Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie took a significant step forward with a ground-breaking ceremony for the $42 million stage one of its new campus held on Friday 8 August.
Head of Campus at CSU in Port Macquarie, Emeritus Professor Ross Chambers, welcomed guests to the Lake Innes campus site five kilometres from central Port Macquarie.
"This is a very exciting for Charles Sturt University and an important landmark for developing education on the NSW Mid North Coast," Professor Chambers said.
"The ceremony formalises the start of construction on stage one of Charles Sturt University's permanent campus at Port Macquarie. It will accommodate over 1 000 students and 100 staff, and support a broad range of courses and research drawn from all Faculties. The University acknowledges the strong support of the Mid North Coast community and the hard work of many people from the community which has made the establishment of a permanent campus at Port Macquarie possible."
Professor Chambers noted that planning is well advanced for developing student accommodation at Port Macquarie and preliminary planning has commenced for stage two of the campus.
Port Macquarie Mayor Cr Peter Besseling, Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie MP, CSU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Prof Garry Marchant, State Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams MP, Birpai Elder Uncle Bill O'Brien and Mrs Mavis Barnes OAM.
APP project director Greg Carmichael, Watpac Constructions project director Amos Frankel, CSU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Prof Garry Marchant, CSU Port Macquarie Head of Campus Emeritus Professor Ross Chambers, CSU Division of Facilities Management project manager Peter Scott, Birpai Elder Uncle Bill O'Brien and Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie MP.
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