The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, is delighted with the Federal Government’s co-operation in directly committing $20 million to ensure the future of the Tasmanian ICT Centre in Hobart.

This will be matched by $20 million from the CSIRO, $5 million from the State Government and $5 million from industry.

“I personally negotiated with the Prime Minister for this crucial funding to make sure Hobart remains home to one of the largest information and communication technologies research facilities in Australia,’’ Mr Wilkie said.

“The Tasmanian ICT Centre’s future had been in doubt, but this money will guarantee the research facility another five years and is great news for Tasmania’s economy and reputation as a world-class research centre,’’ Mr Wilkie said.

The Tasmanian ICT centre was created in 2006 with the goal of developing an internationally competitive ICT sector in the State.

Its 30 scientists research issues of national and global importance including water resources, coastal sustainability, aquaculture, energy technologies and health.

“This is the future for Tasmania,’’ Mr Wilkie said. “It is cutting edge industries that throw the State and Federal Governments’ pre-occupation with the stinking Tamar pulp mill into stark relief.’’

Mr Wilkie said today’s announcement followed the $340 million Federal contribution to the Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment and was another example of his good working relationship with the Federal Government.

“After decades of neglect from Canberra, Denison is seeing the value of voting Independent,’’ he said.
Andrew Wilkie, Independent Member for Denison