U Tas gets real in real estate

After having gone the whole haussmann with its plan for the Hobart CBD (CMM May 18), Uni Tas appoints planners for its existing “much-loved” campus, at Sandy Bay

According to VC Rufus Black, the aim is, “a sustainable community with a mixture of housing, including attainable housing, education, aged care, commercial and retail spaces, and associated infrastructure.” The U Tas playing fields will also remain – which makes sense, tricky having footy fields in the city-centre, where the university is moving.

Community consultation on the Sandy Bay developments runs to year-end.

The university also announces that its big-site developments, there and Newnham (in Launceston) will be managed by a wholly-owned subsidiary, UTAS Properties Pty Ltd. This is to allow “the university to focus on its core business of learning, teaching and research.” Very wise, dealing with locals worried about prospects of the traffic and noise of new neighbours might bring can take up time.