Professor Neal Ryan, Speaker John Mickel and Professor Bryan Rothwell inspect progress at the Campus.
Professor Neal Ryan, Speaker John Mickel and Professor Bryan Rothwell inspect progress at the Campus. Supplied

Gold Coast campus on track

THE new Gold Coast campus for Southern Cross University is a step closer to completion.

The Speaker of Queensland Parliament, John Michel, toured the construction site yesterday.

He was accompanied by the head of Tweed Heads and Gold Coast campuses, Professor Bryan Rothwell and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Research, Professor Neal Ryan.

Mr Mickel is the former transport, trade, employment and industrial relations minister.

Professor Rothwell said the university was on track to open in February.

“Our aim is to provide not only new educational opportunities for students, but to contribute to the social, economic and cultural development of this region,” Professor Rothwell said.

“The construction of the building itself has already had a significant impact locally.

“And as the interior fit-out gets underway it is expected up to 65 people will be working on the site each day.

“We have developed strong links with the Gold Coast City Council, Gold Coast Institute of TAFE and the Gold Coast Sport Business Taskforce as well as a range of other local community organisations and businesses.”

An August update for the Gold Coast campus, distributed by the university, says the exterior of the building will be completed shortly.

The remainder of the scaffolding will be coming down and the golden-yellow and silver-white metallic composite aluminium panelling will be attached by the end of the month.

Fully operational lifts and all internal walls have now been installed.

Ground-floor showers will soon be completed for students who choose to cycle to the university.

The university opens to students in February next year.

The campus will offer courses in business, convention and event management, and law and paralegal studies.



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