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Special towns

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  1. 1. TASMANIATASMANIATASMANIATASMANIATASMANIA STHELENSNEWNORFOLKDERBYSHEFFIELDSNUGBOT VANDIEMENSLANDVANDIEMENSLANDVANDIEMENS HWELLCYGNETSTMARYSSTRAHANBICHENOWARATA AUSTRALIAAUSTRALIAAUSTRALIAAUSTRALIAAUSTRA HDELORAINEBRIDPORTHUONVILLEULVERSTONERO SOUTHERNOCEANSOUTHERNOCEANSOUTHERNOCE SEBERRYSORELLFRANKLINOATLANDSORFORDCAMP GONDWANAGONDWANAGONDWANAGONDWANAGO ANIASCOTTSDALERICHMONDCAMPBELLTOWNTRIAB 20002000200020002000200020002000200020002000 UNNAWHITEMARKMARGATELUNAWANNAFINGALCR OURSOURSOURSOURSOURSOURSOURSOURSOURSOU AAA SSS PPP EEE CCC III AAA LLL SSS TTT AAA TTT EEE ’’’ SSS SSS PPP EEE CCC III AAA LLL TTT OOO WWW NNN SSS MUTUALLY SUPPORTIVE REGIONS, MUNICIPALITIES, ISLANDS, LOCALES, CITIES AND TOWNS CREATING A VERY HEALTHY STATE THROUGH AUTHENTIC UP-TO-DATE TOWNSHIP LIFESTYLES. L E S S C E N T R A L I S A T I O N WWW OOO RRR KKK III NNN GGG TTT OOO GGG EEE TTT HHH EEE RRR A draft proposition for discussion F o r a l l T a s m a n i a n t o w n s a n d a l l T a s m a n i a A n d f o r n e w T a s m a n i a n t o w n s a n d a r e n e w e d T a s m a n i a M. John Latham 12.11.99
  2. 2. TRAFFICTRANQUILITYCOMMUNITYALIENATIONAIRHOM ELOCALEIDENTITYDISTANCESCENERYSKYFAMILIARITYC ORPORATEOWNERSHIPSCALEUSTHEMTRAVELHINTERL ANDPACEBALANCESIMPLICITYSUBURBIARELAXATIONIS OLATIONRESOURCECOMMONALITYPSYCHOLOGIESCLOS ENESSURBANITYPEACEVIABLENECESSARYOPTIONCOUN TOWNSHIP LIFESTYLE Economically, Environmentally and Socially sensible for Tasmania Tasmanian Towns individually and jointly are a critical contribution to the various characters and nature of the unique Tasmanian lifestyle experience. Modern economic pressures weigh heavily on small towns and small states alike. Tasmania is best served by planning for a synergy of; Burgeoning townships, Limited-growth burgeoning cities and Environmental recreation with Links to the megapolii. Even now, in our rundown condition, a potpourri of delight and interest awaits both the visiting and local driver. And this, whilst oft die-hard towns people enjoy deeply humane lifestyles and others depart to survive. In the fostering of our country towns there are cultural, economic, social, lifestyle and industrial potentials for the State and the Nation. A way forward for Tasmania that makes maximum use of some of our niche market characteristics and our preferred values: a way forward that also offers, through coordinated decentralisation, some relief from city sprawl. Local communities, local ownership, local uniqueness, local administration and local hospitality exist in towns simultaneously with some matching aspects of State and Federal values…….but these values are justified first and foremost by township lifestyle and natural locale. In creating the “bigger picture” we have somewhat neglected the smaller, and so suffer the emotional pain of dying towns and the increasing emotional and environmental problems of over- centralisation. The nub of this is that today practical and synergetic liaison does not adequately occur among towns people, region(s), Municipality(s), State, Nation and the various pertinent non-political expertise. Town people need pertinent practical advice and skill, as do the broader bodies – a one-stop township action shop - at hand. A ‘townships unit’, potent in urban and social skills, could participate with an ‘all parties liaison committee’, ascertaining, advising and undertaking balanced Town and State development objectives. The inspired energy of local activists can in this way be fostered for authentic community development and placemaking of Town and State.
