NORTHERN Tasmania will take centre stage on the campaign trail just days out from the election as Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott prepare to make a final pitch to the state's voters.
Mr Rudd will be in Launceston this morning to pledge $28 million from a re-elected Labor government over four years to turn the University of Tasmania's Northern campus into the ``health and exercise science hub of Australia''.
The funding will cover a third of the cost of the university's $83.5 million plan to build a new health science learning and sport precinct to accommodate expanded programs at its Newnham campus.
The ambitious project is expected to accommodate an extra 700 health students, create 345 jobs during construction and 70 ongoing university jobs.
Mr Abbott won't be far behind Mr Rudd and is expected to make his first visit to Lyons during the campaign where he will make a multimillion-dollar promise later today or tomorrow.
Both parties are splashing cash in the Northern electorates as polls show Liberal candidate Andrew Nikolic on track to win Bass from Labor's Geoff Lyons, while Labor stalwart Dick Adams is in danger of losing Lyons to Liberal candidate Eric Hutchinson on Saturday.
The imminent Liberal Party announcement follows Mr Nikolic's promise yesterday of an extra $3 million for Launceston's North Bank precinct.