Little Launceston kits a fun lesson in town planning

TOWN PLANNING FOR BEGINNERS: Chris Zehntner's Little Launceston building blocks were on sale to the public for the first time at Albert Hall's Niche Market on Saturday. Picture: Hamish Geale.
TOWN PLANNING FOR BEGINNERS: Chris Zehntner's Little Launceston building blocks were on sale to the public for the first time at Albert Hall's Niche Market on Saturday. Picture: Hamish Geale.

A Launceston dad is helping to inspire the next generation of Errol Stewarts and Josef Chromys with a range of building block sets inspired by Launceston.

UTAS teacher Chris Zehntner brought the Little Launceston building kits to Albert Hall’s Niche Market for the first time on Saturday, with many a family stopping by to inspect the handmade toy constructions. 

“I built the first set for my boys and they played with it forever, and then I built a set for a friend who had twins, and then I thought ‘I’ll give this a go’,” Mr Zehntner said.

“It's been about getting some inspiration from Launceston architecture and then using a bit of Launceston to make the houses as well, so we've used recycled timber.

MULTI-TALENTED: Mr Zehntner is also a teacher and a swimming coach.

MULTI-TALENTED: Mr Zehntner is also a teacher and a swimming coach.

“It doesn't tell kids what to do so much as ask to be played with, and they can make their own mind up.”

Niche manager Victoria Bayes said several thousand had visited Saturday’s market.

“People come here with friends or meet up with friends to do their shopping, it’s a very social event,” Mrs Bayes said.