Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

21 June 2019

Peter Gutwein, Minister for State Growth

Historic infrastructure investment into Launceston

The University of Tasmania’s expanded $344 million Northern Transformation program, focussing on the redevelopment of the Inveresk precinct, is the single largest infrastructure investment in Launceston’s history, and provides a major boost for the region’s economy.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is a strong supporter of the relocation of the UTAS campus, and has invested $60 million into the project.

I welcome the release of the expanded plans for the university’s $344 million project to attract interstate and international students to Launceston, while improving access to higher education for Tasmanian.

The updated plans provide even greater connection between the campus and the city centre, enhancing Inveresk as a cultural and sporting hub for the entire Launceston community.

The updated and expanded plans for the Inveresk campus as well as the further development at the Maritime College at Newnham demonstrates the University’s, the Commonwealth and Tasmanian governments’, and Launceston City Council’s commitment to advancing educational outcomes in the region.

The Tasmanian Government is also supporting the revitalisation of UTAS’s Burnie campus, with a $15 million investment into the relocation of the campus from Mooreville Road, to West Park.

The new campus will incorporate world-class research and teaching facilities and enable cohesion between the university, business and community use of the site.

The Development Application for the West Park campus has been approved by the Burnie City Council and construction is scheduled to commence later this year, with completion in October 2021.

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