UTAS Northern Regions funding

The launch of the University of Tasmania’s (UTAS) proposal to deliver an education-driven economic revitalisation of Northern Tasmania has been warmly welcomed by Burnie City Council.

Burnie City Council Mayor Anita Dow said, “It is no secret that Burnie City Council is passionate about improving educational opportunities for our community and the region, and today’s launch of the Education-Driven Economic Revitalisation of Northern Tasmania project reaffirms our commitment to working with our strategic partners to expand the presence of UTAS in our city and create a truly unique community space”

“This is a very exciting time for Burnie. The project will not only enhance educational opportunities, it will also provide significant economic benefits to the City of Burnie and the North West region.”

“This project allows for the development of the West Park site, resulting in a contemporary, fit-for purpose, accessible and highly visible education facility. The Burnie UTAS campus will have the ability to teach an additional 2,000 students either by degree or associate degree and the project will also encourage closer integration with TasTAFE.”

“Educational outcomes on the North West Coast are unacceptable. Our region has only one third of the national average of people who have completed a university degree. As a region we need to value education more, and the University needs to be far more engaged with our community. Working in partnership with industry and the community. Providing a high value site shows that we as a community value a University presence in our city. The level of investment outlined by the University todays indicates that it continues to be serious about regional engagement.

"This project will enable people who may have not previously considered further education to do so. The University will also be able to provide new courses that are linked to the economic drivers of our region. We look forward to working with the University to ensure the highest quality and most relevant courses are offered in partnership with industry in our region.”

“Council’s commitment to this project is driven by our desire to create better educational and economic outcomes in the region. We want to see education valued in our city and region, and for it to be more accessible to our people young and old. We also want to seize the opportunity to have a world class education facility close to our city centre which will stimulate the revitalisation of our CBD and attract international students and more professionals to live and work in our city ”

“The State Government has recognised the importance of investing in education in this region through its Northern Cities funding commitment and I now call on the Federal Government to support this incredibly important education driven economic revitalisation initiative for North and North West Tasmania.”

For further information please contact

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

Email: jphillips@burnie.net