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Makers' Workshop

A Makers’ Workshop for the future:

Makers’ Workshop is being reimagined into an exciting technology and innovation hub, building on the region’s history of making, and featuring its strengths in ‘modern making’.

The University will be introducing a new range of learning, research and industry projects at the site focused on supporting technology, manufacturing, design, innovation, and food production in the North-West.

This will be enabled by bringing together our Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) facility, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA), a new Business Incubator, and a public demonstration space inside the building. The building will be open to the public on a programmed basis enabling people to see and experience technology and innovation from the region.

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Frequently asked questions

In 2021, Burnie City Council ceased its tourism operations on site – the Visitor Information Centre and Creative Paper Mill. This changed the traditional tourism-based business model of Makers’ Workshop. With little visitation, the retail shop, café, and the Makers’ program, could not be sustained. Burnie City Council continues to own the building and as the tenant of Makers’ Workshop, the University has been careful in considering the future use of the site. We are aware of the need for Makers’ to continue connecting with the community and for future activities to be true to the proud and extensive history of ‘making’ in the North-West. Makers’ Workshop’s future is aimed at demonstrating and supporting the technology and innovation that our region is known for – agricultural technology, specialised manufacturing, and entrepreneurship in small business.

The technology and innovation focus of the new Makers’ involves:

  • The Original Equipment Manufacturing Facility (OEM) which conducts training for local people and industry projects in technology, design and specialised manufacturing.
  • The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) which will be undertaking laboratory science and developing agricultural technology on-site addressing regional food production and processing challenges.
  • A Business Incubator led by the Cradle Coast Authority, supported by the Tasmanian Government, and aimed at assisting aspiring local entrepreneurs, start-ups, and existing small businesses.
  • A demonstration space showcasing technology from the region for the public.

Over the period that Makers’ Workshop has been closed, much planning, preparation, and stakeholder and industry discussions have been underway. Burnie City Council has approved a change of use application for the site, and detailed floorplans have been developed together with a Development Application for minor external works. The next steps will be seeking a building permit and undertaking a tendering process to refurbish the interior over the coming months. The tendering, refurbishment and the transition process will take considerable time. Contractor activity will commence in the second half of 2022 and we expect Makers’ Workshop to be fully operational in its new form in 2023. Until the next chapter begins, the building will remain temporarily closed. We are repurposing as much of the existing furniture as possible. Any surplus furniture will be made available to the community. We have arranged for Fairbrother (which controls the carpark areas of the broader site) to remove the safety fencing along the Bass Highway which has improved the look of the area. The grounds are also being maintained.

Makers’ Workshop will reopen to the public on a programmed basis. Businesses and primary producers will be able to access training and participate in technology and design projects, while the demonstration space will allow community members to see and experience displays of technology relevant to our region during a programmed event. We plan to involve schools and community organisations with events, and have a schedule of activities that the public can participate in. Coffee and food options are available nearby at the publicly-accessible café on the ground floor in the adjacent university campus building.

Absolutely. New operators and entrepreneurs from the region can participate in development programs and progress their ideas in the Business Incubator led by the Cradle Coast Authority. It will feature co-working spaces, business mentoring and training. This will not only help new local businesses develop but will also contribute to future local jobs and economic prosperity. OEM and TIA staff will continue to engage with business and industry to help solve industry problems and provide people with the skills needed across our region’s workforce. Industry, business and community members can also participate in learning programs and public events. An industry briefing was held recently and these will continue. Please reach out to us at campus.transformation@utas.edu.au if you would like to connect and learn more.

The interior floorplan will be reconfigured to allow for laboratories, co-working spaces in the Business Incubator, collaborative learning areas, and demonstrations of technology in the foyer. Minor alterations will be made to the building’s façade and also to the loading dock area to include outdoor storage areas and fencing. Parking will continue to be available west of the building. We are working with Burnie City Council to transform the eastern carpark into a landscaped park area which can be enjoyed by the community while creating an attractive connection between Makers’ Workshop and the city centre.

Much consideration has gone into this. Any change to the name would still need to reflect making, the heritage of Makers’ Workshop, and Burnie as the City of Makers. However, the ‘workshop’ element of handmade making has changed. Hence, we are proposing the new Makers’ Workshop be called The Makers or simply Makers’. This retains its well-known name, reflects the ‘modern making’ of the technology and innovation featured in the building, and respects its past of artisan making. If people agree, we would progress a new logo and signage at the site.

The role that Makers’ Workshop played in the arts and artisan ‘making’ will be progressed a short distance away at Burnie City Council’s new cultural precinct located in the heart of the CBD. The paper mache figures will be retained in their display cases in the building.

Monthly community walks will be resuming at West Park soon. These are open to everyone and will include a progress update about our plans for Makers’ Workshop as well as a tour of the new campus Field Building to discover what it enables for our region.

