North/North East Tasmanian Projects

As projects are identified and prioritised, NTDC develops these to reflect the best outcomes for the community, businesses and the region as a whole.

Our North and North East Tasmanian Projects

For more information regarding these projects please contact NTDC

Asia Engagement Export StrategyAsia Engagement

NTDC is looking to establish a 12-month pilot project aimed at assisting our current smaller exporters or potential new exporters in the food and beverage/wine sectors.  With the priority markets of Japan, China and South Korea identified in the Asia Engagement report completed in September 2016, it was evident that these should be explored when opportunities arise.

A complimentary cluster of smaller food/wine/beverage operators who are willing to work together for the benefit of the region and their own products has been formed.  This approach will provide learnings for those involved and a be a cost-effective way of testing new or expanded market opportunities.

Although still in the early stages - the group of interested producers met last month, with NTDC's Maree Tetlow, Member Councils, Federal and State Government and business representatives and discussed current issues, priority markets, practical information on the various Free Trade Agreements, freight company options, the value of the 'Tasmania Brand'and the opportunities of future joint ventures.  If you are interested in being part of this pilot group please contact Maree Tetlow on 03 6380 6803.  

For anyone thinking about exporting - here are some handy hints about where to find more information - Exporting Toolkit.

Regional Investment AnalysisRegional Investment Analysis - Industrial Precinct Technical Guides

With the finalisation of the Northern Tasmanian Industrial Land Strategy in late 2014, a recommendation in the report identified the need to promote and communicate the region's significant industrial precincts to a wider audience. The development of a regional prospectus that contained qualitative information on each industrial precinct would go a long way to 'selling' the benefits of investing in each precinct.

With this in mind SGS Economics and Planning were engaged to undertake the development of technical guides that can be used in addition to these investment prospectuses. The technical guides contain a detailed profile of each precinct, acting as a snapshot of information that could be used by prospective investors to guide their decision-making.

The industrial precincts covered by the technical guides are:

  1. Bell Bay - George Town local government area
  2. Launceston Technopark  - City of Launceston local government area
  3. TRANSlink - Northern Midlands local government area
  4. Valley Central - Meander Valley local government area

Review of Regional Bodies in Northern TasmaniaReview of Regional Bodies in Northern Tasmania

This report, independently preparerd by Bill Fox & Associates, has been developed with extensive input from industry, enterprise, non-profit organisations and government in Northern Tasmania.  

The report balances the needs and views of Northern Tasmanian stakeholders, modelled on successful regions including Geelong, Townsville and Central Coast.  It makes clear recommendations for a capable, responsive and accountable governance structure that enables collaboration between the three tiers of government and the private sector to grow the region and deliver regional priorities.

This report provides credible linkages between a new NTD governance structure and overseeing the implementation of the Northern Regional Futures Plan.  The Northern Regional Futures Plan has the support of the major stakeholders in our region and will underpin the work of any new organisation in the first instance. Read more

Northern Regional Futures ProjectNorthern Regional Futures Project

The Northern Regional Futures Project will establish a shared direction to advance the prospects for the region encompassing the Council areas of the north and north east of Tasmania.  Direction will be set with a series of strategic priorities appropriate to the region, implemented through an effective regional governance framework.  Read more 

George Town, Tamar Valley, Northern Tasmania

Northern Tasmania Industrial Land Study

Signifcant ecnonomic changes in tandem with industrial development opportunities have necessitated a better understanding of the region's industrial land needs and capacities.

The Study comprises two stages.

Industrial Land Study - Stage 1 compares vacant industrial land against projected demand to 2041.  This report identifies some areas of oversupply and no overall shortage of vacant land.  The Stage 1 report has been broken into three parts.

Industrial Land Study - Stage 1, Part 1;      (PDF-3894KB)      

Industrial Land Study - Stage 1, Part 2;      (PDF-4839KB)    

Industrial Land Study - Stage 1, Part 3;      (PDF-4284KB) 

Industrial Land Study - Stage 2;  (PDF-1453.3KB)   

Stage 2 informs the development and consolidation of industrial land to 2041.

Winner 2015 Sport, Leisure and the Arts Innovation Award

North East Mountain Bike Project

This project consists of three trail networks totalling approximately 90km of world class, purpose built, single track plus infrastructure such as signage and bike wash stations at Hollybank, Derby and Blue Tier.

The length of the trails will leverage existing mountain biking and cycling infrastructure in the region, and will provide the necesssry critical mass to create an internationally recognised mountain bike tourism destination, allowing over two full days of riding for enthusiasts of varying capability.

Northern Tasmania Development Corporation was successful in securing funding of $2.5million from the Australian Government towards the project via a Regional Development Australia Funding application, in conjunction with Break O'Day, City of Launceston and Dorset Councils.  An additional $800 000 from the Tasmanian Government was granted for stage 1 at Hollybank with the construction of additional world class mountain bike trails.  Hollybank Trail Master Plan is available to view or download by following the link.

Hollybank Mountain Bike Park LogoHollybank Mountain Bike Park 

With the official opening of the Hollybank Mountain Bike Park in 2014 the vision of having world-class mountain bike trails at the Hollybank Forest Reserve is now a reality.

There's something for everyone with an all-weather 'No Sweat' trail that suits the beginner and is 'child friendly', through to the 'Ginger Ridge' trail for the more experienced mountain biker.    

Background information on this project, including the Hollybank Trail Master Plan can be found on the Reports - Northern Tasmania page.

Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trail Logo, North East Tasmania, World Trail

Blue Derby & Blue Tier Mountain Bike Trails 

In 2014 Dorset and Break O'Day Councils announced that World Trail were successful with their submission for the design and construction of 80km of mountain bike trails in Derby and the Blue Tier.  The completion of the Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails saw its official opening on 7 February 2015 - with the world-class trails highlighting some amazing landscapes in the surrounding temperate rain forest.  

The remaining 40kms of trail on the Blue Tier has trail heads at Poimena and Weldborough and connects with the Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails. Construction of the next wilderness trail is complete and officially opened on 7 October 2016.  

Individual trail details can be found on MTB Northern Tasmania.

Dorset Municipality, North East Tasmania

Statewide Planning Reform

NTDC has been working in partnership with Councils and Government to reform Tasmania's planning system since 2008.

The region's preparation of strategy, consistent planning scheme ordinance and a series of planning system improvements is assisting the Tasmanian Planning Reform Taskforce implement the Government's election commitment to significantly reform Tasmania's planning system.

Currently we are jointly preparing revisions to the Regional Land Use Strategy (RLUS), the statutory plan that applies to all land in the north and north east region of Tasmania.  Across the region the RLUS will guide land use, development and infrastructure decisions made by State and Local Government, and key infrastructure providers.

George Town, Tamar Valley, Tasmania

Housing Study

This Study evaluates housing needs across the north and north east of Tasmania and provides strategic advice on residential housing development to 2031; its ideal locations and form; and initiatives that can create a more efficient and innovative housing market in the region.

A component of this project is development of a monitoring tool to track dwelling construction activity and provide future estimates of housing demand at a municipal and regional level for the next 20 years.

The Housing Study undertaken by Geografia, was finalised in November 2014. Northern Tasmanian Housing Study (PDF-2670KB)