University building nearing completion

MOVING ALONG: Robyn Farley, Charles Sturt University Wangaratta centre manager, and Anne Geddis, school and community outreach coordinator based in Wangaratta, check out the progress of the $7 million CSU Centre in Tone Road. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

A $7 MILLION building project tipped to expand the region’s tertiary education offering is due for completion mid-year.

The Charles Sturt University Centre in Tone Road is being built as a shared facility for CSU and Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE (GOTAFE), through a partnership between the two bodies.

Funded by the Federal Government’s Structural Adjustment Funding, the project commenced in September last year, and practical completion is expected by June 30, with the centre to be in full use by this September.

When complete, the facility will boast a 40 person wet laboratory, two 40 person seminar rooms, a teaching kitchen, student learning space, student computer laboratory, and office space.

Robyn Farley, Charles Sturt University Wangaratta centre manager, said the facility had been designed as a distance education hub, providing pathways from vocational education and training.

It will be used by distance education students when visiting the Tone Road campus for face-to-face elements of their courses, such as seminars, and by students enrolled in degrees other than those offered via the Wangaratta centre.

“Construction of the centre means we are able to expand our tertiary education offering, and once built it will also create a better awareness that we are here, and provide more of a profile, because sometimes that is a bricks and mortar thing,” Ms Farley said.

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