Hold the 'for sale' signs

DISCUSSION regarding the sale of the Southern Cross University Tweed Heads campus could be premature, with the university’s vice chancellor saying no decision has been made on the property.

Ideas have been floated in recent days about either Tweed Shire Council or The Tweed Hospital acquiring the property after SCU moves all its Tweed Heads classes to its new campus at Bilinga.

But the university is not just moving, it is growing.

Construction of the second stage of Southern Cross University’s Gold Coast campus, including a 10-storey, 10,000 sq m building, will get under way soon.

“We are preparing for considerable expansion,” Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Lee said.

That means the Tweed Heads campus could still be of use to the university, possibly as an administration centre.

“Courses currently offered at Riverside and Lakeside in Tweed Heads will eventually move to the Gold Coast campus at Bilinga, consolidating the operations of the univer- sity and providing opportunity for further growth,” Prof Lee said.

“We have not yet made a decision on the future use of the facilities at Brett Street, Tweed Heads, and will be considering all our options for this site.”

The foundation building at Southern Cross Uni- versity’s new Gold Coast campus opened in February last year and offers courses in business, convention and event management, international tour- ism management and law and paralegal studies.

The recent announcement that all courses would soon be moved to the Bilinga campus prompted speculation on possible future uses for the Tweed site.

State Nationals MP Geoff Provest said that if the building did become available, he would push for The Tweed Hospital to purchase it for expansion of services to cater for Tweed’s rapidly growing population.

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