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North East Rail Trail gets development green light

Dorset Council has approved the development application to extend the North East Rail Trail in its municipality, but opponents have flagged they intend to appeal the decision.

People have two weeks to lodge appeals to the planning decision to the Resource Management and Planning Appeals Tribunal and the tribunal must resolve an appeal within 90 days. This means a decision on whether work can start could be known by May/June.

If the decision goes against the trail opponents then they could still appeal on a question of law to the Supreme Court, which could further delay the start of work.

Elizabeth Street trial soon to begin

Construction work to facilitate a one-year trial of expanded outdoor dining and a painted uphill bike lane in Elizabeth Street in Hobart has nearly finished.

The trial will operate in the section between Melville and Brisbane streets and involves the  installation of temporary kerbs and dining platforms in existing car parking bays.

The new dining platforms will also have bicycle hoops for parking and a painted uphill bike lane alongside the western-side platform and parked cars.

Huon Hwy–Sandfly Rd intersection work starts

Work on the new intersection at Huon Highway and Sandfly Road is due to begin this month, and will continue until late this year, operating Monday to Saturday between 7 am and 5 pm.

The worksite will constrict traffic to one lane each way on the Huon Highway, with slower speeds of 40–60 km. Traffic management will be in place while workers are on site.

If you have any issues with the traffic management in place contact Hazell Bros, on (03) 6277 7888 or email

Parking woes on shared path

We’ve had several people contact us about all the cars that have suddenly started parking alongside the shared path near the old Engineers building on Tasman Hwy/Davey Street, including one car that parked over the narrow kerb ramp which is the only way up and off the path.

Hobart Council will soon be putting up no parking signs for all the roadway alongside the shared path so this will hopefully be a blip that will soon disappear.

Until this happens please report cars parked over the ramps to the council on 03 6238 2711 so an officer can book and potentially tow away problem parkers.

St Helens overtaking lane work begins
The government is starting work on new overtaking lanes south of St Helens to Diana's Basin from 1 March.
There will be lane closures and traffic management in place during the work, Monday to Friday, 7 am to 6 pm and some Saturday work, with completion due at the end of the year.