New students at Southern Cross University this year are the first to navigate the complexities of campus life without the help of the student union but by next year a heated pool could provide some relief.
The union ceased operation last December as a result of the federal governments VSU (Voluntary Student Unionism) legislation, which means students no longer have to pay mandatory fees for a range of services.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Clark, said the university had spent $400,000 to maintain the majority of these services. This week the university also received $2 million from the federal governments VSU Transition Fund for a sport and leisure centre.
The leisure centre will include an aquatic centre plus a student eatery and a performance, meeting and activity space for use by students and the general community. It will also include a new health and fitness centre.
The facility comprises a 25m lap pool and a recreational pool housed in a fabric enclosure that is up to six times cheaper than erecting a building. Professor Clark said one of the pools will be heated for year-round use.
This is a very welcome announcement and will further enhance the facilities we have for students on our Lismore campus, Professor Clark said. As we develop the gymnasium and aquatic facilities there will be a number of job opportunities that students will be suited for.
The new leisure centre is expected to be opened during 2008.
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