Compatible Development and Heritage in Launceston Fri 8 March 2013 Brian Wightman Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage The Environment, Parks and Heritage Minister, Brian Wightman, today visited the impressive C.H. Smith site redevelopment in Launceston. Mr Wightman said he's particularly pleased to see the $30 million retail development retaining the site's historic heritage values. The old C.H. Smith Marine building has been demolished, but the historic Charles Street and Canal Street facades will be retained. "This is an important historic site, reflecting almost 200 years of commercial and industrial activity in Launceston," Mr Wightman said. "It's a symbol of the city's early dependence on maritime trade, and its growth from a small waterfront settlement to the city of today. "It's important to see fresh development and jobs created in Launceston. "To see it done so sensitively and sustainably is outstanding. "This is an excellent example of development and heritage conservation going hand-in-hand," he said. Three of the site's buildings, which date from the 1830s and 1850s, are listed on the Tasmanian Heritage Register. Archaeological digs during the demolition works have revealed a complex history of industrial and domestic uses, and stories of early domestic life. Those uses included breweries, warehouses and houses, with some archaeological finds dating back to before circa 1837. Both the Launceston City Council and the Heritage Council have supported the re-development, which will include 20 shops over three storeys - including JB Hi-Fi. Construction's expected to start in June, with the complex open in December.