Tides of Change: The future of Launceston’s waterfront


How has the Tamar river shaped development in Launceston and what are the likely influences for future developments.

Start Date

13th Sep 2016 6:00pm

End Date

13th Sep 2016 7:30pm


VOS-Rory Spence Lecture Theatre, School of Architecture & Design, Inveresk campus

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Launceston is a small regional city and one with a rich and long history. As is the case for all settlements, its physical form has been shaped by the natural, cultural, political and economic environment in which it was established and grows. One key natural feature that shaped Launceston's development is the river system on which it is located. Recent waterfront projects such as Seaport and Inveresk are converting former industrial sites into places for sport, education, housing, tourism and business. A number of additional projects are soon to commence on site or are in planning. It is timely, therefore, that we consider how the city might develop over coming years to improve its liveability by improving the well-being of its citizens.

The forum will explore the future of Launceston, its waterfront and its built environment through the lenses of social, cultural and ecological amenity and history, climate change and the political and economic opportunities and constraints afforded by business.


  • Emeritus Professor Roger Fay
    School of Architecture and Design, University of Tasmania


  • Kim Seagram
    Launceston business leader and owner
  • James McKee
    Director, Northern Cities Major Development Initiative, Office of the Coordinator-General
  • Dr Helen Norrie
    Lecturer, School of Architecture and Design, University of Tasmania

Robert Dobrzynski, General Manager of the Launceston City Council, will join the conversation.

Refreshments will be served from 5.30pm.

The Northern Forum Program aims to provide public lectures and fora on topics of particular interest to the northern region of Tasmania in addition to having national significance. In 2015 we held three events on topics as diverse as: Launceston's Future through the prism of past and present, Breaking the cycle of educational disadvantage for some sectors of the community, and The Future of the Arts in Northern Tasmania. The first events in 2016 explored the Future of Volunteering, The Impact of Drugs in the Community and the Benefits of Peace in the Home, Community and Globally.