Former CQUniversity site to deliver new benefits for Livingstone Shire residents

Published:02 July 2020

L-R: Member for Keppel, Brittany Lauga MP, CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Nick Klomp and Livingstone Shire Mayor Cr Andy Ireland

CQUniversity’s Yeppoon campus will take on a new lease of life, thanks to a community-focused agreement with Livingstone Shire Council.

The agreement, finalised this week, will see the former training site become a hub for adult and community education for Livingstone residents.

Livingstone Shire Mayor, Cr Andy Ireland, said the 1.2 hectare site had huge potential as a base for a number of local community groups.

“This is a fantastic outcome for the wider community and will provide an opportunity for Council to appropriately accommodate important adult and community education activities,” Cr Ireland said.

“Council has listened to the community which identified concerns about groups needing a dedicated space for such activities, and this opportunity provides a great solution to securing an ideal location.

“The proposal not only provides value for money, it also provides flexibility for Council to deliver services and facilities to the community.”

CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Nick Klomp, said he was pleased that the facility would continue to support the local community.

“It’s fantastic to see Livingstone Shire Council repurposing the former CQUniversity facility and providing dedicated spaces for community use,” Professor Klomp said.

“CQUniversity is proud that this agreement with LSC will see the former campus continue to contribute to engagement, growth and development within the Yeppoon area.”

Member for Keppel, Brittany Lauga MP, said she was pleased to help facilitate the agreement between CQUniversity and Council given the strong community focus.

“Community is the lifeblood of Keppel and this agreement will ensure our local community groups benefit from a renewed adult and community education focus,” Ms Lauga said.

“I’m so pleased to have been a part of facilitating this agreement between CQUniversity and Livingstone Shire Council, and I look forward to seeing the site being put to good use.

The facility is located in Tabone Street, Yeppoon and includes a number of classrooms, offices, storage areas, off-street car parking, a computer lab and a videoconferencing facility.

The agreement between CQUniversity and Livingstone Shire Council will see the facility rented for a peppercorn lease with Council taking responsibility for operational costs.