Following the results of the southern Tasmania elector poll on the UTAS move to the Hobart CBD, the Chamber has an invitation for the University of Tasmania: Head North.
As passionate advocates for Launceston and northern Tasmania and keen observers of the UTAS Northern Transformation Project, we value the University’s growing presence in the North. As an entrepreneurial city with high aspirations, we would welcome the shift of more University courses and entities northward from Hobart.
The benefits of the Northern Transformation Project to our region are significant:

  • The new buildings at Inveresk come with a commitment by the University to tailor courses to the skills needed for our city and region.
  • The building themselves have raised the bar in terms of architecture, sustainable design and use of local materials – something private sector developers should note.
  • The future plans for the Newnham site should see it develop very positively to a vibrant site with the mix of Australian Maritime College (AMC), a Defence Innovation Precinct that will see AMC’s role as our national maritime institute preserved, the headquarters of the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture and a new housing development.

The UTAS Northern Transformation Project has been a transformative project for Launceston that will embed the University as a pillar institution for our city. If the University of Tasmania were to move more University courses and entities to Launceston, the Chamber would be in full support.

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