Carpark expansion to enhance famous North Hobart restaurant strip

North Hobart

The City of Hobart’s continual upgrade of North Hobart has taken a significant step forward with the completion of another important project.

The City has finished the upgrade of the Lefroy Street carpark, resulting in an increase of 35 car parks, six bike parks, the introduction of two EV charging stations, improved lighting, two new disability access points and pedestrian access.

Pedestrians will now be able to access the car park from the true heart of the dining area using the laneway to Elizabeth Street between the Saigon Express Lounge and Fusion Hairdressing, making it more convenient for people to access the diverse food and beverage offerings, shopping, and experiences available on the North Hobart strip.

Included in the project was the re-establishment of the creekline for the Providence Rivulet, reducing flooding risks and bringing environmental benefits by restoring a natural waterway.

The $1.59 million carpark expansion, which takes capacity up to 57 carparks and will be fully operational from Monday, comes after the Swan Street Park redevelopment was completed in February this year and repairs and a minor upgrade to Condell Place carpark.

Hobart Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said a bigger Lefroy Street carpark would be of great benefit for visitors, businesses, and employees in North Hobart.

“This will result in greater customer access to the famous North Hobart restaurant and shopping strip while providing greater safety to the public,” Cr Reynolds said.

“North Hobart has become synonymous with dining for all tastes and budgets and this upgrade will only make it more appealing and accessible for everyone.”

“With no payment required after 6pm in the Lefroy Street carpark, we encourage people to grab their friends and head up to North Hobart to take advantage of the many restaurants and night-time experiences on offer.”

Mulan Restaurant owner Bin Wang has been running his business for three years and seen the competition for parking firsthand in the popular strip.

“It is really hard to find a place to park car around the Mulan Restaurant, but we’ve found the area extended area has added 35 car positions,” Mr Wang said.

“We also have up to eight employees so sometimes it is also very hard to find parking for ourselves, so it is great for businesses, staff and customers alike.”

Hobart City Economy Portfolio Chair Louise Bloomfield said infrastructure was a crucial support for small businesses.

“The night-time economy is a vital sector for Hobart’s financial wealth,” Ald Bloomfield said.

“Council’s own data tells us that the annual night-time spend is increasing with a total local average spend from our residents and visitors in 2019 of just under $17 million growing to over $24 million in July 2022.

“Anything that enhances this sector by improving convenience and access to our diverse night-time activities and restaurant offerings can only be a win for everyone.”

The City of Hobart is now preparing the broader North Hobart Neighbourhood Plan with the release of a Discussion Paper for community consultation.

This is a 20-year plan that will help direct this area’s forecast growth in a sustainable way.

Importantly, this includes exploring how we protect the essence of North Hobart and enhance the area’s key features that truly make it a great place to live, visit and invest.

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