The move by TasWater to put in place a different way of charging for headworks on developments in "identified planned growth areas" has been welcomed by the Launceston Chamber of Commerce.

"While the proposal is still to be approved by the owners of TasWater, it is certainly a move in the right direction," said Richard Ireland, Chair of the Chamber's Infrastructure Committee. "The Chamber has been actively advocating for change for headworks charges for some time now. The cost has been a real burden to developers and has had the effect of stifling development. "The two year waiver put in place by the new State Government has provided some good breathing space to transition to a new scheme. Facilitating development is crucial to the economic well-being of our region, and of the State as a whole,"

Mr Ireland said. "If the new proposal is approved then developers will have better incentives to progress their plans, and to provide much-needed jobs." The new charging arrangements are set to commence once the waiver period has finished.