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The core priorities of Goal Four: Regional development are:

Continued collaboration between State and Local Government in implementing the Local Government Partnership Program. The Partnership Program is moving toward a stronger regional approach, with a focus on the public and private sectors working together to exploit regional strengths within and between industry sectors.

Continued focus on collaborative transport planning by State and Local Governments.  Transport planning is critical to enabling access to employment education and recreation and the growth and health of Tasmania’s communities.  Priority will be given to the implementation of the Southern Regional Integrated Transport Plan and the review of the Cradle Coast and Northern Regional Integrated Transport Plans.

Implementation of the State Government’s Passenger Transport Innovation program that has a range of projects that will improve accessibility, including:

    • development of an urban travel demand model to better forecast the impact of passenger transport proposals 
    • establishment of a Greater Launceston Metropolitan Transport Plan
    • a pilot work place travel behaviour change program that will target State Government employees
    • improved bus services on urban fringe and regional bus routes, based on service development plans prepared by bus operators
    • targeted improvement in off-bus infrastructure on urban fringe bus routes, which is being pursued in partnership with councils
    • a trial of WiFi on inter-regional and some urban fringe bus routes
    • the appointment of an Active Transport Officer to work with stakeholders in identifying and developing active transport networks for walking and cycling. 

The State Government will also commit an additional $3.25 million for the next four years to Metro Tasmania for bus capital and service enhancement projects.

Development and implementation the  Regional Development Program. This program will involve:

    • developing and facilitating implementation of regional economic development plans for each of the three regions – north western, northern and southern Tasmania in conjunction with local and Australian governments and regional stakeholders. Regional economic development plans will be developed by 1 July 2012 and will be an important integrated policy to complement regional land-use strategies. They will draw on the sectoral strategies in Goal Two and each region will have different sectoral priorities. We need to make sure that our land use, infrastructure, businesses and people are best placed to make the most of our opportunities and are investment-ready and to ensure that we are best placed to access Australian Government funds.
    • Investment attraction and  facilitation will be an important function in regional development. The emphasis will be on helping new small and medium-sized investors, including existing businesses that are looking to expand to navigate the development path, particularly in relation to the various government and related  entities. 
    • Identifying key industrial sites and ensuring that they are investment ready.
    • Supporting planning reform by encouraging greater collaboration between councils such as sharing resources to achieve regional and sub-regional planning objectives. This may include support for strategies and structure plans in priority locations similar to the award winning Vision East project on the East Coast. Within settlements, structure plans can be used to define which land can be used for what purposes such as industrial sites, housing, and infrastructure. They are used to inform planning schemes and to unlock investment potential and jobs by creating certainty for investors. They need to reflect community interests. Priorities will be locations with growth potential or those in transition such as our traditional forest communities that are adversely affected by the downturn in that industry.    


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