  3. 3. RELATIVITYWHOLECONSTITUENTFULLNESSVOTEVOI CESYNERGYDEMOCRACYBALANCECONSOLIDARITYM UTUALITYCOMMONALITYSHAREDOWNERSHIPINTER ESTSVALUESBASICLYSENSIBLEFLATHEIRARCHYCANB ERRASTMARYSCONTINENTALLOCALERENEWALASSES SMENTEVALUATIONIMAGINATIONDIVERSITYTASMAN IATOGETHERPLACEOFABODEPOLITICSPEOPLE………….. ………...THECONSOLIDATEDSETTLEMENTSCOMMITTEE THE CONSOLIDATED TASMANIA COMMITTEE All Parties liaison As a partial measure to secure this renewed actualisation of towns and State, a committee is necessary. Perhaps called the Consolidated Tasmania Committee, it will be primarily a union of four ‘people of place’ elements; Communities (wider and local), Local Councils, State Government and Federal Government with Expertise. It would be established under State auspices, on behalf of each committee member. It’s focus will be on mutual benefit for all constituents. The Committee’s objective will be to make best use of township resources, potentials and initiatives; while placing axiomatic value on the significance to the State of the unique authentic character and locale of each township. It is envisaged that it’s objectives will be to; FOR THE TOWNSHIPS Achieve appropriate improvements in liveability, trade, employment, sustainability, services, cultural and natural heritage, environment, infrastructure, expertise resource, education, and cultural development. Strengthen the genius loci for each town regarding special interest objectives, identity in the State, demographics, locational advantage, and uniqueness criteria. FOR THE STATE Sustain and develop critical assets - the towns. Create and enhance access to regional natural assets - forests, beaches, skiing, fishing etc. Develop decentrality of state industry and lifestyle. Discover and foster potentials for economic diversity and microeconomics. Foster regional employment.
  4. 4. RELATIVITYWHOLECONSTITUENTFULLNESSVOTEVOI CESYNERGYDEMOCRACYBALANCECONSOLIDARITYM UTUALITYCOMMONALITYSHAREDOWNERSHIPINTER ESTSVALUESBASICLYSENSIBLEFLATHEIRARCHYCANB ERRASTMARYSCONTINENTALLOCALERENEWALASSES SMENTEVALUATIONIMAGINATIONDIVERSITYTASMAN IATOGETHERPLACEOFABODEPOLITICSPEOPLE………….. ………...THECONSOLIDATEDSETTLEMENTSCOMMITTEE Encourage settlement Where appropriate foster tourism - state, national, international Enhance education Enhance cultural diversity Enhance and complement the islands’ beauties Encourage primary production on any scale to consolidate a basis for economic sustainability and independence The townships unit will refine, facilitate and implement the goals decided by the Committee. Committee project goals might include such as; Transport concessions – perhaps lower petrol tax in the country. Industry development – perhaps land- use planning that limits cities in favour of towns. Touring network – routes, facilities, information and townscape for tourists. A regional concert venue program – a venue per region from a common plan and tender, with local finishing. Settlement programs – urban planning and promotion. Model environmental engineering programs – economy of scale for council guidelines. Town for town development coordination. Etceteras. A Scenario An example scenario may be say the fostering of say St Marys in the interest of both the State and the locale for its value as an access point to substantial recreational assets. This will involve ‘sprucing up’ the town, in accord with any local desire, to enhance visitor interest. Included would be townscape work, orientation signs, facilities and services to suit and administrative coordinations. It may be that in addition St Marys suits a program of new settlement or employment that can be incorporated into the strategy. Local skills and industry will be used and developed. Above all, the viability of the town supports the viability of the State.
