Mayor Sutherland Off to Canberra to seek key federal funding priorities for his region.
New University Project is centre of that funding request Monday November 30, 2015
Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland will travel to Canberra Monday November 30, 2015 to discuss the Moreton Bay University Precinct with influential members of the Federal Government and Federal Opposition.
Mayor Sutherland said he hoped to speak directly with the Major Projects Minister and the Federal Opposition’s infrastructure spokesperson about key federal funding priorities for his region.
“There is no doubt federal funding for the new university campus at Petrie is at the very top of my list of things to discuss with key federal politicians,” the Mayor said.
“As one of the fastest growing urban areas in the country with a further 40 percent population growth expected in the next 20 years, I will continue fight for my region’s fair share of federal funding.
“I will be working very closely with the Federal Government and our local Federal MPs over the next few months to lobby for and hopefully secure federal funding of the Moreton Bay Region University Precinct.
“We’ve achieved a number of key milestones already on the university project including identifying and securing a centrally located site, running a robust Expressions of Interest and tender process to appoint a university partner, and announcing the successful university earlier this month.
“This project is too important to the people of our region not to receive federal funding. Step by step we will get there. And just like the Moreton Bay Rail Link project, our council will lead the way on securing vital State and Federal funding for the Moreton Bay Region University Precinct.
“Moreton Bay Regional Council has a bold vision and strong plan for our region’s future. We’re not a council that sits back and waits for State and Federal funding to find us. We go out there and make it happen for our region. And we’ll keep doing just that.”
Earlier this month, the University of Sunshine Coast announced it would be establishing a major new university campus at Petrie.
The first intake of students is expected in 2020. More than 30 courses will be on offer when the university opens its doors at Petrie including law, business, science, engineering and many more.
USC will cater for up to 10,000 in the first 10 years, with more than 700 jobs expected onsite.
For more information about the project visit MBRC Uni Precinct Website
Mayor Sutherland is travelling to Canberra as part of the SEQ Council of Mayors Delegation.
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