The University of Tasmania has thanked the North-West community for helping to realise plans for a world-class educational and research precinct at Burnie’s West Park.
The University has opened public information displays of the final master plan for the inner-city Cradle Coast campus and will appoint a principal consultant to manage the detailed design phase of the project.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Rathjen said a thorough process of community consultation had produced a concept for an educational and research hub which would hold its own nationally and internationally.
Work was proceeding with close collaboration with Burnie City Council to ensure the development aligned with its vision of the city.
“Relocating this campus from Mooreville Road to a position embedded in the city landscape is key to the future prosperity of the North-West. This will fundamentally change Burnie as a city, and the region’s perception of education,” Professor Rathjen said.
“These are important steps toward improving educational attainment and greater economic outcomes by attracting more students who will drive an urban reinvigoration of this region.
“It will be a leading institution with contemporary facilities, a competitive course curriculum and an all-inclusive space preserving the existing and ecological elements of the site for all to experience and appreciate.”
The master plan sets out the long-term vision for the development of the site over coming decades. It follows close community consultation which gathered feedback used to inform the preferred design Option B, which incorporates a lower-scale Stage 1 main building, along with a waterfront teaching learning and research facility as part of Stage 2. Stage 1 is due to commence construction by the end of 2017.
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Community, Partnerships and Regional Development) Professor David Adams said the University would continue working closely with the community and stakeholders as the development advanced towards the release of tender and detailed design stage.
“We have listened to the North-West community and incorporated their ideas to inform the final master plan. This feedback will also be invaluable as we move towards the detailed design stage and we will ensure this is incorporated into that process also,” Professor Adams said.
Feedback themes included course offerings, the impact of views from building heights, the environment, future uses of the Mooreville road site, access and car parking, and relocating the two bands which have a home on the West Park site.
The public information displays can be accessed by the community inside the University’s main Mooreville Road entrance and Makers’ Workshop.