The announcement was made today (June 24) by the federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker.
Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Lee said it was fantastic news for Coffs Harbour.
“This is an exciting day for the University and the Coffs Harbour community. This investment would enable us to proceed with stage one of our allied health building, paving the way for new courses and facilities for students and the community,” Professor Lee said.
“We will introduce degrees in speech pathology and occupational therapy and establish the SCU Health Clinic, an innovative model of providing community care and professional experience for our students.”
Professor Lee acknowledged the strong support from the federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker and the Coffs community for the project.
“We have a strong vision for the future of Coffs Harbour and a long standing commitment to provide education opportunities for local students. We are delighted we are now able to take this next significant step, which will help fill an increasing need for skilled health professionals.”
Professor David Lynch, head of the Coffs Harbour campus, thanked the Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce, the Coffs Harbour City Council, representatives of the health sector and industry for their strong support for the project.
“Southern Cross University has a strong connection with the community and we have been working closely with a range of stakeholders to bring this project to fruition. It will provide significant new opportunities for young people in particular,” Professor Lynch said.
“The University contributes around $36.1 million in gross regional product to the economy and this project will bring with it new jobs, in the construction phase and beyond.”
Professor Lynch said the concept for the allied health building was well-developed.
“We are shovel-ready for this project. The funding will enable us to complete stage one and we will continue to look for funding opportunities to complete the additional stages.”
Photo: Southern Cross University Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Lee, federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker, Coffs Harbour City Council Mayor Denise Knight and Chamber of Commerce President George Cecato.
Media contact: Brigid Veale head of Communications and Publications, Southern Cross University, 02 66593006 or 0439 680 748.