Maker's Workshop, Cradle Coast

West Park staged works

Contractor activity is continuing across sections of West Park to complete staged works which include:

  • expanding the Little Penguin habitat,
  • building a new home for the City of Burnie Brass Band and Burnie Highland Pipe Band,
  • converting the railway corridor into a community bike path, and
  • creating a shared car park for site users.
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Full completion of the remaining staged works is expected in the second half of 2023. Vehicle and pedestrian access will be impacted in different areas at varying times as works progress. For your safety, please observe all access signage around the site. Thank you for your ongoing understanding and cooperation.

Contractor activity has been temporarily paused on site due to unforeseen delays:

Main car park:

The University is building a new car park that will serve users of the whole West Park precinct. As a university that takes pride in leading positive, environmental change, it has always been important to deliver a low-carbon car park that considers and blends with the surrounding headland landscape and reflects the community’s expectation that sustainability and the environment are prioritised at West Park. Our preferred low-carbon surfacing material was found to be unsuitable during testing, so we are currently exploring an alternative sustainable option.

Car park completion timeframes are still to be confirmed, as this is dependent on sourcing sample panels and successful testing, but at this stage we estimate the car park to be finished around March 2023. While the car park works are on hold, we are looking at every way possible to safely reopen pedestrian access along the coastal path bordering this area until contractor activity fully resumes. As this will be a shared car park, it is important we take the time to ensure we get the right outcome and the best long-term result for site users and the environment.

Remaining staged works:

The remaining works on site will commence once the main car park has been completed and members from the City of Burnie Brass Band and Burnie Highland Pipe Band transition to their new home, enabling their existing facilities to be safely dismantled. The remaining works include regenerating and expanding the Little Penguin habitat, full completion of the coastal walkway, converting the railway corridor into a new bike path and final landscaping.

The University commenced construction in July 2021 on a new $1.7 million facility that is being built for Burnie City Council as the future home of the City of Burnie Brass Band and Burnie Highland Pipe Band. The development will support each band to continue its community contribution and have an ongoing presence at West Park. The new facility is located on the western side of the precinct, and band members will continue to have access to their existing rooms until construction of the new facility is finalised and they have transitioned to this space. Completion of the development is expected around the end of this year.

While the car park is being completed, alternative parking arrangements are in place. Some existing parking areas at West Park are being temporarily reserved for permit holders between Monday – Friday, 7.30am – 4pm. Outside of these hours, visitors are welcome to utilise the parking spaces unless they are signed otherwise. Parking is reserved for users of The Point in its adjacent car park, and there is dedicated visitor parking for the University’s Field Building opposite the western campus entrance. These temporary arrangements will continue until construction of the main car park has been completed. In line with our development approval, parking at West Park will only be available for users of the precinct’s facilities - city commuter parking is not returning.

Site activity

  • Days of site activity: Monday - Friday (excluding public holidays), with occasional weekend work
  • Working hours: 7am - 5.20pm
  • Site Manager: Liam von Bibra 0419 157 150 or lvonbibra@fairbrother.com.au

Accommodation

At our West Park apartments, you can find yourself living steps away from our new Cradle Coast campus.

These apartments fall under the National Rental Affordability Scheme. This gives you access to the best of Burnie on a student's budget.

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Services and facilities

Our purpose-built teaching and learning facilities are inclusive and accessible with a range of amenities and resources, both on-site and nearby. All University of Tasmania campuses are now fully smoke-free and have COVID-19 safety measures in place.

Maps showing the locations of our on-campus amenities can be found in the Maps of Burnie campuses section below. Amenities include:

  • Cabin coffee operates the café at our new campus, bringing with them a very strong commitment to local, seasonal produce and quality coffee.

    Opening hours are Monday- Friday, 8am-3pm.
  • You’ll find our Unigym at the Burnie Surf Life Saving Club nearby, where you’ll have access to a small boutique weights and cardio area and group fitness classes. Limited memberships are available. Please email burnie.sport@utas.edu.au for more information.
  • Discounted memberships are also on offer for students at Anytime Fitness.

Our new Cradle Coast campus library is open to the community. It has a range of print and electronic resources to help with your studies, as well as a 24/7 returns point.

Some library learning hubs offer 24-hour access. However, access to the libraries varies depending on the academic year. Please check the current Library opening hours.

Phone: +61 3 6430 4985

You are welcome to feed your child wherever you feel comfortable on campus. In addition, facilities are available for staff and students who need a private space to breastfeed/express milk.

Find out more about the facilities, including what is available in the rooms, opening times, and a guide on children on campus, go to breastfeeding.

Room locations

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Cradle CoastRoom 106 near the main campus entrance

Further information about Campus Services

Campus locations

Campus addresses

University of Tasmania
Cradle Coast campus
West Park precinct
4-8 Bass Highway
BURNIE TASMANIA 7320
AUSTRALIA

T: +61 3 6226 2999


Student Centre / UConnect hours:
Monday – Friday, 8.45am - 5pm
24/7 swipe card access available for students and staff

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Campus maps

Maps include building names and purposes; automated external defibrillators (AED); emergency points; bicycle facilities, electric car charging, car parking and parking voucher machines; bus stops; showers; water refill stations and community gardens.

Maps are updated on a regular basis as our campuses transform.

Cradle coast - West Park campus map