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 is progressing well on the multi-million dollar Scottsdale Pool Redevelopment. The project is aiming to be completed ready for next swimming season with the redeveloped facility boasting a 25m lap pool, a Learn to Swim pool and a Leisure Pool complete with Splash Pad Water Play area.
For this upcoming season the top spots to cool off will be Branxholm, Ringarooma and/or Winnaleah swimming pools.
Updated June 2021
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.
Updated June 2019
Scottsdale Irrigation Scheme
The taps are turned and the Scottsdale Irrigation Scheme is fully operational with farmers already benefitting from the scheme.
While the Scottsdale Irrigation Scheme is not regarded as officially complete until the completion of the mini hydro scheme (expected in April 2021) the tap has been turned and farmers are already drawing down on their water entitlements. Currently 1/3rd of the scheme’s capacity is being drawn by farmers across the Scottsdale, Bridport, Springfield, Nabowla and Waterhouse areas with volumes expecting to increase over the summer months. Water from the scheme will be used for dairying, livestock finishing and for production of poppies, potatoes and vegetables.
Dorset Council was a pivotal player in the scheme’s origins through underwriting the scheme and committing to purchase a minimum of 1.250ML of unsold water entitlements to ensure the presale benchmark for Federal Government funding was reached.
With strong pre-commissioning demand and Tasmanian Irrigations purchasing flexibility and landholder incentives there is just 1,552ML of water entitlements left to purchase. Council has a high degree of confidence that all of Council’s water entitlements will be sold within the next 5 years if not sooner.
Updated December 2020