Release of plan for Kings Park

THE Launceston City Council will publicly release a redevelopment plan for Kings Park, which will include commemorations for Australian servicemen and the country's immigrants.

Launceston aldermen unanimously approved the plan's release at yesterday's council meeting which, in part, proposes a trail of 18 war commemorative installations through Kings Park.

The paths to circulate through the park are anticipated to cost $19,700, and horticultural maintenance once the park is fully developed, is expected to cost $4100 annually.

A Welcome Project, proposed by The National Trust of Tasmania to honour those who have migrated from international countries to live in Tasmania, will be part of the redevelopment.

The project will involve students from the University of Tasmania's School of Architecture and Design, who will be asked to submit design concepts for the project.

A final concept is due to be released in October.

The National Trust will be responsible for project management and its manufacture and associated installations.

•Several aldermen also discussed at yesterday's council meeting the need to review the council's sister city relationships.

Debate was generated from a motion put by Alderman Ted Sands - which was later withdrawn - that the council consider a visit to Chinese city Taiyuan, which was last visited by a council delegation in 2003.

Alderman Jeremy Ball said it had become apparent that the relationship with Taiyuan was dormant, and flagged a motion to be brought to the next meeting that the council look to enhancing its relationship with Asia, and to review its sister city arrangements.