University links with Richmond Valley Council

Published 11 February 2008

Southern Cross University has formed new links with the Richmond Valley Council to support and promote the economic development of the region.

The University and the Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Friday (February 8) which will pave the way for joint projects in the areas of economic development, tourism and the environment. A ground breaking student internship scholarship is one of the proposals being discussed.

Professor Paul Clark, Southern Cross University Vice-Chancellor, said he looked forward to working closely with the Council.

"We have a strong commitment to the communities in our region and are delighted to formalise this arrangement with the Council,” Professor Clark said.

“We will now be looking at opportunities for research, and social, environment and economic development in the Richmond Valley.”

Southern Cross University has formalised arrangements with a number of councils throughout the Northern Rivers region and is working closely with councils in the Mid North Coast area.

Richmond Valley Council Mayor Cr Charlie Cox said the Council welcomed the opportunity to engage with and develop the relationship with Southern Cross University.

“The Memorandum of Understanding provides for Council and the University to work on a various initiatives that can assist with outcomes for the community,” Cr Cox said.

Photo: Cr Charlie Cox and Professor Paul Clark sign the Memorandum of Understanding. Also attending are back from left: Ros Derrett, Leanne Baker and Dr Peter Vitartas, from Southern Cross University; and Angela Jones, Wayne Halcrow, Brian Wilkinson (general manager) and Ray Medhurst from Richmond Valley Council.