Master plans for the University of Tasmania’s relocation from Newnham to Inveresk has been described as a “glass more than half full” by the Launceston Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber’s executive officer Jan Davis said the master plan, released on Tuesday, represented an exciting opportunity for Launceston.
“Recognising though that it is is a master plan, some details do still need to be filled in,” she said.
The master plan was released for public comment on Tuesday. The public will be able to have their say once details on the consultation process have been finalised for the end of July.
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Ms Davis said it was important the community understood the master plan did not represent the final form the campus might take and issues such as parking and traffic flow would be addressed.
The chamber has been in consultation with UTAS on the master plan but Ms Davis said they would also be providing more comment as part of the consultation process.
“We met with them about a month ago to address some of our concerns, that have been met in the master plan but we will be providing more feedback,” she said.
“The master plan is not about the final project, it’s about saying ‘there’s a building here’ but it doesn’t mean that is what it will look like at the end.”
Ms Davis said while there were still details that needed to be worked out, the master plan showed the overall ‘feel’ of the project and how it would connect the city with the new campus.
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She said the central community area, which comprised part over and underground car park and part community space was an exciting addition.
The master plan also opened up new opportunities for things such as pedestrian and cycle traffic and improved public transport.
Relocation of the UTAS campus is also being done on the North-West in Burnie and upgrades of Hobart’s Sandy Bay campus are also being undertaken.
Launceston’s project has received support from all tiers of government, from the City of Launceston council and the state and federal governments through the state budget and the Launceston City Deal.