I’m thrilled that Infrastructure Australia has given the tick of approval to the University of Tasmania’s proposal for a science, technology, engineering and mathematics precinct in the Hobart CBD.

The project will be transformational for the University and for Hobart more broadly, and I’m ecstatic that Infrastructure Australia recognises this. It will create a significant economic boost, both during construction and on completion with the thousands of staff and students who’ll occupy the new facilities.

The ball is now in the Federal Government’s court to commit the necessary funds for the project. I have been lobbying the Government to fund the project for some time, and in my meeting with the Prime Minister this week he clearly understood the value of the project and the way in which it would transform Hobart.

The Infrastructure Australia formal recommendation of the project was the critical precursor to the Federal Government agreeing to provide funding. With that recommendation now secured, I will redouble my efforts to close the deal in Canberra.

I’m more optimistic than ever given today’s announcement that the STEM facility will become a reality.

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