Uni go-ahead for $5m bridge

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - PATRICK GEE

A UTAS ap­pli­ca­tion to build a pedes­trian and cy­cle bridge across the North Esk River was ap­proved unan­i­mously at yes­ter­day’s City of Launce­s­ton coun­cil meet­ing.

The de­vel­op­ment is the sec­ond piece of the univer­sity’s Northern Trans­for­ma­tion pro­ject to pass the coun­cil test af­ter a “stu­dent ex­pe­ri­ence” build­ing was ap­proved for its In­veresk Precinct last month.

The $5 mil­lion bridge will cross the river from the ex­ist­ing view­ing plat­form on the northern levee ad­ja­cent to the In­veresk stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion to the south­ern bank south­west of the Scotch Oak­burn Col­lege Row­ing Club and ex­tend­ing into Boland St road re­serve.

The bridge is co-funded by UTAS and the State and Fed­eral Gov­ern­ments.

“It’s a crit­i­cal piece of in­fra­struc­ture to con­nect the univer­sity com­mu­nity with the cen­tre of our city and in do­ing so will re­vi­talise and en­er­gise our place as a vis­i­tor des­ti­na­tion,” Tourism Northern Tas­ma­nia chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris Grif­fin said.

UTAS pro­ject direc­tor Sam Tucker said the UTAS team would work closely with town plan­ners.

“As the City of Launce­s­ton are es­sen­tial stake­hold­ers, they have been re­quested to be on the se­lec­tion panel to as­sist in se­lec­tion of the suc­cess­ful ten­der ap­pli­cant,” Mr Tucker said.

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