Turnbull to Sign City Deal for Hobart

Hobart will be the next location for the federal government’s City Deal, which could see a new science and technology centre built in the Tasmanian capital.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Premier Will Hodgman will sign an agreement in Hobart on Tuesday morning, just months out from a state election.

The City Deal – the fourth under the federal government’s Smart Cities Plan – would include a possible new Science, Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) centre, the Hobart Mercury reported on Tuesday.

“There is no doubt that Hobart is undergoing significant growth and development and a City Deal will help guide and sustain that development well into the future and ensure that Hobart’s livability is not compromised,” Mr Turnbull is expected to say.

The deals involve local, state and federal governments working together on roads, rail, housing, services and job opportunities under an agreed timetable and plan.

Townsville, Western Sydney and Launceston have already been named as locations.

Tasmania is expected to go to the polls in March.