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Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Page: 759


Ms CHESTERS (Bendigo) (13:57): Today I rise to inform the House that it is O Week at the La Trobe University. Today we welcome 1,385 new undergraduate students to the La Trobe University campus in Bendigo. These new undergraduates will join approximately 4,000 students at the campus and will undertake a broad range of courses from the Tertiary Enabling Program through to a doctorate of philosophy.

We like to think that the Bendigo campus is the jewel in the crown of La Trobe. Each facility at the campus caters for a wide number of courses: from visual arts to outdoor and environment education; civil engineering to our amazing rural school of health; dentistry, oral health, paramedics, pharmacy and planning. In 2014 we will see the commencement of new courses at the campus, including paramedic practice, public health promotion, exercise science and exercise physiology, as well as a number of business courses in sports development and management. The Tertiary Enabling Program is a great success story, enabling students would not have otherwise been able to undertake the chance to go to university. This was a Labor government initiative, and I am proud to say that it continues today at the campus.

The campus plays an important role in our local economy, for Bendigo and for Central Victoria, by employing more than 400 people in the— (Time expired)