Planning delay will not stop University of Sunshine Coast opening on time at Petrie

The University of the Sunshine Coast is postponing planning on the proposed Petrie campus for three months but chief operating officer Dr Scott Snyder insists the campus will open in 2020.

“We have written to Moreton Bay Regional Council to have the development milestones delayed by three months,” Mr Snyder said.

He said the delay was to clarify what federal funding was available after a new government was sworn in.

Mayor Allan Sutherland said he was hoping for $200 million from the Federal Government.

The Coalition has promised $35 million and Labor $98 million of which 90 per cent was for capital works.

Mr Snyder said more money would be needed and the council was “in a different set of conversations” on funding.

“I see nothing at the moment which will stop us from starting in 2020,” Mr Snyder said.

He said the university and council were yet to sign a lease agreement.

 

So far, the two parties have signed a development co-operation agreement, the details of which are “commercial in confidence”.

Mr Snyder said the university would open with 1500-2000 students while a temporary off-site campus could open in 2019 so continuing students could join first-years in 2020.

He said numbers would rise to 10,000 over 10 years.

“The university will have general courses and specialist courses including computer science and electrical engineering,” he said.

He said the campus would have a technical and applied focus on sport complementary to that of the Australian Institute of Sport.

He said the university was engaging architects and the start of construction was at least 12 months away.

A spokeswoman for Moreton Bay Regional Council said the funding allocation of $13.4 million in the 2016/17 council budget was for planning and design work.

Source: Quest News

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