council resolved to confirm its commitment to the construction of the North East Rail Trail.  Council also publicly stated its support of the eminently sensible compromise position of the State Government which would see the Rail Trail commence in Lilydale and join up with the existing 17km Rail Trail in Scottsdale.  This compromise position provides the heritage rail advocates with the opportunity to realise their vision of a heritage rail which would operate between Lilydale and Launceston (or Coldwater Creek). 

Council have included a budget allocation in its 2020/21 Estimates with the hope of a new funding stream being available and successful in the new financial year.

Updated June 2020


Bridport Marine Zone Master Plan

A working group has been formed to discuss and review the concept design options and costings which were devised out of community consultation meetings in late 2018.

Bridport Master Plan - Marine Zone Minutes - 17 December 2018

Updated June 2019