The Launceston Chamber of Commerce has come out in support of the mooted $190 million proposed investment in Launceston which is intended to re-focus the university campus around Inveresk and the City Centre.

Maree Tetlow, Executive Officer, at the Chamber stated that “Launceston is a university city and we want to see that continue.  Development of our University with this potential investment  would transform our City.  Students living closer to the City Centre will bring diversity, inject youthful energy and culture, and are likely to spend more in our city eateries and retail outlets.”

“The Chamber also acknowledges that Tasmania is a small State and we need to differentiate our tertiary education offering in the North as well as reduce duplication across the State.”

Ms Tetlow advised that discussions with our members have indicated that they support a teaching focus for Launceston. “Our businesses and community organisations want to continue to attract local, quality graduates. The Australian Maritime College would continue to build on its world class teaching and research reputation at the Newnham Campus.”

“It is also important we continue to attract interstate and international students who may be more vocationally driven, as they are an important cultural and economic driver in our region” she said.