The decision to move the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture to be headquartered in the North makes sense for the state, but also the agriculture industry.
Tasmania’s education future relies on a link between research and industry. A purpose-built facility to assist with world-leading research is a much needed next step.
Here in the North, we celebrate the jobs that will be relocated or created with the move to Newnham and Inveresk.
While it’s a blow for the North-West and Hobart, hopefully it will mean those areas can see similar investment into the future.
Meanwhile, Northern Tasmanians are not going to say no the addition of hundreds of jobs.
The removal of the hub and spoke model (Hobart as the hub and the North and North-West as the spoke) also makes commercial sense for a business looking to consolidate, particularly as we attempt to move beyond the coronavirus emergency.
The decentralisation of the university is also another win – as the potential of the Inveresk campus to reinvigorate the Launceston CBD moves closer to a possible reality.
University of Tasmania’s relocation to the outskirts of the CBD drew criticism when first announced, and continues to do so by some.
However, it’s announcements and plans like the TIA that help to bring clarity to the university’s decision making.
The campus move is more than just bricks and mortar. It’s a chance to design a university beyond graduate degrees.
The new campus is an opportunity to integrate the learning economy into existing industries and showcase the links within education in terms of employment.
A craved benefit that has been lost in the reaction to the large-scale Inveresk relocation.
With change comes opportunities and at the moment there are plenty for Northern Tasmanians to grab hold of and embrace with positiveness and optimism, which makes the vision for Launceston to be one of the world’s best regional cities achievable.