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CQUniversity Gladstone Marina expansion moving ahead

CQUniversity Gladstone Marina expansion moving ahead

Published:01 September 2017

The Leo Zussino Building is one of the landmark facilities on the CQUni Gladstone Marina campus, which is scheduled for a significant expansion.

CQUniversity has today announced it has awarded the contract for minor works to commence as part of the $12.5 million expansion of the Gladstone Marina campus. 

The minor works contract, valued at $1.2 million, has been awarded to Paynter Dixon Queensland, with work expected to commence later next month. 

Minor works as part of the development will involve the refurbishment of several teaching facilities, making way for the unification of the University’s two Gladstone campuses. 

CQUniversity was last year awarded more than $10 million in Federal Government funding to transform and expand the Gladstone Marina site, allowing the University to construct a state-of-the-art TAFE Trades Training Centre, and Hair and Beauty Salons, and to refurbish learning and teaching spaces and staff workspaces. 

The University will also contribute more than $2.5 million of its own funds to drive the project. 

CQUniversity’s Associate Vice-Chancellor for the Gladstone region, Professor Owen Nevin, welcomed the news that the minor works contract had been awarded, explaining that it was a major milestone for the project and the Gladstone community.

“The University has been working closely with our local Federal member Ken O’Dowd and the local council to ensure this project moves ahead within the required timeframes. 

“The commencement of minor works is the first major milestone for the project and we expect to announce the contract and commencement of major works in the next few weeks. 

“The unification of our two Gladstone campuses will transform the delivery of education and training in the region and give the local community a real boost,” said Professor Nevin. 

Along with the Marina campus expansion, CQUniversity is also working with local and state government, and industry partners to develop an intergenerational health precinct on the current City campus site on Derby Street.

“We are very keen to continue working with our partners make the intergenerational health precinct a reality,” Professor Nevin says.

“It will provide a fantastic opportunity to develop a combined training and healthcare facility that provides a range of allied health and aged care services to the local community”.

Local Federal Member for Flynn, Ken O’Dowd agreed with Professor Nevin by saying that the campus expansion would benefit the local economy and put Gladstone on the map when it comes to the delivery of comprehensive post-school education and training. 

“The Federal Government is committed to the project and to ensuring that the Gladstone region has access to the very best facilities when it comes to vocational training and higher education,” Mr O’Dowd said.

“It is marvellous to see the project reach this milestone and even better to see that local jobs will be created during the construction – it’s a real boost for our economy both in the short and long term.

“I look forward to continuing to work with CQUniversity, to bring about the completion of this project.”

The minor works are expected to be completed by March 2018 and will create approximately 35 local construction jobs. 

“We are excited to be working with our clients at CQUniversity once again and continue our partnership with local trades in the Central Queensland region,” said PDQ General Manager Brett Johnston. 

The University anticipates that the entire project will be completed by February 2019.