The Federal Government’s funding of a Regional Study Hub in the Clarence Valley is a major win for students and the local community, Member for Page, Kevin Hogan said.
Mr Hogan said the Government was providing $880,000 to support Country Universities Centre, Clarence Valley establish a community-owned Regional Study Hub.
This is on top of the NSW Government’s recent announcement of $1.3m back in August.
“The Regional Study Hub in the Clarence Valley will provide study spaces, internet access, video conferencing, administrative, pastoral and academic support for regional students studying via distance at partner universities,” Mr Hogan said.
“A Regional Study Hub in the Clarence Valley will mean local students can take up higher education and training opportunities without having to relocate to the city or travel long distances from home.
“There should be equality of opportunity to access higher education for every Australian, no matter where they live.
“By providing more higher education and training opportunities locally we can retain skills and experience that will boost our local economy and keep our community vibrant.”
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Country Universities Centre, Duncan Taylor was thrilled.
“This is fantastic news as the money provided by the Federal Government will go towards enhancing the student experience,” he said.
“The NSW Government has helped establish the centre, and this money from the Federal Government will provide increased technology and add to the staffing numbers to provide better support for students.
“The university Hub is about providing support for education so people are more successful in their studies.
“The Hub will assist with stopping the brain drain of students leaving the area to study, where they can take on local opportunities.”
“Thank you to Kevin and the Federal Government for this additional money.”
Some of the major projects Kevin Hogan has delivered for our community include:
- $15 million for expansion of Norco’s Ice-cream factory
- $17 million in grants for nine job-creating projects
- More than 300 new Aged Care beds
- New Headspace in Grafton
- Redevelopment of Oakes Oval.
- New Northern Rivers Regional Art Gallery
- Expanded North Coast Regional Hockey Complex
- Maclean Riverside Precinct
- Casino Amphitheatre
- Southern Cross Lads Safe Driving Course
- Woolgoolga Surf Life Saving Club
- Wollongbar Club House
- Kyogle Aquatic Centre
- Upgrade of Casino Saleyard
- Sealed road to Toonumbar Dam
- Repair of Woodburn to Coraki Road
- Coffs Harbour bypass
- Revitalisation of Kyogle Memorial Institute Hall
- Major upgrade of Culmaran Creek Road
- Upgrade of Harwood Mill and Refinery
- Replacing 20 wooden bridges in Kyogle
- Upgraded Albert Park Baseball Complex
- Upgrade of Casino Hospital Emergency Department
- Six new Trade Training Centres
- Record bulk billing rates
- Record funding for our local schools
- Record health funding
- Woodburn Riverside Precinct
- Casino Drill Hall Precinct
- More In-Home and Residential Aged Care place