ICTC Conference 2016
Launceston Field Trip

Wednesday 9 November, 12.30pm - 5.30pm

Departs Hotel Grand Chancellor – includes walking and coach element and drop off at social function at 5.30pm.

Quadrant Mall, Dicky Whites Lane
Pedestrianised in 1979, the quadrant mall provides an interesting and picturesque Victorian streetscape. Dicky Whites laneway has been revitalised as part of the Council’s City Heart project. New flexible event and popup spaces, seating, landscaping, on street dining provision, paving, LED lights and interchangeable street art installations has turned this space into a trendy new area in the heart of Launceston. Delegates will gain an insight into the City's planning framework that has guided the outcomes, including a tour of completed City Heart projects.

Civic Square 
Civic Square is one of two areas identified by the community as being highest priority for revitalisation. Feedback centred on place activation, flexible use of the space, increased public amenity and small-scale infrastructure. Civic Square is the next major public space for redevelopment as the city´s meeting place will create a clear identity as the main central major events and play space attracting all ages.

Macquarie House – Innovation Hub
This beautiful example of a Georgian brick and stone warehouse was built for Henry Reed, a Launceston merchant in 1830. The Macquarie House Innovation Hub (MHIH) project is a proposal to convert the historic building into a hybrid co-working space, a burgeoning trend in the new digital economy to create flexible workplaces for innovators, start-ups and growing businesses. Tasmanian entrepreneurs from all industry sectors will have the opportunity to take their place in the exploding international innovation and start-up scene. The MHIH initiative aims to establish a world-class collaborative workspace and innovation hub in the centre of Launceston, giving Tasmania a business support facility on a par with similar spaces in Australia and internationally. Delegates will be met onsite where they will hear how it came to be, what it's aiming to achieve and the importance of spaces like Macquarie House for enabling regional economies to build their own start-up ecosystems.

Cameron Street - Heritage Trail
Delegates will explore the rich heritage of Cameron Street through exploring the stories behind the heritage buildings on the Launceston Heritage Trail. See some of Launceston's most interesting architecture dating back to early Colonial times

Uni Student Accommodation – North Esk River
In the great university cities of the world, the life and energy of the university is infused within the community, carrying on both within and in between buildings spread across the city. UTAS has followed the Green Building Council Australia Green Star code standards in developing the student accommodation in Launceston. Public bike parking, secure bike storage, changing and shower facilities are all mandated under that code. There’ll be 60 bike-parking spaces for the 120 apartments in a move that will change the travel dynamics of Launceston. 

The units were constructed as timber-framed modules, pre-fabricated nearby and craned into position. Delegates will gain an insight into the measures that were put in place to bring about the changes and understand the challenges that remain.

North Bank + Levee Bank
Launceston is the principal city and gateway to Northern Tasmania, providing important services to neighbouring communities, underpinning the productivity of the region. The amenity and liveability of Launceston’s urban area is a vital component in ensuring the city remains a vibrant and attractive place to live, work and recreate

Transforming North Bank has been discussed for decades. The redevelopment will create an exciting new precinct on the northern edge of the city, both expanding the already well-established open space network along the riverfront, and improving the connectivity and cohesive experience for the users of these spaces, places and activity centres. 

Located in the inner city suburb of Invermay, North Bank encompasses the riverfront parcels of land at the confluence of the North Esk and Tamar Rivers to the south of Lindsay Street, and the former light industrial and mixed use parcels to the north. It will deliver a range of benefits to the community including improved access and connectivity and the creation of high quality public domain. Great design takes time, passion and patience. A series of steps must be taken in order to create a master plan outcome that is viable, authentic and meets the community’s needs. Delegates will visit the area and learn about the visions, objectives and planned outcomes.

Kings Wharf Silos Redevelopment
The redevelopment of the of Kings Wharf grain silos will see the silos transformed into an 7-storey, 108-room hotel with a bar, café, restaurant and conferencing rooms.

Accommodation rooms will have superb views looking out over the nearby Seaport and Royal Park, the Tamar River Basin, the Cataract Gorge and the stately suburb of Trevallyn. Delegate will meet entrepreneur and local businessman, Errol Stewart to talk about some of the the projects biggest challenges including flood-proofing the hotel, as it sits on the wet side of the city’s flood levees, and working within the old silo structure to bring it within current building standards.

Penny Royal Redevelopment
If you look at all of the attractions relating to adventure, heritage, tourism, then Penny Royal has got every good reason to be confident about the future as far as tourism is concerned. The redevelopment included construction of a restaurant and bar, cafe and much more. The existing stone buildings were kept as a backdrop for the food, wine and adventure precinct. In many ways the Penny Royal redevelopment is a symbol of the resurgence in our tourism and hospitality sector. Delegates will visit the precinct and hear about the trials and tribulations to get this much loved tourist attraction back up and running.

Cataract Gorge
Perhaps the most unique natural feature of Launceston – Cataract Gorge is also the emotional centre of the city for many residents and an astounding discovery for visitors. The Cataract Gorge Reserve covers 192 hectares and is home to a large diversity of plants and animals living in the bushland and waterways. Here you'll find walking and hiking trails, the world's longest single span chairlift, swimming pool, restaurant, kiosk, cafe peacocks and wildlife, beautiful gardens, suspension bridge, inclinator for easy access, Interpretation Centre and panoramic lookouts with spectacular views. The Cataract Gorge Reserve is the heartbeat of Launceston and central to its lifestyle and sense of community. Delegates will get to see and hear about the activities, experiences and events held at the Gorge as well as gain an insight to the future plans for this amazing piece of gold we have so close to the CBD.

Inclusive for full delegates only – numbers are strictly limited.

 Penny Royal Dev University Accommodation  Cataract Gorge


Pop Up Walk Bar

Friday 11 November, 5.45pm

From Hotel Grand Chancellor, take a short guided walk to Launceston’s newest activation initiative in Dicky Whites Land Lane. The pop-up in Dicky Whites Lane consists of live music and entertainment, pop-up wine bars and an array of amazing public art. You’ll be tempted to stop a while, soak up the atmosphere with the locals or perhaps even sample one of the local Tassie wines. Walk back to your hotel at your leisure.