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Universities get $58 million for student services and facilities

26 February 2007

Facilities from sporting fields to medical centres will be built at universities across the country as the Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, today announced funding of more than $58 million for universities to provide new or improved services for students and their local communities.

The 37 new projects have been funded under the Voluntary Student Unionism Transition Fund and the Support for Small Businesses on Regional University Campuses Programme, with 34 of these projects located on regional campuses.

“Both programmes will help universities adjust to the introduction of Voluntary Student Unionism,” Minister Bishop said.

“The projects supported by these grants will provide students all around Australia with improved services and facilities which promote social interaction and good health.

“The grants support a range of improved or new facilities which will enhance university life. The majority of these are also available to the community which emphasises the vital role of universities to their regions.

“This funding is on top of the $160 million that the Australian Government has put back in the pockets of students who can now choose the services they want to support.

“A second funding round will take place later this year,” Minister Bishop said.

Details of the projects are attached. Further information about the programmes and projects is available at www.dest.gov.au/sectors/higher_education/programmes_funding/VSUF.htm

Media Contacts: Minister Bishop’s Office: Tory Vidler 0414 228 727 Dept of Education, Science & Training: Media Unit 02 6240 7300

VOLUNTARY STUDENT UNIONISM TRANSITION FUND PROJECTS

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UNIVERSITY PROJECT/CAMPUS ALLOCATION

NEW SOUTH WALES

Charles Sturt University All weather running track - Bathurst campus $2,600,000

New soccer field and gym facilities - Orange campus $374,000

Southern Cross University New sports hall & fitness centre - Coffs Harbour campus $1,000,000

Student leisure centre - Lismore Campus $2,000,000

University of Newcastle Repayment of loan used to fund sports and aquatic centre $2,600,000

University of New England

New multi-purpose hall and refurbished gym Upgrade of gym equipment Upgrade of swimming pool $5,000,000

University of Wollongong Multi purpose indoor sports facility $4,600,000

University of Western Sydney New sports precinct - Penrith campus $4,050,000

Sub-total $22,224,000

VICTORIA

University of Melbourne

Upgrade of facilities at Dookie and Creswick campuses plus new recreational facility at Creswick $1,850,000

La Trobe University

Upgrade gym - Bendigo campus $96,486

Develop fitness centre - Wodonga campus $164,950

Sub-total $2,116,436

QUEENSLAND

University of the Sunshine Coast Multipurpose indoor stadium - Sippy Downs campus $5,000,000

James Cook University New fitness facility - Townsville campus $4,560,000

University of Southern Queensland

Outdoor multi-use court facilities - Wide Bay campus. Outdoor practice facilities for basketball, netball, volleyball, tennis etc - Springfield campus. Redevelopment of outdoor sports facilities at Toowoomba campus, including extension to rugby clubhouse, new ovals, practice fields, tennis centre.

$5,000,000

Griffith University Multi-purpose sports precinct - Mt Gravatt campus $3,582,074

Sub-total $18,142,074

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Flinders University Expand fitness centre - Adelaide campus $2,665,000

University of South Australia Provision of student lounge - Whyalla campus $100,000

Sub-total $2,765,000

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Charles Darwin University Sport and Rec precinct - Casuarina campus $5,000,000

Sub-total $5,000,000

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

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SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES ON REGIONAL UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES PROGRAMME

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Edith Cowan University Outdoor court facility - Bunbury campus $360,000

Sub-total $360,000

TASMANIA

University of Tasmania

Refurbishment and extension of Hobart sport and recreation facility, including improved disabled access. Expansion of Launceston facility including upgrade of sports ground and facilities. Construction of gym/weight room and tennis/multi purpose courts - Cradle Coast campus.

$5,000,000

Sub-total $5,000,000

TOTAL ALLOCATION $55,602,510

UNIVERSITY PROJECT/CAMPUS ALLOCATION

NEW SOUTH WALES

University of New England Several Businesses, Armidale $491,000

University of Wollongong Medical Services Hub, Wollongong $405,000

University of Wollongong Restaurant/Cafe, Shoalhaven $95,000

Sub-total $991,000

VICTORIA

Deakin University Medical Services, Warrnambool/Geelong $30,000

Deakin University Accommodation Services, Geelong $166,000

La Trobe University Bookshop/Café, Albury/Wodonga $500,000

University of Ballarat Mini Mart, Mt Helen $104,086

University of Ballarat Italian Café, Mt Helen $114,131

Sub-total $914,217

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

University of South Australia Café, Whyalla $230,000

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Charles Darwin University Childcare, Alice Springs $100,000

Charles Darwin University Medical Centre, Casuarina $400,000

Sub-total $500,000

TOTAL ALLOCATION $2,635,217

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