  5. 5. ONESTOPSHOPFORPERSONANDPOLITICIANACCESSAB LEGUIDANCEANDADVICEONTOWNDEVELOPMENTMA TTERSURBANPLANNINGDESIGNCOMMUNITYDEVELO PMENTRESOURCEDATABASELIASONCOMMITTEEGOA LSRESEARCHSYNTHESISENCOURAGEEMPOWERINSTR UMENTFORAUTHENTICTOWNSHIPDEVELOPMENTAU THENTICTOWNSHIPDEVELOPMENTTOWNSHIPACTUA LISATIONTOWNSHIPACTUALISATION…………………… THE TASMANIAN TOWNSHIPS UNIT Urban and Social professionals The Tasmanian Township Unit, as an implementing and advisory arm of the Committee, will work to improve and sustain the liveability of towns. It may also support, under supplementary arrangement, stand-alone projects – projects that do not directly match State objectives. All towns will undergo strategic consideration within the State and therefore a developing database and economy of scale will streamline the cost, effectiveness and value of the Unit. (As such it will potentially be valuable for other areas of political planning intelligence and decision making.) The Unit will coordinate design of programs that integrate local, regional and State objectives. The programs will involve best use of existing township infrastructure, resource, regional access, environment, heritage and growth potential in conjunction with local skill and aspiration. They will include townscape, facility, environment, locale-specific industry, land-use and social programs, new settlement promotion, public culture, Federal programs and “regional access, resource utilisation, locational advantage” State development strategies all sensitive to State and locale - coordinating policy with place. The Unit’s work will be community research and workshops, townscape design, economic development programs, heritage interpretation, signing, facilities programs, resource audits, promotion, urban planning environmental engineering, documentation and town image. The programs will support and assist a new coordination of existing programs by the State in regional communities and by the local Councils and Community Organisations in community cultural and economic development. A fundamental ethic of the Unit is sensitivity to local community values, aspiration and consent.
  6. 6. MONEYMONEYMONEYMONEYMONEYMONEY EFFORTEFFFORTEFFORTEFFORTEFFORTEFF INVESTMENTINVESTMENTINVESTMENTINVE WORKWORKWORKWORKWORKWORKWORK ENERGYENERGYENERGYENERGYENERGYEN BALANCEBALANCEBALANCEBALANCEBALAN NECESSITYNECESSITYNECESSITYNECESSITY ALLOCATIONALLOCATIONALLOCATIONALLO GOESROUNDGOESROUNDGOESROUNDGOES ANYTHINGANYTHINGANYTHINGANYTHINGA SELFSUSTAININGGROWTHSELFSUSTAINING FUNDS AND RESOURCES The Federal and State portfolios and Local Government programs channel funds variously for townscape, culture, employment, environment, heritage, roads, water, power, tourism, palliative care, crime etc. Portions of these existing expenditures can be rationalised and focused through the Consolidated Tasmania Committee. Volunteer energy has a strong history in local community development. The Township Unit may also be funded for individual projects by any Committee Constituent. Many existing regional assessment and proposal reports are languishing on shelves; these and local area plans can be called into use in conjunction with new material to support achievement of the Committee’s objectives. A program over five years buoyed by economies of scale and joint effort would make a very substantial impact on programs and work on the ground, potentially benefiting all towns and Tasmania. The work will be incremental and probably require relatively small initial funding without long term commitment; the program developing only as sustainability of the strategy is proved. By definition, the expenditure is investment and the extent of investment is a matter for the Committee constituents.
  7. 7. TTTHHHEEE PPPRRROOOCCCEEESSSSSS COMMUNITY regional, state, industry,business, towns v v v v FEDERAL AND STATE PORTFOLIOS COUNCILS, LGA industry, employment, tourism, planning, economy, local govt etc MINISTERS/STAFF COUNCILLORS/STAFF >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< v v v V ssshhhaaarrreeeddd ooobbbjjjeeeccctttiiivvveeesss v v v V TTTHHHEEE CCCOOONNNSSSOOOLLLIIIDDDAAATTTEEEDDD TTTAAASSSMMMAAANNNIIIAAA CCCOOOMMMMMMIIITTTTTTEEEEEE I I sourcing INTELLIGENCE ASPIRATION RESOURCE v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^ V ^ TTTOOOWWWNNNSSSHHHIIIPPPSSS UUUNNNIIITTT for a consolidated Tasmania Base Objective - mutual benefit authentic township/state charisma PROGRAMS townscape, culture, industry, employment, economy cultural townscape, and assistance to and coordination of pertinent existing program organisations WORKSHOPS, WORKS and PROGRAMS I I I The unit consists of Urban and Social Expertise coordinating Community Consultation and synthesising designs and programs. I I I Responsible to the Committee

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