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First sod turned on CQUni campus expansion in Gladstone

First sod turned on CQUni campus expansion in Gladstone

Published:12 October 2017

The first sod has been turned on what will become CQUni’s new trades training centre on the Gladstone Marina campus.

The first sod has been turned on what will become CQUniversity’s new trades training centre on the Gladstone Marina campus.

CQUniversity’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Scott Bowman, was joined by Federal Member for Flynn, Mr Ken O’Dowd to celebrate the milestone which marks the commencement of the design and construction phase of the $12.5 million project.

The project includes the construction of a state-of-the-art TAFE Trades Training Centre, and Hair and Beauty Salons, and the refurbishment of existing learning and teaching spaces and staff offices.

Once completed, staff and students currently based at the University’s city campus on Derby Street will be relocated across to the expanded facility, allowing CQUniversity to deliver all courses, from certificate to PhD level, on the one site.

The project is being funded by the Australian Government who are providing $10 million through the Community Development Grants Programme, plus $2.5 million worth of university funding.

The contracts for both the major and minor works have been awarded to Paynter Dixon Queensland.

CQUniversity’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Scott Bowman, explained that the commencement of the project was a major milestone, not just for the University but so too the Gladstone community.

“CQUniversity has worked closely with stakeholders from across the community, local industry and governments at all levels, to make this campus expansion a reality and deliver the Gladstone community with what will be one of the most state-of-the-art trades training facilities in the country.”

Professor Bowman also went on to explain that once the facility is built, Gladstone will be the only region in Queensland where all levels of post-school education and training are delivered on the one site.

“This facility will allow us to transform the delivery of education and training in Gladstone and make it possible for us to provide the people of Gladstone with more options than ever before when it comes to study pathways and articulation between all levels of study,” said Professor Bowman.

Federal Member for Flynn, Mr Ken O’Dowd said that the Australian Government is committed to funding the project for up to $10 million.

“The Australian Government is committed to this project and investing in regional communities like Gladstone.  

“This is a vital project for the local region that will ensure locals have 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 the Central Queensland 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 University anticipates that the entire Gladstone Marina project will be completed by February 2019.

CQUniversity is also working with local industry, Gladstone Regional Council and the State Government to develop a plan for the future of the Gladstone City campus, with a proposal currently on the table to develop an intergenerational health precinct which would include aged care facilities, an allied health clinic and expanded clinical training spaces that will service an extensive and expanded range of vocational and degree education and training in the areas of nursing, aged care and allied health.