Parties to ponder council's $12.4m wish list

THE Launceston City Council has presented the state's major parties with a $12.4 million wish list ahead of next year's election.

The requests include $5.65 million for flood remediation work at Kings Meadows, $2.75 million for a new playground and connector bridge at North Bank, and increased funding of $4 million for the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery.

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said the council had also sought a renewed commitment to the government's contract for Hawthorn games at Aurora Stadium and requested a fifth game be played in Launceston.

``We believe there is scope for a fifth AFL game in Launceston and we are in discussions with AFL clubs to have a fifth game here,'' he said.

``We believe it would bring many benefits, and would open up the Launceston market to another AFL club, particularly if it is a long-term agreement.''

The council made its pitch to state cabinet on Monday and the state opposition yesterday.

Council general manager Robert Dobrzynski said stormwater infrastructure improvements at Kings Meadows had become top priority for the council after the suburb's centre flooded twice in August and once in September.

``We have got to fix the flooding in Kings Meadows because it is having an adverse effect on the community's sense of wellbeing and is impacting commercially on a major part of our retail hierarchy,'' Mr Dobrzynski said.

The council's North Bank redevelopment has again emerged as a priority after the project secured a $6 million promise before the federal election this year.

The council has budgeted $1.75 million for the project but is asking for $1 million for an expanded regional playground and $1.73 million for a bicycle and pedestrian bridge across the North Esk River.

Mr Dobrzynski said North Bank would be the link from the Cataract Gorge, Kings Bridge, Royal Park and Seaport through to Inveresk.

``It is designed to define the tourist experience in Launceston,'' he said.

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