CQUniversity excited for $140 million Rocky campus village
THE ANNOUNCEMENT of CQUniversity's new $140 million urban living village has got the university's Vice Chancellor buzzing with excitement.
Deputy Premier Jackie Trad announced on Wednesday that the development, which will include 2000 homes on 80ha of CQUniversity campus land, will be a combination of residential, retail and community areas that will accommodate for a diverse range of people with a number of housing options.
CQUniversity Vice Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman said he was excited about the development and that it would be a great living option for university students.
"This development gives us a chance to really engage with the community," Prof Bowman said.
"It's literally like a university community where people can live but there will also be a number of housing options to suit a diverse range of people. There's going to be some new facilities developed which we'll be able to share and people living in this facility will be able to use our university facilities like the sports centre and the food facilities.
"I think this development will make the university much more vibrant as well. We set out to be the most engaged university and this really helps us achieve that."
Prof Bowman said even with the future development, it was highly unlikely that the university would outgrow the campus.
"We've had increased growth over the last four to five years and I think this development will help with that growth," Professor Bowman said.
"There will still be a lot of land on the present site that will be dedicated to the university, we've done lots of planning and thinking about that land. We have ensured the land will still be dedicated to us and meet our needs for expansion for many years to come.
"The State Government's announcement is the next step in the process of transforming CQUniversity's campus into a vibrant urban university village precinct and we look forward to working with the State Government to realise the benefits of this exciting development."
Prof Bowman also said it was a positive move to boost the jobs sector in the region.
"It's said to generate 470 jobs which I believe is just in the building phase of the project so this development will help create more jobs within the university after the construction phase."
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The State Government is seeking a development partner for the project