NTDC releases reports, reviews, discussion papers, economic benefit analyses and strategic direction papers based on our past and current projects, including asia engagement, irrigation infrastructure, regional planning, mountain biking, transport priorities, local government reform, the Port of Bell Bay etc.

Meander Valley, Northern Tasmania - Irrigation

Irrigration Infrastructure

Rabobank - Tasmania's Future With Irrigation (PDF2MB, Dec 2013)

NTD believes that the proposed Scottsdale and North Esk Irrigation Schemes have great potential.   The potential of irrigation for Tasmania is reinforced by a recently released report from Rabobank which looks at Tasmania's Future with Irrigation. This high level scoping report, completed in December 2013, provides a snapshot of Tasmania agriculture and global climate comparisons.

Investment in irrigation infrastructure will help to improve the reliability and productivity of existing production systems, as well as unlock the significant unmet potential of the state's food and agriculture. Thanks to Rabobank for producing this report.

Kings Bridge, Launceston, Tasmania

Northern Integrated Transport Plan

Northern Integrated Transport Plan (PDF3.3MB, Nov 2013)

This plan is a collaborative initiative between the Department of State Growth, Infrastructure Tasmania and NTDC, including Northern Tasmanian Councils of Break O'Day, Dorset, Flinders, George Town, City of Launceston, Meander Valley, Northern Midlands and West Tamar.

The plan provides a long term strategic framework to address transport issues in the northern region, as well as being part of an ongoing process to provide a strategic and integrated approach to transport across Tasmania.

Dorset Municipality

Regional Planning - Common Development and Engineering Conditions

In September 2013, the NTD Regional Planning Committee endorsed common development and engineering conditions developed by a working group of Northern Tasmanian Council planning and engineering representatives.  This work has been guided by the Government's philosophy that the format and structure of the planning system should be uniform wherever appropriate between municipal areas.

This initiative of the northern region has been distributed to all Councils of the Northern Tasmanian region, the other regional organisations of Councils in Tasmania, the Tasmanian Planning Commission and the Minister for Planning and Local Government with recommendation for adoption.

Regional Planning - Common Development Conditions

Regional Planning - Engineering Conditions

Regional Transport Funding PrioritiesRegional Transport Funding Priorities

NTDC facilitated a process which saw collaboration of the Northern Councils with the Tasmanian Government to determine strategic, regional transport priorities. These priorities are being communicated to the Tasmanian and Australian Goverrnments for future funding opportunities.

Regional Transport Funding Priorities (PDF 1.23MB)

This document contains two sections.  The first summarises the northern region's top four transport infrastructure priorities as identified and agreed to by all eight of the municipal councils.  Section two lists individual projects that are a priority for the local government areas in which the projects are located.

The documentation of these projects allows strength in lobbying through a united voice, a rapid response to future funding opportunities and further legitimises the projects and the identification process undetaken. The projects listed in order of priority are:

  1. Review of the Northern Tasmania Integrated Transport Strategy;
  2. Maintenance of State and National Road Network;
  3. Bell Bay Expansion Project; and
  4. Lady Barron/Bridport Redevelopment.

Port of Bell Bay, George Town, Northern Tasmania

Port of Bell Bay

Containerised Freight Specialisation at the Port of Bell Bay: A Cost-Benefit Analysis (PDF1.9MB, Sept 2012)

NTD released a report in 2012 calling for action on the proposed upgrades at the Port of Bell Bay in order to provide long-term capacity for Tasmania’s economic development. This study was to assist in providing perspective on the role of the Port of Bell Bay as a critical piece of  infrastructure for the state to inform strategic infrastructural investment in the progression of Tasmania’s economic potential. Here is a link to the Port of Bell Bay.

Hobart-based consultancy business MMC Link was selected following their work with the Bell Bay Industry Group in 2011.  The report examined publicly available data about Tasmania’s current and projected port capacity utilising social cost-benefit methodology to compare the Port of Bell Bay against other Tasmanian ports and highlight the need for targeted infrastructure expenditure. Information was also collected through interviews with industry representatives.

Council Chambers

Local Government Review

Perspectives on Local Government Reform in the Northern Tasmania Development Region  (PDF, May 2012)

The Local Government Review project will broaden the scope of the current local government review debate.  The northern region is of the opinion that a proactive, rather than reactive, position is required in considering the future of local government.  This report was completed by Professor Brian Dollery on the reform options available to local government.

Hollybank Mountain Bike Trail, North East Tasmania (near Lilydale)

North East Mountain Bike Project

Mountain Bike Tourism Potential in Northern Tasmania (PDF10MB, Oct 2011)

TRC Potential for Mountain Biking in North Eastern Tasmania (PDF 2.10MB, Mar 2013)

As mountain biking continues to grow in popularity, the number of riders looking for new and interesting places to ride also continues to grow. Northern Tasmania is well placed to become a national, and potentially international mountain biking destination, however mountain biking tourism is in its infancy in Northern Tasmania. This project consists of three trails - the Hollybank Mountain Bike Park (construction by Dirt Art), and the Blue Derby and Blue Tier Mountain Bike Trails (construction by World Trail).

Background on the project - NTD commissioned a TrailMaster Plan in 2012, with the assistance from Communities, Sport and Recreation Tasmania.  The completed Hollybank Trail Master Plan utilises existing concepts developed by renowned international trail expert Joey Klein, and local trail designer Rob Potter.