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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. 

Updated June 2019


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 (tenders received in May 2020).

The redevelopment is estimated to cost in the vicinity of $5 million, made possible through a $3 million grant from the State Government with the balance made up from Council’s cash reserves.  It is anticipated that the project will take 18 months to deliver from inception, with the design and procurement phase completed by mid-2019 and anticipated opening in late 2020.    Council is exploring options regarding the construction phase to see if it is possible to construct the new facility without closing for the 2019/2020 season.

The redevelopment will deliver a state of the art outdoor aquatic facility, which will be free of charge and not only enhance the liveability of the community but will also serve as an attraction in its own right to increase visitation to Scottsdale.  This is particularly relevant in the context of the anticipated 50,000 plus annual visitors to Derby, as it provides a further product offering to these visitors thereby spreading the economic benefit of this world class mountain bike product.  

Updated June 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). 

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