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New university at Petrie officially opens

New university at Petrie officially opens

The opening of USC Moreton Bay at Petrie will forever change the educational, employment and earning potential of one of Australia’s fastest-growing regions.

Federal Member for Dickson Peter Dutton officially opened the university and spoke of it’s significance for the region.

“It’s great to be here celebrating the opening of a world-class university right here at Petrie in the heart of our region,” Mr Dutton said.

“This is the first new greenfield university campus to be built in Australia in the last 14 years and I am very proud it is based right here in our community.

“For the first time young people will have the opportunity to undertake tertiary study in our region with world-leading facilities.”

Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth spoke about the research and tech capabilities planned for the site.

“There is $15 million worth of technology in this precinct. Students will get to utilise a thermodynamics laboratory, nursing simulation rooms, robotics facilities, and even a large ‘superlab’ for chemical experiments,” Mr Howarth said.

The opening of USC Moreton Bay at Petrie will forever change the educational, employment and earning potential of one of Australia’s fastest-growing regions.

Federal Member for Dickson Peter Dutton officially opened the university and spoke of it’s significance for the region.

“It’s great to be here celebrating the opening of a world-class university right here at Petrie in the heart of our region,” Mr Dutton said.

“This is the first new greenfield university campus to be built in Australia in the last 14 years and I am very proud it is based right here in our community.

“For the first time young people will have the opportunity to undertake tertiary study in our region with world-leading facilities.”

Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth spoke about the research and tech capabilities planned for the site.

“There is $15 million worth of technology in this precinct. Students will get to utilise a thermodynamics laboratory, nursing simulation rooms, robotics facilities, and even a large ‘superlab’ for chemical experiments,” Mr Howarth said.

“It’s an incredibly exciting time to be a student in this area. I look forward to seeing how businesses in areas like North Lakes, Narangba and Clontarf will seize this wave of business, and all that the stream of well-educated and forward thinking graduates will do to innovate, expand and create new opportunities in our community.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government’s $35 million investment in essential infrastructure at the Mill at Moreton Bay would provide long-term benefits to the Moreton Bay Region.

“In addition to addressing the current undersupply of tertiary education options within this growing region, this investment will also produce long-term economic benefits to the region as it will also serve as a catalyst for the creation of a surrounding innovation and economic hub that is expected to generate significant employment and investment opportunities,” Mr McCormack said.

“By supporting 100 jobs in construction and creating an expected 2,200 ongoing jobs after completion, in addition to using local businesses and supplies, this project will help bring economic prosperity to Moreton Bay for many years to come.”

Minister for Education Dan Tehan spoke about the Commonwealth loan which enabled the university to become a reality.

“The Commonwealth is proud to support tertiary education in Moreton Bay and the $121 million loan enabled Stage One of the USC Campus to go ahead,” Mr Tehan said.

“The Coalition Government is committed to ensuring Australian students have access to top quality universities across our cities and in regional areas.”

Acting Mayor of Moreton Bay Regional Council Mike Charlton said this project was an emblem of what’s possible when all three levels of government work together.

“When Regional Development Australia’s Tertiary Education Study revealed just 35 per cent of local school-leavers went on to university, we knew we had to act,” Cr Charlton said.

“Council appealed to the state and federal governments to partner with us and USC on a project to transform the educational opportunities and job prospects of generations to come.

“Today is the start of that journey, and I cannot wait to see Petrie evolve into an exciting new epicentre of learning and economic opportunity that will lure the best and brightest minds from around the world to study, live and work right here in Moreton Bay.

“Many people don’t realise that The Mill PDA will become a knowledge and innovation hub that’s 50 per cent larger than the Brisbane CBD, which will generate thousands of new jobs and write a brand-new chapter for the Moreton Bay Region.”

USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said Moreton Bay had been under-represented in higher education, and was previously the only location of its size in the country without its own full-service university campus.

“Today, that has all changed,” Professor Hill said.

“We now have the exciting opportunity to harness the region’s true potential, significantly boosting education opportunities for local residents with jobs-focused programs that have been tailored to meet local needs.

“The strong demand for university education in Moreton Bay is clearly evident, with Semester 1 enrolments already exceeding our expectations across the 50 undergraduate programs offered here.

