City of Launceston plans northern suburbs' future

The City of Launceston has released a northern suburbs discussion paper to help shape the revitalisation plan it committed to in the City Deal. 

The paper focuses on the six areas of health and wellbeing; housing; education; transport; employment and economic growth; and Infrastructure and public spaces.

Bicycle infrastructure and support were not in the top issues mentioned during the initial public consultation, despite the northern suburbs' easy riding distance from the city centre.  

However, the discussion paper asks for ideas to improve active transport in and around the region as an alternative to public transport. 

There is already a separated bike path beginning in Rocherlea that just needs a missing connection around Mowbray Racecourse to get to Inveresk and connection to the city centre.

The university trail between the city centre and Newnham also provides a separated link. It may be that improving signage and connections on existing paths would also help to get more people riding. 

Creating new paths or separated cycleways that lead to major attractors such as schools, shops and services within the northern suburbs would also give residents more transport choice. 

Opportunities to exercise did not come up as a health issue in the consultation, although getting more people using active transport helps supports the health and transport foci. 

The City of Launceston is also due to start developing a new Transport Strategy, which may include a separated cycleways network that takes in the northern suburbs.  

Feedback on the discussion paper is being accepted until 1 March, you can fill out the template or email your comments directly