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MUTUALLY SUPPORTIVE REGIONS, MUNICIPALITIES, ISLANDS, LOCALES, CITIES AND TOWNS
CREATING A VERY HEALTHY STATE THROUGH AUTHENTIC UP-TO-DATE TOWNSHIP LIFESTYLES.
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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
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
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
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-
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
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.
THE CONSOLIDATED TASMANIA
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
Communities (wider and local),
State Government and
Federal Government with
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
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
Create and enhance access to regional
natural assets - forests, beaches, skiing,
Develop decentrality of state industry
Discover and foster potentials for
economic diversity and
Foster regional employment.
Where appropriate foster tourism -
state, national, international
Enhance cultural diversity
Enhance and complement the islands’
Encourage primary production on any
scale to consolidate a basis for
economic sustainability and
The townships unit will refine, facilitate
and implement the goals decided by the
Committee project goals might include
Transport concessions – perhaps lower
petrol tax in the country.
Industry development – perhaps land-
use planning that limits cities in favour
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
Model environmental engineering
programs – economy of scale for council
Town for town development
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.
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
A fundamental ethic of the Unit is
sensitivity to local community values,
aspiration and consent.
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
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
By definition, the expenditure is investment and the extent of investment is a matter for the
regional, state, industry,business, towns
STATE PORTFOLIOS COUNCILS, LGA
industry, employment, tourism,
planning, economy, local govt etc
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for a consolidated Tasmania
Base Objective - mutual benefit authentic township/state charisma
townscape, culture, industry, employment, economy
cultural townscape, and assistance to and coordination of pertinent existing program organisations
WORKSHOPS, WORKS and PROGRAMS
The unit consists of
Urban and Social Expertise
coordinating Community Consultation
and synthesising designs and programs.
Responsible to the Committee