It's great to see tertiary facilities slowly improving in Geraldton.
The following is a media statement regarding the Geraldton Uni Centre.
Stage 2 of the Geraldton Universities Centre (GUC) has advanced with the State Government announcing the successful tenderer to build five new teaching rooms, IT facilities and administration area.
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said Geraldton Building Services and Cabinets Pty Ltd had won the tender for part of the $3million project, funded through Royalties for Regions’ Mid West Investment Plan (MWIP). “Further funding of more than $1million was also provided through the Royalties for Regions’ Regional Development Council Action Agenda Funding Scheme which has been used to expand course options and to provide new IT services,” Mr Grylls said.
“This facility will enable GUC to meet the growing education needs for the Mid-West community while providing equitable experiences for regional students, including using the best technology along with face to face tutorials.”
Mr Grylls said the new development will include an office, toilets and a small kitchen as well as the new teaching rooms and IT facilities. Education Minister Peter Collier said through its unique approach, the Geraldton Universities Centre was helping people in the Mid-West obtain a university degree without having to leave their region.
“The local community has driven its development from the outset a decade ago and has a clear vision for its future. The fact that it is rapidly outgrowing its Stage 1 facilities is testimony to the validity of that vision and I am proud the Government is able to help them to further it even more,” Mr Collier said.
Enrolments at GUC for 2013 have already exceeded expectations and at its current rate of growth will outgrow its current capacity by 2014.
The new building is scheduled to be completed in November 2013 and is expected to be fully operational for the start of the 2014 academic year