Australia’s 1st ASV competition
Strapline: Being the first in something is always innovative. This idea can make Launceston a more diverse, liveable and connected city.
Opportunity: Launceston has a low population, hence lack of demand for many trades. There are few major events held in our city, and money does not circulate actively. Thus, hosting a major landmark event, especially in the wintertime, not only makes Launceston a popular regional city, but also helps the economy.
Plan for the funding: Being the host to Australia’s 1st Autonomous and/or controllable boats competition can bring jobs, joy, tourists, fame and most importantly money circulation to our city. Luckily, Launceston is the home to the only Australian Maritime College. AMC has the necessary infrastructure, diverse experts and knowledge to cooperate in promoting such events. A primary investment of $10,000 is enough to plan for the competition, make the connection between relevant organisations, identify and prepare the venue, write the rule book and advertise the competition nationally and internationally. so people can design and build a certain class of controllable boat and attend our competition.
The team: This competition brings people from other cities and countries to our city. It not only promotes Launceston but also helps businesses to earn more money. With the support of world-renowned AMC and Launceston Council, the chance of success should be much higher than other cities in Australia. Thus, regardless of who wins the competition, Launceston is the real winner.
Leo Nowruzi, National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics Australian Maritime College (AMC), University of Tasmania