A $500,000 business case will be developed to support the construction of a dedicated Defence Innovation and Design Precinct at the University of Tasmania.
After touring the Australian Maritime College, Defence Minister Marise Payne announced $250,000 would be allocated by the Commonwealth Government to support the new precinct.
The federal government’s injection will be matched by an additional $125,000 each from the state government and the University of Tasmania.
A masterplan will be developed for the Defence precinct, at UTAS’ Newnham campus.
University of Tasmania Vice-Chancellor Peter Rathjen said the University was pleased to be working with the state and Australian governments on the project.
“There is significant potential to leverage and build on the region’s existing defence infrastructure and manufacturing capabilities,” he said.
“We are pursuing a major investment in our campuses in northern Tasmania at the same time as the nation’s spending on defence will grow steeply – we aim to grasp the opportunities this presents to build on the excellence that exists in our Australian Maritime College and in the north of the state.”
Professor Rathjen said the precinct at Newnham, alongside the AMC, would encourage the collocation of industry with the University, catalyse new research and development collaborations and deliver significant investment in the Launceston region.”
He said the feasibility study would build on work by the university and the state government to “strategically review the opportunities in defence for the AMC in connection with the Tasmanian maritime cluster”.