New Hub for CQUniversity - 25 May 2017

Published on 25 May 2017

City of Busselton Council has agreed to lease the former Visitor Centre at 38 Peel Terrace Busselton to CQUniversity for use as a study hub. The City of Busselton will lease the property to the university for a period of five years. The move and expansion of the study hub illustrates the growing partnership between CQUniversity and the City of Busselton and demonstrates CQUniversity’s ongoing commitment to the provision of higher education in the region.

Almost one year after CQUniversity first opened at the Busselton Community Resource Centre, it will expand into much larger premises in a high profile location at the town’s entrance. This new location will provide greater visibility and accessibility along with more dedicated space for teaching and learning.

The CQUniversity Busselton Regional Advisory Group, comprised of local community leaders, has been working hard to support and guide the growth of the university for the past year. Regional Advisory Group Chairman, local business owner Peter Gordon said the relocation was an important milestone for the University. “After many years of looking at higher education opportunities in the region, it’s exciting to see CQUniversity growing strong. It’s a great outcome for the University and for the people of the South West.”

CQUniversity Busselton Study Hub Coordinator, Angela Bancilhon said the local community response to CQUniversity has been overwhelmingly positive. “We intend to turn this property into a vibrant and welcoming space for students to study and connect with each other. The building will make an ideal learning hub and we’re very excited about the relocation.”

Local CQUniversity student, Allie McGrath, supports the relocation. “Having returned to study as a mature age student, CQU has given me access to a wide range of course options with local support at the study hub. A new and expanded study hub on Peel Terrace is very exciting.”

City of Busselton Mayor Grant Henley said that growing educational opportunities in the South West was a Council priority. “This is a great outcome and I want to thank all those involved in its realisation. I also want to pay homage to former City Councillor Tom Tuffin who played an important role in attracting the higher education sector to the South West in the first instance.”

CQUniversity is a leader in the delivery of flexible distance education and is recognised as one of the top 100 young universities in the world by The Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

CQUniversity has more than 30,000 students in Australia and delivers more than 300 programs from Certificate I to PhD level. CQUniversity also offers STEPS, an enabling course that provides an alternate pathway for people to gain entry to and excel at university.

Outcomes and objectives outlined in this statement align with City of Busselton Key Goal Area 4 An economy that is diverse, resilient and prosperous.  Ends. Media enquiries can be directed to media@busselton.wa.gov.au