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Peel campus and region benefits from quick injection of federal funds.

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The opportunity to install a high speed network connection linking Perth to Mandurah during construction the new railway line could not be passed up, said Federal Member for Canning, Don Randall.

An application supported by all four Western Australian Universities and CSIRO was submitted to the Australian Research and Education Network (ARENEC) for a fibre optic cable.

The fibre cable would be inserted into the trench during construction of the Perth-Mandurah Railway Line.

“Not only will this fibre cable connect the recently opened Murdoch University Peel Campus to all other WA Universities, it will provide a fantastic education and research resource for the people of the Peel region,” said Mr Randall.

Funding approval for the project was needed by 11 August otherwise construction of the Railway would proceed without the fibre optic cable installation.

Mr Randall quickly approached Minister for Education Science and Training the Hon Dr Brendan Nelson when funding approval had not been advised and the window for opportunity loomed.

Within three days, funding approval of $2.2million had been granted by the Minister and his department.

The link will greatly benefit Murdoch as all of its campuses will be connected with high-speed fibre optic cable,” said Murdoch University Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Kateryna Longley

“In the future exploitation of available capacity in the link will provide significant benefits to areas in the Peel region along the Railway route. Importantly, this is the first stage of a southern regional network, with future development to provide for a link from Mandurah to Bunbury,” said professor Longley.

“It was essential that this funding was committed and the project allowed to commence in concert with the railway construction. I am very glad the University contacted me when they did so that I was able to contact the Minister and bring the deadline to his attention,” said Mr Randall.