Defence and the University of Tasmania have signed an agreement to develop a new Defence and Maritime Innovation and Design Precinct in Launceston.
Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, said the agreement kicks off a three-year program that will expand the capability of the University of Tasmania’s (UTAS) Australian Maritime College (AMC).
“I’m pleased to deliver this funding to develop the Defence and Maritime Innovation and Design Precinct at the University’s Newnham Campus in Launceston,” Minister Reynolds said. “This new precinct will foster maritime-specific solutions as well as a broad range of science and technology capabilities, drawing academics from across the country to support Defence Science and Technology.”
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, said it is critical that Australia harnesses the skills, talents and expertise of the country’s entire innovation network to deliver the best possible outcomes for Defence and Australia more broadly.
“Launceston has long been considered a hub of excellence in maritime engineering and innovation,” she said. “This development will help preserve the AMC’s role as our national maritime institute, ensuring the needs of both civil and Defence maritime industrial sectors are served.”
The program will create nearly 60 local jobs during the construction phase, and it’s estimated it will create over 150 new jobs in the Launceston region each year.