Premier of Tasmania – City partnership delivers new campus land to improve living, working and studying in Tasmania


July 14, 2022

Guy Barnett, Minister for State Development, Building and Housing

City partnership delivers new campus land to improve life, work and study in Tasmania

The University of Tasmania’s move to its new main campus in Launceston draws closer today with the opening of the brand new Esk Activity Space and Food and Community Garden in Inveresk, celebrated with an organized Plant and Play Community Day by students.

Part of the Urban Realm initiative as part of the $304 million campus redevelopment, these innovative and vibrant new outdoor spaces will transform the way UTAS students and the wider community come together to enjoy their beautiful part of the world.

Architecturally designed by Realm Studios, the more than 15,000 m² of interconnected outdoor spaces create exciting new opportunities to connect, collaborate and create a sense of belonging through shared learning, recreation and events.

This landmark project exemplifies the fundamental principles of urban renewal that underpin the Australian Government’s City Deals – to create livable, sustainable and transformative infrastructure in consultation with the community, to meet their needs and support well-being and growth.

The redevelopment of the University of Tasmania’s Inveresk Campus is being funded under the $570 million Launceston City Deal, a groundbreaking partnership between all three levels of government and institutions like the university.

The redevelopment is jointly funded, with the Australian government contributing $130 million, the Tasmanian government $60 million, the city of Launceston $5.4 million and the University of Tasmania $108 million.

More information on the Launceston City Deal can be found at:

Quotes attributable to Catherine King, Minister of Federal Infrastructure, Transportation, Regional Development and Local Government:

“The opening of the Esk Activity Space and Food and Community Garden is an exciting part of the redevelopment of the University of Tasmania’s Inveresk Campus – one of the great benefits to be shared with the wider community.

“It’s great to see university students and the wider community coming together to enjoy these new facilities.

“I look forward to seeing more projects completed as part of the University of Tasmania redevelopment and continuing work on projects like this that will benefit the community of Launceston and the surrounding region.”

Quotes attributable to Tasmanian State Development Minister Guy Barnett:

“I commend the University for opening up the Urban Realm, another milestone in the North’s transformation project.

“This is another example of how the Launceston City Deal is helping to make Launceston one of Australia’s most livable and innovative regional cities.

“One of the main goals of moving the university campus to Inveresk was to connect with the community and put higher education at the forefront of people’s minds, which is exactly what the urban estate does in a way visible through sporting, recreational and social activities.”

Quotes attributable to Acting Mayor of the City of Launceston, Danny Gibson:

“Recreational spaces are really important to our community and we are thrilled to see this incredible space open to the public.

“It’s really nice to see a space that has been carefully designed to allow our whole community to interact.

“When students choose to study in this beautiful city, no matter where they are from, it quickly becomes their new home and they are always warmly welcomed into our community.”

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