Uni go-ahead for $5m bridge
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.