Burnie to become the smart city

Burnie City Council at a special meeting last night agreed on a formal Heads of Agreement with the University of Tasmania to commence plans to develop on the land at West Park.

Mayor Steve Kons said, “The University of Tasmania worked with Council on this one-off opportunity to create an educational precinct at West Park which will expand educational opportunities for the whole North-West Coast. This is a strategic decision for the future.”

The Heads of Agreement details the arrangement to transfer land and the ownership of the Makers’ Workshop building at West Park to the University of Tasmania. The University first plan to build 40 accommodation units for students on the West Park site.

“The University are very keen to be involved with the Makers’ Workshop and have spoken to Council extremely positively about the current operations and the opportunity they see to enhancing this space.

“For the time being it is still business as usual at the Makers’ Workshop. The University have indicated to us that they want this site, including the Makers’ Workshop to be a community space that is well utilised.”

Mayor Kons spoke of the benefits for the entire North-West Coast that the University would bring by taking over land at West Park.

“The North-West Coast is well below both Australia and the rest of Tasmania in completing year 12 or equivalent education. Our young people deserve access to education opportunities. As part of the Making Burnie 2030 Community Strategic Plan, it identifies the desire of the community to grow tertiary student numbers and improve retention of people completing higher education.

“Making Burnie 2030 also identifies that investment in skills and education will grow Burnie’s employment participation rate. The University wants to expand in Burnie, and we need to grab this once in a lifetime opportunity to secure a better future for the entire region.

“Our central business district will benefit from having more people living and enjoying the central city offerings. Burnie was once known for its industry and we are still very proud of where we have come from. It is now time for Burnie to shine and become a smart city. This unique opportunity offers a chance for Burnie to progress and grow its educational and cultural vibrancy.

“Council is delivering what the community expressed in the Making Burnie 2030 Strategic Plan and West Park Strategic Guidelines, where we consulted widely.”

For further information please contact

Libby Dobson
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: ldobson@burnie.net