The Launceston Chamber of Commerce has reconfirmed their support for the UTAS plan for redeveloping the Northern UTAS Campus at Inveresk.

Maree Tetlow, Executive Officer at the Launceston Chamber of Commerce, said “the Chamber Board has had a number of briefings from UTAS on their plans, and overall we are supportive of how the model is developing.” Ms Tetlow advised the Chamber wanted the following from a new UTAS Campus and a revised business model for the North:

  • A new quality campus that will meet the needs of the current and future students – from a local, interstate and international perspective.
  • The new facilities to provide local jobs through the construction phase and also encourage investment into the City Centre
  • That the UTAS qualifications on offer will not be of a lesser quality and preferably include broader options compared to what is currently on offer
  • That new Associate Degrees and Degree courses will focus on regional strengths such as our health sector, food, agriculture, and tourism, to provide a pathway for local students to access jobs within the region
  • That our Northern Campus will attract new students from not only this region but potentially nationally and internationally that will help add vibrancy to our city
  • That the Australian Maritime College will continue to develop and expand on the current Newnham site and the rest of the site will continue to add relevance to the suburb in the future.

Ms Tetlow advised that “our Board has so far been relatively satisfied that all these issues have been addressed during our briefings and we are feeling buoyed and excited about the opportunities that it provides for the region and for our community.

In particular, the work the Chamber has done with the Inner City Living Case Study case study will help to encourage more investment by the private sector to accommodate students in upper floors of heritage buildings throughout the City. The Chamber looks forward to receiving ongoing briefings, and we are also investigating the option to hold a business briefing with our members in the near future.”