“In fact, our QTAC first preference applications indicate that USC has become the university of choice for Moreton Bay residents.”

The foundation building was designed by architecture firm Hassell Studio to cater for rapid growth of the student population over the first three years.

This project received $35 million in funding from the Australian Government under the Community Development Grants Program and a further $121 million on loan, as well as $52 million from the Moreton Bay Regional Council.

The project was officially opened by Minister Peter Dutton on 9 March 2020.

 

 

 

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Peter Dutton, Member for Dickson, opens USC Moreton Bay Petrie campus

Peter Dutton, Member for Dickson, opens USC Moreton Bay Petrie campus

Member for Dickson and Federal Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton officially opened the “impressive foundation building” of University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) Moreton Bay campus at Petrie yesterday. 

The opening of the campus will be of interest to early childhood education and care (ECEC) providers in Australia, and Queensland specifically, as the country continues to combat workforce shortages.

After addressing a crowd of 430 invited guests about the significant positive impacts the university campus will bring to the region, Mr Dutton declared the campus open. The ceremony began with an energetic Welcome to Country from the Gubbi Gubbi Dance Troupe, and also included speeches by Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan, Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath, Acting Moreton Bay Mayor Mike Charlton, USC Chancellor Sir Angus Houston AK, and USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill.

In his remarks, Mr Dutton said the campus “would forever change the educational, employment and earning potential of one of Australia’s fastest-growing regions”.

The campus includes $15 million of technology, and is tipped to promote innovation in the region, and also to expand and create new opportunities in a variety of sectors and industries, including early childhood education and care (ECEC).

USC’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill thanked Mr Dutton for his efforts in securing the $121 million Commonwealth loan that enabled construction of the foundation building as stage one of the new campus.

Professor Hill explained that the Moreton Bay region was “significantly under-represented” in higher education and had been the only location of its size in Australia without its own full-service university campus.

“Today, that has all changed,” he said. “We now have the exciting opportunity to harness the region’s true potential, significantly boosting education opportunities for local residents with jobs-focussed programs that have been tailored to meet local needs.

Semester One enrolments have already exceeded expectations, across the 50 undergraduate programs on offer, reflecting the strong demand for university education in Moreton Bay.

Moreton Bay Regional Council provided the land required for the project, something Professor Hill said reflected the “humbling” support from the local community.

“It must be said, if not for the vision and determination of the Moreton Bay Regional Council and its Mayor, this might not have eventuated in this way. If not for the Commonwealth and State Governments recognising the untapped potential in this region, it would have made the journey to this point a lot, lot longer. And, of course, without dedicated and passionate USC staff this would never have been possible,” Professor Hill added.

The USC Moreton Bay foundation building was designed by Hassell Studio and built by construction firm Hansen Yuncken over 18 months. The huge central atrium is suitable for community events, and has been designed to cater for rapid growth of the student population (up to 3,600 students) over the campus’s first three years.

There is a 460-seat lecture theatre, state-of-the-art learning technology, nursing simulation labs, engineering labs, a ‘makerspace’ and library facilities.

USC Moreton Bay currently offers almost 50 undergraduate degrees including early childhood education.The campus is tipped to grow significantly over the next decade, with an anticipated student population of 10,000 by 2030.

It will become the centrepiece of Moreton Bay Regional Council’s ‘The Mill at Moreton Bay’ development, which was declared a Priority Development Area by the State Government in 2016. This development will include commercial and residential areas, as well as large areas that will be returned to nature.

 

 

 

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Fast boat tours taking off from Brisbane-Moreton Bay

Fast boat tours taking off from Brisbane-Moreton Bay

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones has today launched Queensland’s newest tourist experience.

Ms Jones officially welcomed the first tourists onto River to Bay’s first adventure tours from Brisbane to Moreton Bay.

The Minister said the $2.1 million project – delivered through a partnership with the Palaszczuk Government – would generate up to $6 million a year, support dozens of new jobs and bring an extra 62,000 tourists per annum to Queensland.

“We invest in tourism attractions that we know will bring more tourists to Queensland and create local jobs,” she said.

“Connecting the city to the Bay is crucial to southeast’s Queensland’s growth as a tourism destination.

“With fast boats like these, we’ll be able to ferry more tourists out to the Bay quicker than ever before.

