SOUTHERN Cross University will establish a science and engineering precinct in Lismore and construct a new 'learning centre' to replace the existing library, thanks to a $28 million injection of funds from the Federal Government.
Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Lee said the current library, which is located adjacent to specialist science research facilities, would be repurposed into a Science and Engineering Precinct.
The University will be offering a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering from this year and this new development will enable new branches of engineering, and courses in science and regional planning to be introduced in the coming years.
"This is a very exciting day for Southern Cross University and for our community. This new development will transform our Lismore campus. It enables us to increase the range of courses we offer in the science and engineering field, providing further opportunities for students within our region," Professor Lee said.
The total cost of the capital works project is $39 million with the Federal Government money coming from the Education Investment Fund and $258,000 from the State Government.
Page MP Janelle Saffin was at the launch last Thursday and said the project would be worth $135 million to the local economy in the first ten years and would create 120 direct and indirect jobs.
"(And) an additional 576 engineering graduates and 345 science and regional planning graduates in the workforce.
"I like the double impact of investing dollars into our local economy and creating jobs now and for our younger generation as we prepare for the future," Ms Saffin said.
It is anticipated the facilities will be completed in 2015.
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