$2 million Queensland State Government investment towards Isaac Country Universities Centres

06 May 2024

The Country Universities Centre (CUC) welcomes the Queensland Government’s investment of $2 million towards the establishment of CUC Isaac in Moranbah and Clermont.

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Kelly Vea Vea welcomed the benefit to the region that the Centre will provide.

“As the cost of living continues to rise across the country, leaving home and the regions to access higher education is getting harder.

“Distance education can be challenging without the right support. This funding is about making sure our potential is not pre-determined by our postcodes”, she said.

The funding will contribute to the establishment of facilities in both communities.

“Funded through the Resources Community Infrastructure Fund, this project will help advance technologies in the resources sector and enhance educational opportunities for the region said Minister for State Development and Infrastructure Grace Grace.

“The Miles Labor Government proudly backs Queensland’s regions, and this $2 million grant is another example of that.

“Both Clermont and Moranbah will directly benefit from these new facilities and I can’t wait to see how the partnership with the Country Universities Centre grows,” she said.

Chris Ronan, CEO of the CUC, commended the Queensland government’s commitment to the Isaac Region.

“We want to congratulate Isaac Regional Council on their vision to establish a CUC in Clermont and Moranbah with support of the Queensland Government.

This investment will provide more opportunities for regional Queenslanders to pursue tertiary education and diversify their skills without relocating from the community.”

About CUC

The Country Universities Centre is a network of community-led Centres dedicated to providing equitable access to higher education for regional people, ensuring they can pursue their aspirations without leaving their communities.

The CUC was founded in Cooma (population 8,000) in 2013 and has since expanded to a network of 21 Centres in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. Each CUC provides face-to-face academic and wellbeing student services from local staff, and facilities that have quiet study spaces, breakout rooms, high-speed internet, and a local learning community. This allows students to have the physical infrastructure and personalised face-to-face local support needed to ensure their higher education success. Every Centre is owned and run by a local skills-based volunteer board.

Media Enquiries

Chris Ronan, CEO
Phone: 0412 573 754
Email: chris.ronan@cuc.edu.au 

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