UTAS answers your relocation questions

ANSWERS: Northern Expansion Project director James McKee and University of Tasmania Pro Vice-Chancellor David Adams. Picture: Scott Gelston

ANSWERS: Northern Expansion Project director James McKee and University of Tasmania Pro Vice-Chancellor David Adams. Picture: Scott Gelston

The Examiner put your questions about the University of Tasmania’s move to Inveresk to Pro Vice-Chancellor David Adams and Northern Transformation Project director James McKee. 

When will UTAS release consultation details?

Professor Adams: The community consultation process around Inveresk is underway at the moment following the release of the masterplan and the final reports are likely to come out early or mid-October. 

What does the parking model look like?

Mr McKee: We’ve been working now for over 18 months with our key partners, particularly the Launceston City Council because of the significance of this issue.

That’s included some quite significant traffic flow and parking studies.

We can say there will be an increase, an overall increase in parking capability around the broader site precinct.

Part of that is thinking about it rather than a traditional, providing just enough parks in a development application – how do we think of this as a precinct and actually develop a parking strategy that helps alleviate some of the potential traffic congestion and possibly even existing traffic congestion.

There’s a piece of work at the moment that’s underway to finalise what David talked about in terms of those studies that have been going quite some time.

How do we manage parking as a precinct, not just as a university? 

That takes into account events and where we might not need parkings on weekends then that is able to be utilised in event mode.

It’s really maximising parking.

Professor Adams: It’s really quite important to think that most of the world's best practice university campuses tend to have a much higher proportion of people walking, bicycling, using shared transport options, public transport options.

We need to build in the appropriate incentives and facilities so that we don’t think of it primarily as a carparking issue but how can we create a campus that is much more attuned to where we’re heading in terms of sustainability, in terms of connectivity to the city. 

Is there a time on the development application?

Professor Adams: Not yet. 

We’re looking for the feedback on the masterplan at the moment – that’s our key priority.

That will then inform the design process which then sits alongside the development of the development application.

So we’re focussed on the masterplan feedback and that’s what we’re really encouraging people and looking for other people to encourage people to look at the information that’s out there.

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