Downer calls for Fleurieu Regional Study Hub

19 Dec 2018

Young people on the Fleurieu Peninsula would have a range of tertiary study opportunities available to them without leaving the area with the establishment of a Regional Study Hub.

Liberal candidate for Mayo Georgina Downer said she would advocate for a Regional Study Hub to be located on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

“South Australia already has three of these hubs being established at Murray Bridge, Nuriootpa and in the Upper Spencer Gulf with a total funding commitment of more than $4 million,” Ms Downer said.

“The Australian Government’s Regional Study Hubs Program provides financial assistance to community-based organisations enabling them to establish and maintain study hubs in regional areas to support Commonwealth-assisted students doing undergraduate courses.

“I’m keen to work with the Fleurieu community, South Australian universities and the Australian Government to have such a hub located in the region.

“The hubs are facilities for undergraduate students providing academic support, study spaces, computer and internet access, video-conferencing, administrative support and library services.

“While there are some vocational tertiary options available in the region for students finishing high school, the Fleurieu merits some university options as well. This would reduce the cost burden on families and taxpayers of sending students to university campuses in Adelaide, enabling our young people to stay in their community while undertaking their studies.

“The Fleurieu Peninsula is a growing community where demand for locally-based tertiary education will only increase. University education opens so many career opportunities for young people and it’s important that we can offer the chance to undertake these studies in their own communities.”