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Friday, 30 October 1970

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Education and Science, upon notice:

(1)   Is he able to say whether the Wollongong University College occupies an area of approximately 82 acres; if so, is it anticipated that this will prove to be inadequate for the proposed student population of 10,000.

(2)   Is he able to say, in respect of each other university established in the last 20 years, what is the (a) present student population, (b) projected student population and (c) area occupied.

(3)   If it is established that the Wollongong University College is inadequately sited, will the Government make early and adequate financial assistance available for the acquisition of additions to the site area.,

Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The Wollongong University College does occupy an area of approximately 82 acres. I am aware that the Students' Representative Council expects the university to grow to an enrolment of 10,000, but no intimation of ultimate size has yet been given me by loose who will plan the development of the new university or by the State Government.

(2)   In the table below are listed the universities established since 19S0, the student population as at 30th April 1970, the estimated student populations in 1972, and the area occupied by each university inclusive of residential college sites:


(3)   The New South Wales Minister for Education, the Honourable C. 8. Cutler, advised me some time ago that Wollongong University College will be granted autonomy as from 1st January 1975. My reply to the Honourable Minister was to the effect that the Australian Universities Commission would consider any requests put to h and would be prepared to recommend appropriate grants to enable the College to achieve autonomy as from 1st January 1975. I further advised the Minister that the Commonwealth Government would consider any such recommendations by the Commission sympathetically. In making requests to the Australian Universities Commission, I would expect the appropriate State and University authorities to take into account the adequacy or otherwise of the existing site of the Wollongong University College.

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