THE public will have an opportunity tomorrow (Saturday) to view the master plan for the proposed redevelopment of parts of the former Royal Derwent Hospital site at New Norfolk.
Called “The Mills,” the project incorporates the Gateway Estate on the outskirts of town and includes more than 700 residential lots, a 100-bed private hospital, 200 independent living retirement homes, a “growers and makers” commercial co-operative precinct, a 100-bed hotel, a childcare centre and a community park.
An initiative of Sydney-based Noble Ventures, The Mills is described by the proponents as a $500 million residential and community project. They say it will create 1126 jobs and inject $139 million annually into the Tasmanian economy over the next 20 years.
Noble Ventures director Daniel Noble (pictured above with Roger Noble) said The Mills project had reached an important stage with planning approval recently received for the proposed childcare centre, and the opening of a sales office and information centre in High St.
“The recent approval for The Mills childcare centre adds to the planning approval already received for the construction of 700 new residences in New Norfolk,” Mr Noble said, adding that a planning scheme amendment for the proposed private hospital was currently being reviewed by the Derwent Valley Council, along with a development application for a retirement village,” Mr Noble said.
“The new childcare centre, set to start construction in mid-2021, will double the capacity of New Norfolk’s current childcare centre, offering up to 120 places in a purpose built, modern centre,” Mr Noble said. “The 100-bed modern private hospital will also offer much-needed health services to the region along with a range of specialist services. The acute medical and surgical centre will provide both inpatient and day services.
“The Mills project will be of significant economic benefit to the Derwent Valley – creating 1126 jobs each year between 2021 and 2040 – more than half of which will be in the Derwent Valley. The next step in our journey will see the Derwent Valley Council and the local community consider our plans for a 4.5 star 100-bed boutique hotel and a Tasmanian makers commercial and co-op precinct.”
Mr Noble said investing in the growth of regional communities was vital. “New Norfolk is a beautiful place full of history and character, and when we first saw the town, we thought, this is where we want to invest the next 15 years into,” he said.
“Working alongside [the] council, our vision is for The Mills to add to what makes the Derwent Valley a great place to live, through offering a wide range of infrastructure, housing and amenities, including a world class mountain bike track.
“Building on our commitment to the local community, we are also opening The Mills Information Centre in High St on Saturday, December 12, and are encouraging everyone to drop in and ask any questions they may have and view the master plan first hand.” The office at 1 High St, New Norfolk, will be open from 10am-2pm tomorrow.