Council welcomes Liberals UTAS funding announcement

Burnie City Council Mayor Anita Dow has welcomed news that the Liberal Party will fund $150 million towards the UTAS Education Driven Revitalisation of Northern Tasmania.

"This announcement is good news for Burnie and means that the relocation and expansion of the UTAS Campus at West Park is now certain to occur regardless of the results of the Federal Election."

"This announcement reinforces Council’s ongoing commitment to work in partnership with UTAS to grow the presence of UTAS in our city; including Council’s decision to make land available at West Park to establish new learning facilities and student accommodation to stimulate economic activity and expand educational opportunities in the city."

"Council also welcomes the Liberal Party’s announcement of increased Associate Degree places. This will be important in growing the West Park Campus."

‘I also note that the Liberal announcement commits to the establishment of an innovation centre to support entrepreneurship, start-ups and industry supply chain spin-offs. This is something that Council has called for as part of the UTAs development."

"UTAS plays a pivotal role in education in our region, and the West Park development will enable more people in our community, and in communities beyond, to access further education and courses that align with and are developed in consultation with key industries in the region, creating improved pathways to employment."

"This significant public investment will stimulate private investment in our city revitalising our CBD and waterfront."

"Council will continue to work with key stakeholders including UTAS and all levels of Government to ensure that we get the best possible outcome for higher education in our region and this important community space at West Park."

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728