The positive consideration by Infrastructure Australia of the University of Tasmania’s Hobart Science and Technology Precinct proposal, announced today, is a positive step towards the project Liberal Senator Eric Abetz said today.
Senator Abetz, along with the Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team, have been privately advocating for this project to Ministers in Canberra for several years. The Infrastructure Australia report on the project released today that the $381 million investment would see total benefit of $745 million for the Tasmanian community.
“I am pleased that Infrastructure Australia has come to the same conclusion that many Tasmanians have – that this is a worthwhile project that is worthy of support,” Senator Abetz said today.
“Now that the project has been added to the priority list, the Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team can actively seek funding in an effort to get the project off the ground and this project seems to be ripe for inclusion in a potential Hobart City Deal.”
“The proposed facility could accommodate 3,000 students and 700 staff as well as drive further jobs and investment in Southern Tasmania. This is an exciting opportunity to grow the economy and it is clear that this option would be cheaper than redeveloping the current facilities at Sandy Bay.”
“The Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team will continue to work closely with the Tasmanian Liberal Government to effectively champion this important project in Canberra,” Senator Abetz said.