Kangaroo Bay Project Timeline

Kangaroo Bay is a significant location within the heart of the urban area of Clarence that has long been regarded by Council and the community as an undeveloped opportunity to provide a significant visitor and leisure destination and community focus for the City. The following is a list of milestone events for the Kangaroo Bay project since 2004. 

  1. In 2004, the Tasmanian Government and Council called for expressions of interest (EOI) in the development of land around the former ferry terminal. The EOI process was subsequently terminated as it did not produce a viable development proposal. Factors identified as contributing to the failure of the EOI process was the lack of an overall masterplan for the area and issues in regard to access to the precinct. 

  2. In response, Council commissioned an extensive process of community and stakeholder consultation leading to the formal adoption of the Kangaroo Bay Urban Design Strategy and Concept Plan (Masterplan) in 2008.

  3. The Masterplan has provided the framework upon which to move forward in a planned manner and to meet the community expectation for progress. A number of components of the Masterplan were soon actioned, including the extension of the Bellerive boardwalk (incorporating a movable pedestrian bridge past the yacht club slipway) and construction of a section of foreshore promenade at the head of the bay.

  4. Planning Scheme amendments critical to implementing the Masterplan were approved by the Tasmanian Planning Commission in 2011, following further public and stakeholder consultation (statutory and non-statutory). Kangaroo Bay Development Plan (DPO 11) established the zoning and planning provisions for the precinct, including an outline subdivision plan. The intent and provisions of DFO11 have been subsequently translated into Kangaroo Bay Particular Purpose Zone 4 within the new format Clarence Interim Planning Scheme 2015.

  5. A Rosny Park/Kangaroo Bay Traffic Management Plan was prepared which proposed full signalisation of the Bligh Street/Rosny Hill Road and Alma Street/Cambridge Road intersections, the closure of the Pembroke Place/Cambridge Road intersection, and connection of Pembroke Place and Alma Street to Kangaroo Bay Drive. These actions were verified by traffic intersection modelling undertaken in December 2012 and endorsed by Council in January 2013.

  6. The precinct subdivision required to implement the Kangaroo Bay Development Plan (SD 2013/32) - creating the areas of public domain, new access and road lots, and also the development parcels – was approved by Council in October 2013 following statutory public consultation.

  7. Progress with the $13 million precinct enhancement project and associated subdivision civil works was given a significant stimulus with the awarding in August 2014 of a $5 million Australian Government grant under the Tasmanian Jobs & Growth Plan. The grant was awarded on the basis that Council would contribute and expend matching funds to the project totalling $7.8 million over three financial years.

  8. In March 2015, Council and the Tasmanian Government invited the submission of development proposals to activate the Kangaroo Bay development precinct. The land area offered for private freehold development comprised two parcels:  the “Boulevard” site (13,400m²) and the “Wharf” site (8,900m²).

  9. Following review of the submissions received, overseen by a project probity auditor, the joint assessment panel recommended that Hunter Developments be invited to participate in Stage 2 of the expression of interest process, to further develop a proposal for a Hotel development at the Wharf site.

  10. In March 2016 the TasTAFE Board confirmed that they were working on a joint project with Hunter Developments and Shandong Chambroad Holdings Co. Ltd to incorporate a hospitality training school within the proposed hotel development. 

  11. In October 2016, following assessment of an updated submission by the joint assessment panel, preferred developer status for the Wharf site was awarded Hunter Developments Pty Ltd. in relation to a proposal for premium standard waterfront accommodation hotel and TasTAFE linked hospitality training school.

  12. Preferred developer status enabled the lodgement by Hunter Developments of development application D-2016/506 to be assessed through the statutory land use planning and approval process.

  13. Following assessment through the statutory land use planning and approval process, a Planning Permit was granted in January 2017 to Hunter Developments Pty Ltd for a proposed Hotel and Hospitality School development at the Wharf development site.