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New Murdock University learning centre to serve the Peel region.



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NEW MURDOCH UNIVERSITY LEARNING CENTRE TO SERVE THE PEEL REGION

30 June 2005 MIN 1142/05

Today, I was pleased to support my colleague, the Member for Canning, Mr Don Randall, by officiating at the opening of Murdoch University’s Learning Centre in Mandurah, Western Australia.

The Howard Government has provided $2.6 million for the Learning Centre, and its opening marks the completion of stage one of Murdoch University’s Peel Campus.

Over the next two years the Australian Government will provide a further $4 million for new information technology links between the University’s campuses, taking the total Australian Government contribution to $6.6 million.

Murdoch University’s presence in Mandurah is part of an innovative education precinct, which is also home to Mandurah Senior College and Challenger TAFE. Together they offer students a wide range of learning opportunities at a shared education site, building links with community, industry and business within the Peel region.

The University Learning Centre includes an 80-seat video communications room, three 30-seat flexible teaching rooms, one multi-purpose laboratory, and offices for technicians, administration and academic staff.

I congratulate Murdoch University for their innovative approach. This Centre will provide educational opportunities, to the benefit of local industry, education providers and the community at large.

In addition, the Government will fund 191 new places at Murdoch University’s Peel Campus by 2008, supporting 270 students in courses such as Aged Care Nursing,

General Nursing, and Accounting. By 2008 the University will also receive 123 places in Entrepreneurship, shared between the Peel and Rockingham campuses, which will support around 175 students.

This year, the Howard Government will spend $7.8 billion on higher education, and will provide more than $44 million for special capital and infrastructure projects in universities throughout Australia.

The Government is committed to enhancing higher education opportunities in regional Australia, and I wish all those involved in the new centre every success.

Media Contacts: Dr Nelson’s Office: Yaron Finkelstein 0414 927 663 Dept of Education, Science & Training: Tony Mithen (02) 6240 7174