“Tourists will be able to go from fine dining and city life in the city to a unique ecotourism and cultural experience in the Bay in under half-an-hour – it’s potentially a game changer.”

The first of four locally-built boats built for River to Bay has been launched today.

The boat has been named Kabul in the Jandai language meaning carpet snake, totem ancestor of the Noonuccal people.

From today, visitors can choose between two full day tours, the Straddie Safari or the Best of Moreton Bay.

Ms Jones said the new boats could travel at up to 45 knots (83 km/h) and would carry up to 30 people.

“The first tourists on the Straddie Safari tour will go to Moreton Bay where they’ll spend the day exploring the beaches, learning about local history and enjoying the laid back island vibe of Minjerribah,” she said.

“They’ll also have the special opportunity to see koalas, kangaroos, dolphins, rays and dugongs in their natural habitat.”

Departing on alternate days, the Best of Moreton Bay tour will also take visitors from the Brisbane River to Moreton Bay and includes an island hopping adventure.

Visitors can experience snorkelling and bushwalking and discover historic ruins, shipwrecks, deserted beaches, endangered shorebirds and our distinctive native wildlife all in one day directly from the city.

“Many tourists arrive in Brisbane and use the city as a stepping stone to other Queensland destinations. We hope by linking the city’s key accommodation areas to the wonders of the Bay, we can keep these visitors here longer,” Ms Jones said.

The next boat is expected to be operational by April 2020 with the last two planned to be finished by the end of the year.

River to Bay director Anthony Stanton said the flexibility of these relatively small fast tour boats allows pick up of passengers from various departure points such as the Cruise Ship Terminal at Portside, Howard Smith Wharves and other River Access Hub Pontoons.

“Constructed here in Brisbane, each of these boats will take about 2000 hours to build and are powered by efficient outboard motors.

“Our hope is that our boats will become an instrument for us to showcase the story of the Bay, its traditional owners and newer settlers alike.

“We hope our design strikes the perfect balance of being small enough to allow the intimacy of a small group tour, while being large enough to provide that experience in safety and comfort.

“Each boat is a visitor’s passport to adventure, with beach landing capability and integrated snorkel/swim facilities.

“River to Bay provides direct access from Brisbane City to the most secret and special locations in Moreton Bay – back in time for dinner.”

 

 

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Brisbane

Brisbane’s $5.4bn Cross River Rail Board Dismissed

Brisbane’s $5.4bn Cross River Rail Board Dismissed (1)

The Queensland government will dismiss the 10-member independent board overseeing the state’s largest infrastructure project as the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project moves into the construction phase.

Cross River Rail minister Kate Jones made the announcement earlier this week, a move she says will ensure the delivery of the major infrastructure project as “on track and on budget”.

The project, a 10.2 kilometre rail line, including 5.9 kilometres of twin tunnels, and will comprise four underground stations.

Jones, who replaced deputy premier Jackie Trad in the project role at the end of last year after Trad’s Woolloongabba investment property debacle, said she had been reviewing the structure of the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority.

Jones announced the reform package to ensure contractual commitments on the Cross River Rail project are delivered, the decision comes after complaints were made about the contractor CPB.

Jones, who will take direct control of the Brisbane Cross River Rail project, said that Queensland will “heed the lessons” from southern states experiencing contractual disputes delaying infrastructure projects.

Brisbane’s $5.4bn Cross River Rail Board Dismissed (2)

In a statement, Jones said CPB was “trying to weasel its way out of its contract” with the Victorian government on the West Gate Tunnel.

“I want to ensure I have the right people with the right skills to deliver this project and hold CPB and Pulse Consortium to account,” she said.

The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority will now report directly to the minister, with a compliance unit to be established, ensuring the commitments made by the contractor are met during its construction.

The board, which was due to expire in April this year, will be restructured as the project transitions from procurement to the construction phase.

As part of its next phase, Queensland company Wagners was awarded a $40 million contract to supply precast concrete segments on the project, last week.

Work on the Cross River Rail to date, includes more than 140 piles sunk into the site to stabilise the station box during excavation.

Excavation has hit a depth of roughly five metres with a further 27-metres to go before the station box base level is reached.

While, eight of the 132 piles have been sunk for the temporary ramp that the tunnel boring machines will use to access the tunnel site.

 

 

 

 

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