Thursday, May 30, 2024

Qld Govt commits $2m to new Isaac university centres

The Queensland Government has announced $2 million to enhance educational access for Isaac residents living in the heart of the region’s coal and agricultural communities.

The funding will see Isaac Regional Council establish two Isaac Country Universities Centres in Clermont and Moranbah, joining 21 other regional communities across Australia.

Mayor, Kelly Vea Vea said the new centres would be strategically designed to bridge the gap between regional students and campus resources.

“As the cost of living continues to rise across the country, leaving home and the regions to access higher education is getting harder,” she said.

“Distance education can be challenging without the right support. This funding is about making sure our potential is not pre-determined by our postcodes.

“Isaac Country Universities Centres in Clermont and Moranbah will offer quality facilities, educational support, programming, and social networks for those undertaking university.

“Together we can ensure this access to opportunity is at our doorstep.”

Queensland Deputy Premier, Cameron Dick says the new centres will bring like-minded students together, fostering a sense of community and collaboration.

“Every Queenslander deserves opportunity regardless of where they live.”

“This means opportunity to have a safe and secure home, access to quality and safe healthcare, good meaningful employment, and the ability to improve themselves through education.

“That’s why the Miles Labor Government is investing $2 million to help Isaac Regional Council establish two Isaac Country Universities Centres,” said Mr Dick.

Currently, just 13% of Isaac residents hold a bachelor’s degree or higher level of education.

“These study hubs will play a crucial role in addressing this disparity and empowering residents to improve their prospects through education,” said Minister for State Development and Infrastructure, Grace Grace.

“The Miles Labor Government proudly backs Queensland’s regions, and this $2 million grant is another example of that,” she said.

“Both Clermont and Moranbah will directly benefit from these new facilities and I can’t wait to see how the partnership with the Country Universities Centre grows.

“Earlier this year I was also proud to announce almost $40 million for the Isaac Regional Council to construct the Isaac Resources Centre of Excellence.

“Funded through the Resources Community Infrastructure Fund, this project will help advance technologies in the resources sector and enhance educational opportunities for the region,” the Minister said.

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