Kingborough Council is focusing on planning for the future and adapting to a growing community that brings with it a number of challenges and pressures.
A strategic vision for Kingborough’s communities is vital for the region to secure a prosperous social and economic future. Council has a unique development opportunity within central Kingston, which will be a critical element in achieving this future.
The vision for the Kingston Park development is that it will contribute to the stimulation and creation of a revitalised central business district and will lead to a viable self-sustaining community. It is the most critical single project for the economic future of the Kingborough municipality.
An economic assessment was prepared by independent consultants, which found that this project will help to create 600 new jobs in Kingston and inject more than $80 million a year into the local economy, once completed. Development aspirations include a community hub, new community health centre, residential properties, limited commercial space and a large area of parkland.
It is the right time to seize the opportunity to generate more home grown development in the region, preventing the need for people to travel into Hobart or other areas for employment, education and health.
The development is gaining momentum with the recent announcement of funding to build a Community Health Care Centre, the construction of the road starting in October and the submission of the community hub development application.
Kingston Park is being developed as a self-funding project, which will be covered by future residential and commercial developments within the site.
Heart and Soul
Placemaking is an important element in the revitalisation of central Kingston, which is creating public spaces that promote health, connectivity and well-being. The proposed community hub in Kingston Park will encourage both community and economic activity, which will in turn support local initiatives and build community capacity.
The community hub will be a striking building that will be an effective re-use of the old gym, while providing a new facility that is flexible for future changing demands. It will also be built to a style and quality that can be used as an example for other future surrounding developments and will be the centre point of connections and activity in Kingston. A model for the hub, including updated designs, is now on display in the Civic Centre.
One of the major attractions to the park will be the open public space, which will provide spaces for outdoor events, trails, play areas and other activities for our community to connect, enjoy and relax. This was the most important feature mentioned by the community during consultation of what the development should look like. Designing the public open space will begin soon and we will be seeking feedback from the community in due course.
A new feature currently growing in Kingston Park is a labyrinth. Situated on the bottom field, the labyrinth’s pattern is based on the Chartres Cathedral’s sacred and classical labyrinth, which were placed on cathedral floors as a substitute for pilgrimage paths. These paths were developed as an aid to spiritual balance, alleviating burdens and worries as people travelled within it so they could leave lighter and ready to face life’s challenges.