塔斯马尼亚拥有一个绰号 — “中国人的熟食店”（熟食店通常供应高品质拥有品牌的食品，塔州向中国出口大量的农产品食品，因此得此美誉），在中国领导人习近平访问澳大利亚期间，他对塔斯马尼亚进行了特别的访问。他在那里考察和品尝了一些全国知名的农产品食品，包括牛肉，奶酪，威士忌还有葡萄酒。
该计划是 Launceston 城市协议的重要组成部分之一，其目的是在未来五年内将 Launceston 建设成为澳大利亚最宜居和最具创新活力的偏远地区城市之一。
Study in China’s Delicatessen?
Tasmania got its nickname “China’s Delicatessen” as legend will have it during the visit of China’s Leader Xi to Australia when he made a special side visit to Tasmania. Where he inspected and tasted some of the states famed produce, from beef to cheese and whisky to wine.
With a state election coming up in Tasmania the Federal Turnbull Coalition Government is keen to put its mantra of jobs and growth to work for the re-election of the Liberal Tasmanian Government. As an export success with infrastructure potential, higher education is an obvious option.
The Australian Government is committed to ensuring Australia is, and continues to be, a globally competitive marketplace.No surprise, the Turnbull Government will drive jobs and economic revitalisation in Launceston through the game-changing relocation of the University of Tasmania’s main campus to Central Business District, yes it has one.
A winner in many ways：rapid appreciations of real estate values；a demographic fix by bringing in lots of young people into an ageing population； there is also the food and tourism aspect；and the opportunity for improved transport infrastructure and more accommodation.
Jobs and growth indeed!
With the Commonwealth funding agreement for the project now settled with the University of Tasmania, construction can commence on this significant boost to education and research in Tasmania’s north.
The investment to relocate the University of Tasmania’s main campus to Launceston is the centrepiece of the Launceston City Deal agreed with the Tasmanian Government and Launceston City Council back in April 2017.
As part of the City Deal the Turnbull Government is investing $130 million in the project, with the University of Tasmania contributing $64.6 million, the Tasmanian State Liberal Government $60 million and the City of Launceston $5.4 million, bringing the total project funding to $260 million.
Given those numbers, it will attract private investment as well and probably become a standout performer in the property appreciation stakes that elsewhere in Australia have been moderating if not retreating.
The project addresses critical economic and community challenges currently facing Launceston by providing better access to quality higher education. This is fundamental in supporting productivity, long-term economic growth and social well-being in the community.
The University’s Launceston education and research campuses and activities will be more accessible in the central city site of Inveresk. The project will deliver an enhanced learning experience for domestic and international students, at the University of Tasmania. China is likely to rank high as a source of students given Tasmania’s name recognition. The result is bringing more skills and opportunities to the region and supporting local businesses and community engagement.
The initiative is an essential part of the Launceston City Deal and positions Launceston to become one of Australia’s most liveable and innovative regional cities within the next five years.The Government’s investment in this project recognises the importance of modern infrastructure in the delivery of quality education, research, science and technology across northern Tasmania.
Key elements of the project include a new fit-for-purpose campus at Inveresk in Launceston providing modern, world-class teaching, learning and research facilities, particularly in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
Establishing a Launceston-based Institute for Applied Science and Design that supports the future of science and research in the region that can foster the creation of new commercial products and services.
Given the relatively small size of Tasmania, the reach from Launceston could well encompass all of Tasmania’s natural competitive advantages.
Now that we live in a connected world where digital resources are ever present we also should look at some of the trends that could be generated, especially by the influx of a large international student cohort from China and India.
Apart from jobs and growth, are we not the most successful multicultural society in the world? Why not Fintech in Launceston, connected to the world. It would be great if we had some more vision from our politicians as to how some of these ambitions could be achieved. With the Tasmanian state election campaign looming if it has not already started some clever and provocative ideas should come to the fore. I hope the Australian Greens Party will be one of these forces that rather than trying to stop progress and development, will engage with innovation and foresight in the intellectual competition and bring some bright sparks.
Australia has been lagging behind in terms getting things done, the indications are nowhere more obvious than in the Pacific islands where people are looking increasingly to China rather than Australia for aid and development assistance. It would be great if in the future Launceston could be an example how well Australia and Australian developments can do!